It's You By: Jane Porter

Book Description...

"In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.

What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.

As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her."

Title:  It's You
Author:  Jane Porter
Publisher:  Berkley
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"It's You" by Jane Porter

What I liked about this novel....

I really like how this author was able to give the reader such a good story of healing as it was for Ali especially after she left for Napa after the death of her mother and untimely death of her finance Andrew, who had committed suicide in Arizona.  Truly life for Ali had been 'turned upside down.'  Now she was in Napa looking after her father due to falling and injuring his arm who now lived in a retirement community.  Would she be able to find some peace after all of her painful memories that had haunted her from Arizona? It was in Napa where  Ali opens up to new friendships and trying to decide what would be best for her life now that she is alone and feeling very angry.  What will happen after Ali meets a cantankerous old women named Edie who lad lost her husband in W W II?  I liked how this author was able was able to let one see that there are some many pains and losses in our world. This history was indeed interesting!   From meeting Edie why would a journey to Berlin give Ali answers about not only Edie but herself also?  Who would have known that both of these women had endured tremendous emotional pain.  In the end  would there be a way for Ali to heal and yet not forget?  I liked how this author was able to show through another person story how Ali will be able to find the courage she needed to want to live again.  I found the characters were beautiful written being so well developed, defined, some humor and so believable giving this story such a heart wrenching detailed story that I wasn't able to put down until the end...often finding myself tearing up at parts of the read.  Be ready for a good story of personal growth and self discover....also there is a backstory from a Edie's diary...but I don't want to spoil it for you...only to say you will have to pick up the good read to see for yourself what that is about.

"It's You" was a  well written story by this author that told two stories of two women of different generations that showed raw powerful emotions.  For Ali.... love and loss, recovered from heart break and healing  to being able to  pick up the broken pieces of the heart and the strength to make some new choices and hope again. I will go farther in saying that this is one novel that will stay with you long after you have read it.


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