This is a lovely book that moves back and forth in time. Macy Sorensen was a young girl when her mother died of cancer. She left behind letters and instructions for her husband, to help him raise their daughter, and Macy and her dad are very close.
One of the things her mother suggests is that they get a vacation home, and they find a small house not too far away in the wine country area where they can spend weekends and vacations. Macy is a big reader, a girl after my own heart, and one of the reasons they buy the house is because the closet off of her bedroom is large enough to create a library, and they do. But the day they move in, Macy finds a boy her own age, Elliot Petropoulos, reading in the closet. They quickly become friends, then best friends, and eventually more.
Macy in present day is a pediatric resident in a Berkeley hospital, working crazy hours. She lives with a man, an artist, and his daughter. They don’t see each other much but it is a comfortable relationship for both of them. In fact, they are engaged.
We know something catastrophic happens with Elliot, because they haven’t seen each other for eleven years. As the story unfurls, we learn more about each of them and their relationship until the back and forth catches up to present day.
I loved this book. I loved getting to know these characters and cared about what happened and why. A terrific, heartwarming read!
3/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
LOVE AND OTHER WORDS by Christina Lauren. Gallery Books (April 10, 2018). ISBN 978-1501128011. 432p.