Jennifer Hughes doesn’t have an extraordinary life, but that doesn’t matter – she loves her family and enjoys her job as a teacher. In her eyes, her unextraordinary life is utterly perfect.
But then, in the blink of an eye, Jennifer finds herself cut off from everything she knew and loved, confined to a strange new world, and forced to watch from a distance as her family and friends pick up the pieces.
Can Jennifer hold her perfect life together, even though she’s not living it herself?
Title: Beyond Grey
Author: Ella Cook
Genre: Romance, Life
Published: January 19, 2021
Publisher: Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction
My Rating: 4.5 stars
At the beginning of Beyond Grey, my heart broke. By the ending, my heart was soaring. What an incredible debut.
The first thing that will catch your eye is the cover. That alone should give you a hint of what is to come. It’s stark, it’s a dividing line, and it’s effective.
In the world we live in today, right now, there is someone we know who is dealing with grief, with the death of a loved one, a friend, a co-worker. We all grieve differently there is no “right” way, just as we all are unique individuals we all deal in our own unique way when the time comes to deal with death.
One moment, one second is all it takes for life to change forever. One moment Jenn was a teacher, a loving wife, a great mother – the next, she wasn’t with her family, her students in the same way, and she never would be again. Jenn was killed in a car accident, and although she’s no longer physically a part of her family she is there with them, loving them, even guiding them through their grief, through the devastating changes that are uniquely affecting her husband and her two children.
Beyond Grey will make you feel, encourage you to think, and will break your heart as David, Matty, and Lottie each deal with their mother’s, their wife’s death and must, somehow, continue with the business of living. But don’t think that this story is nothing but sadness and turn away. No, there is hope here, there is love expressed, there is even laughter through the tears, there is a future… eventually.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.