2022 Reading Challenge

2022 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: unlock your storybook heart by Amanda Lovelace (you are your own fairy tale #3)

This third book in the series was still quite lovely, but I must confess I didn’t find it quite as resonant as the first two – and I think it’s due to the differences in listening versus reading…

Lovelace has a wonderful knack for taking the darkest moments of her life and relating them in a way that is honest and resonant and not at all self-pitying or overly maudlin. She presents the naked truth of her experiences and shows the reader how she moved out of the dark and into the light. And she does it with a lovely lyrical linguistic style and format that allows her to keep the sharp corners and edges in place but not cut the reader to shreds with them.

And yet, somehow, in this third book I didn’t feel the same connection that I did with the earlier two. Don’t get me wrong – I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It moved me and brought tears to my eyes and, eventually, a smile to my lips as things finally came together and our heroine got her well-deserved happy ending.

I’m not sure exactly where or why it lost the magicality of the others in the series. It is possible that it is due to my most recent “reads” of the first two books actually being “listens”. I reviewed those as audiobooks and listened to them both in sequence before turning to this third book. I really enjoyed listening to them – perhaps even more than reading them previously, which is something I never experience – and am wondering if the resonant connection I felt was the more powerful for hearing the author read her stories in her own voice. Perhaps that’s the piece I’m missing with this last installment. I will definitely be hunting down an audio copy to see if that’s it.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

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