Seven Days in June-Book Review: Guest Post by Lindsay (@theopinionatedreader)
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· Author: Tia Williams
· ASIN : B0932JSCT3
· Publisher : Quercus (1 June 2021)
· Language : English
Eva Mercy is a single mother and bestselling erotica writer who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning novelist, who, to everyone's surprise, shows up unexpectedly in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their buried traumas, but also the eyebrows of the Black literati. What no one knows is that fifteen years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. While they may be pretending not to know each other, they can't deny their chemistry - or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books through the years.
Over the next seven days, amidst a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect - but Eva's wary of the man who broke her heart, and wants him out of the city so her life can return to normal. Before Shane disappears though, she needs a few questions answered . . .
Have you ever finished a book and wanted to give it one big hug? That’s how I felt with this one. My, what a rollercoaster of emotions. THIS is a romance with substance, THIS is the type of romance I love to read.
It’s not surprise that I will immediately identify with Eva and her invisible disability. The way Williams WRITES about what it is, what it means, what it’s like to be a sick person and live with chronic pain daily.. it truly brought me to tears. I have never seen something so accurate in a book. You try to do all these things, BE all these things (a wife, a friend, a mom, an employee) and you’ve got your body holding you back. You’re embarrassed, so you do all you can to hide and it and pretend you’re okay, when in actuality you’re not. Beautiful, phenomenal, 100% facts, heartbreaking.
I loved her relationship with her daughter. This was a kid who was fun being in a romance and it’s how I’d like to envision myself as a mom - the world is real and there is no sense in hiding it from kids. She was so much fun.
Shane. Oh Shane. There’s something about former flames who know all of your history stepping into the picture that make for the best books and I was so wrapped up in their romance. He was such a good character and you’ll be rooting for these two. The flashback scenes are EVERYTHING.
This book also tackles race and without giving away spoilers I loved the way she showed it represented in the publishing and entertainment industry and how black authors have to fight so much harder than white ones.
Any person with a chronic illness or disability (invisible or visible) needs to read this book.
VERDICT - 5 EFFING STARS (maybe 6)
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