Author: Vanessa Greene
Release date: April 21st 2016
Best friends Isla and Sophie made each other a promise a long time ago: to never let life pass them by. Years later, Isla is in love, living abroad and fulfilling her dreams. But for Sophie, things haven't turned out the way she was expecting and she hasn't achieved any of the things she and Isla talked about.
And then, in one sudden moment, life irrevocably changes for both women.
Isla and Sophie have hard decisions to make but above all else they must face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead. It's only when they realise that this is easier together, two friends standing side by side, that each woman can embrace whatever the future holds for them.
I kindly received The Little Pieces of You and Me in exchange of an honest review by the publisher.
When I looked at this beautiful cover, it screamed read me! I was excited to start a novel of an author which I had not read before. This was the first novel that I had read by Vanessa Greene and I came to find that she really does have a talent for writing several unique characters. I have always admired authors like Vanessa who can write several different story lines into one book and still be able to manage them all. The story follows along Isla and Sophie. They have been best friends forever. Even though Isla does not live in the same country anymore, they are still there for each other, no matter what.
This book takes us to great places; one of them is Amsterdam. I did not know anything about the setting in this book. I took this book on holiday with me and I started reading this book at the beach in Zandvoort, which is about thirty minutes away from Amsterdam. What a coincidence! Amsterdam is one of my most favorite cities in the world, I love this place. The cannels, the flowers, the super friendly people, the architecture of the city and bicycles everywhere! Isla lives and works in Amsterdam as an actress. Since a teenager Isla is dreaming about playing on Broadway in New York. This dream is about to come true until Isla got hit by tragically news which she forces to go back home to England.
Sophie accepted a different way of life and lives with her husband and her stepdaughter in England. Sophie still thinks about her bucket list which she set up with Isla when they were teenagers. She has not archived her goals and dreams so far. All of a sudden things are changing for Sophie too and it’s time for both women to decide to start living their life to the fullest again.
The moment I stated reading this book I couldn’t read it quick enough. Vanessa Greene’s writing style draws you in immediately. I enjoyed reading The Little Pieces of You and Me a lot because I was totally taken in by the story. I was rooting to find out more and more about Sophie and Isla’s life. I adored Sophie and Isla’s amazing bond of friendship. After reading a few chapters I had high expectations that The Little Pieces of You and Me is going to be an emotional ride until the very end. Unfortunately, it was pretty much everything on the same level. The storyline is clichéd and too predictable. I guessed mostly every twist and turn before it happened. The story lacked of depth and action to move me. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very good novel which is written greatly, there are just a few things that didn’t work for me. Sophie and Isla dealt so easily with their life changing problems which was very unrealistic and not true to life to me. Most of the time I couldn’t understand Isla’s decisions. I was really mad at her at times. The story has good side characters who keep the story ticking along. I loved Barnaice and Rafael. I was happy that Vanessa told their story too.
The Little Pieces of You and Me left me with that happy feeling to make me excited to read more books by Vanessa Greene. There were a few plot lines that I would have liked to have seen developed further, but overall it's an entertaining and romantic read that will leave you satisfied at the end.