Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review Tour - The Trouble with Paper Planes

Title: The Trouble With Paper Planes 
Author: Amanda Dick 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

I’ve always believed in what I can see, what I can hear and what I can touch. Surfing was my religion and destiny was just a fairy-tale. But one summer, over ten days during the hottest February on record, all that changed. I found hope – the kind of hope that sustains you, even when you don’t want to be sustained.
The night Emily disappeared, I was branded. She became the girl on the ‘missing’ posters, and I became the one trying to keep everyone from falling apart. I thought that somehow it would keep me from being devoured by the emptiness inside me. Five years later, I was beginning to appreciate how deluded I really was.
Then Maia showed up. New in town, with a past as mysterious as she was, she reminded me so much of Emily that I couldn’t stand to be anywhere near her. What I didn’t realise was that there were forces at play that neither of us could possibly understand.
It takes a determined soul to alter destiny. There is a loophole, a back door, and the events that unfolded during those ten days showed me how that loophole can change everything. 
Do you believe in fate? If so, let me tell you my story. If not, what happened to me might change your mind.

The Trouble with Paper Planes is a beautifully written, deeply moving and unforgettable story that literally pulled at my heartstrings, even now weeks after I have read it I can't stop thinking about it. It's taken me quite a while to think of the words needed to convey the emotional connection to the story I felt without divulging the plot as this is one of those stories that I feel you really need to go in to blind with no preconceived ideas to fully experience the journey the author takes you on.

I felt instantly connected to the characters especially Heath as the book is primarily told through his POV. It focuses on the day to day struggles he faces and the conflicting feelings he feels since the disappearance of Emily, the love of his life 5 years ago. He struggles with grief and loneliness and that someday he may have to face up to the realisation that Emily may never return, but until that day happens he refuses to give up hope that she is alive and will return to him one day.

"I was a black hole, a star frozen at the point of collapse. I couldn't go back, yet I couldn't seem to move on, either."

When a girl named Maia turns up looking for work at Emily's Mum's cafe, Heath is stunned and shocked at the uncanny resemblance to Emily Maia has, but at the same time can't help feeling an instant, intense connection to her.

"We make sense, somehow. I don't know how, but we do"

The book consumed me from start to finish, I was so deeply moved by it that I can't recommend it enough. Warning though you most definitely will need some tissues handy.

This was the first book I have read by Amanda Dick and I can't wait to read her other books because if this book is anything to go by then I'm in for a treat.

** Arc received in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Words Turn Me On Book Blog **

Amanda Dick is a night-owl, coffee addict, movie buff and music lover. She loves to do DIY (if it's not bolted down, she'll probably paint it, re-cover it or otherwise decorate it) and has tried almost every craft known to man/womankind. She has two sewing machines and an over-locker she can't remember how to thread. She crochets (but can't follow a pattern), knits (badly) and refrains from both as a public service. 

She believes in love at first sight, in women's intuition and in following your heart. She is rather partial to dark chocolate and believes in the power of a good vanilla latte. 

What lights her fire is writing stories about real people in trying situations. Her passion is finding characters who are forced to test their boundaries. She is insanely curious about how we, as human beings, react when pushed to the edge. Most of all, she enjoys writing about human behaviour - love, loss, joy, grief, friendship and the complexity of relationships in general.

After living in Scotland for five years, she has now settled back home in New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and two children.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Stephanie! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, and would be so grateful if you would also post your beautiful review on Amazon for me (reviews there are so precious). I really appreciate the time you've taken to craft a wonderful review such as this one :)

    If you'd like to join us on FB, I have a readers group on there, where I'm sharing teasers of my upcoming novel (my fourth) and just having some good old-fashioned fun (with a Christmas giveaway running at the moment, too, just for group members!). Would love to see you there :)

    Regardless, thank you again for taking part and writing such a beautiful review.

    Kind regards,
    Amanda Dick