Delighted to be bringing this review to you today. Not my usual type of review on here but I am sharing it with you all because it is a perfect book to take your mind of every day life, snuggle up on your sofa or in your duvet with a hot drink and enjoy. It is important to take time out from work or in my case reading and writing about domestic abuse, this was perfect and I actually felt refreshed for reading something different.
Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach. Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence. Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.
I have given Perfect Imperfections 5 stars.
Perfect Imperfections is an easy read which leaves you wondering what is in the next gift, in fact I think it was the first time that I have felt jealous of an author because Taryn knew what gift would come next. I commend Taryn for her detail on the gifts and the way she has brought depth to the characters through their thoughts. The characters were relatable to real life and loveable, I connected well with the main character Sarah with her feelings of betrayal and having to confront her past. I believe I have an Edward in my life and he is incredibly loveable.
Its the perfect read to enjoy in bed with a hot drink or to snuggle up on the sofa. I read a lot of books that are emotionally draining and can take a while to get through or demand my focus so this was a pleasant change because it was like talking a lovely stroll through a park, pleasant and heart warming. If you are looking to simply enjoy some time out then this book is for you, comes highly recommended.
Extra thoughts – may contain spoilers-
I hadn’t expected to put my work brain into gear when I saw glimpses of what could have linked to domestic abuse within the novel.
Adam is Sarah’s ex husband and he is spoken about by Sarah stating that he used to hate her having curls in her hair and he wouldn’t allow her to leave the house in them. Sarah would then iron them flat every day because of this. Sarah later expresses that she feels more human now that she isn’t with him any longer.
Extract from Perfect Imperfections;
Instead I live how I want to and the people around me love me for who I truly am. No pretentiousness, you know? It’s as if the mask I wore all those years, trying to be the perfect wife, has finally been removed and I am beginning to love who I truly am. My identity is no longer found in Adam; I now have my own identity.
I can relate to what Sarah is saying here completely from the abusive relationship I was in, perhaps there’s more to this story then what I originally thought.
About the author
My name, Taryn-Leigh, is actually my first name, given to me by my mother.
While pregnant with me she read a book where the main characters name was Taryn-Leigh, and she decided to name me after this character she fell so in love with.
Being an only child I found reading a welcomed way of escaping into a phenomenal world. My first experience with books was Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree. She had me hooked and soon all my school days were spent with my nose buried in books.
My love for writing grew and so I explored this further by writing on various topics on three different blogs I developed and hosted over the years.
One night while falling asleep the plot to Perfect Imperfections came to me, and I woke up and immediately began writing out the plot. So began my journey to become an Author, with my novel being published by Olympia Publishers in March 2017 in the UK.
I now spend my days working in my day job, while dreaming up plots of books I’m writing in my spare time. I live in Pretoria, South Africa, with my husband, son and two cocker spaniels.
I absolutely love connecting with my readers via social media, and I would love to hear from you. Please also send me pictures of you reading my book, and chat to me about your thoughts of the story line and characters I love so much.
My mission is to write the type of books, who’s characters leave such lasting impression on you, that you are even willing to name your children after them, like my mom did.
Find out more about Taryn on her website www.tarynleighauthor.com
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