Oct 21, 2015

Book Review: By My Side by Wendy Lou Jones

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Review by Anniek: 

Lena has lost her boyfriend and her best friend through betrayal. She's sad and depressed. Her mother, Gloria, doesn't want to leave Lena alone so that's why she brings her to a funeral. Waiting in a side room a woman takes place next to her and begins to tell her a story about love. This story is about Kate and Adam. 

Kate is a dedicated nurse. She is loving, warm and passionate about her job. When she hears Adam going at it at a young male at the hospital she can't hold herself back and confronts Adam about his behavior. Even though she tries very hard to defend her argument he breaks her down in seconds. 

Adam is a very private person. He does his job and he does this well. A tragic accident in his past has kept him from loving again. It doesn't happen very often that people stand up to him and he finds himself curious about Kate. When feelings for her are starting to come to the surface he struggles with letting go of the past. When tragedy repeats itself Adam has no choice about letting these feelings in and he's dropping the walls around his heart. 

I absolutely loved this story! Kate is a very strong person who stands up for herself and I loved that about her. At the same time she is a bit uncertain about what to sometimes, which is why I found her very charming. Adam displays himself as being tough, but he actually is wounded and I wished for him to let love in. 

While I was reading this story I read a quote from Johnny Depp and it really says it all: 

There are four questions of value in life...What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for...and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. 

Only Love. 

Wendy Jones has the amazing gift of knowing how to bring a story. The way she wrote By my Side made me smile, made me cry and it really made my heart ache sometimes. The ending surprised me. I was so sucked into the story that I didn't see it coming. Since the very first page she drew me in and never let me go until the very last line. I really look forward to reading much more of her work. Consider me a new member of her fan base...

4 comments:

  1. Thank you to Suze and Anniek for this. It's so lovely to hear people have enjoyed my book. :-) And great quote from Johnny Depp!

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    1. I am very glad that you like the review! I enjoyed reading your book very much. I saw this quote and it was everything that needed to be said. Have a great day!

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  2. Loved this review. The book sounds really good, like most you review, I've added it to my "want to read" list. Loved the quote.

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    1. Great to hear that you found the review useful. I am sure that you will love this book. Thank you for taking the time to place a comment. Have a great day!

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