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Since I Don't Have You

by Louise Candlish

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This is a very moving book. Narrated by Rachel, it tells of her deep and long-standing friendship with the impulsive Jenny and the diplomatic Mariel. They each have one daughter, born within months of each other, and by the age of six are becoming as close friends as their mothers are.

Tragedy is foreshadowed in the opening section of the book when Rachel, Mariel and Jenny promise to look after each other's daughters should anything happen to one of them. Sure enough, the unthinkable happens... and then life changes for them all. To say more would be too much of a spoiler.

Much of the book is set in the Greek island of Santorini, amidst people whom I almost recognised since I have lived for many years in Cyprus. The characters drive the book, and kept me reading often past the time when I wanted to be asleep. Some very moving moments when I had tears in my eyes, and a gradual story of healing and new love.

Highly recommended. Four and a half stars, really. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Sono rimasta senza fiato per tutto il libro e alla fine è arrivata questa frase che mi ha squarciato il petto e sono scoppiata a piangere, ho percepito tutto il dolore accumulato negli anni da Rachael...Emma mancava anche a me!
Ho camminato per le vie di Oia con Rachael, sempre accompagnati dall'ombra di Emma; ho sofferto la solitudine e la mancanza di un motivo per vivere che Rachael non trovava più, e sono risalita insieme a lei dal pozzo nel quale era caduta.
Ho sentito i profumi di Santorini e tutta la passione e la forza di questa isola che come la fenice è risorta dalle ceneri del proprio dolore, e quale altro luogo più adatto per Rachael per ricominciare a vivere senza di lei?
"Da quando non ci sei" è stato un libro veramente profondo e bello, ma non parlava sempre di dolore, anzi molte volte era nascosto tra le pagine rimanendo sempre sospeso lì pronto ad uscire all'improvviso con un ricordo della piccola Emma.
Per tutte quelle mamme che hanno perso un figlio ma anche per i papà perchè, come ha detto Rachael, il dolore è lo stesso e non potrà mai cambiare, potrà solo nascondersi per un attimo.....

...e per un attimo dimenticai che mancava qualcuno..... ( )
  Emanuela.Booklove | Oct 6, 2013 |
An exploration of grief and recovery as a woman flees her London family to return to the ancestral Greek island that she never knew. There is a touching sympathetic warmth to this novel but its opening is weakened by the knowledge of impending tragedy; a knowledge derived entirely from the strapline and the synopsis on the cover. It is further diminished by its failure to convey the passage of the decades except in the most literal sense. There is little sense of growth among the characters. For all that, however, it was a pleasant diversion during the act of reading. ( )
  TheoClarke | Aug 23, 2010 |
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Where do you go when you have lost the centre of your world? 'Since I Don't Have You' is a powerful and emotional story of lives rebuilt and love rediscovered.

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