Book Review : Leaving Me Behind by Sigal Ehrlich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you haven’t read this book yet, or don’t have it on your TBR list YOU SHOULD.
I’d like to start the review by saying that : To be honest,I can’t even say just how happy and glad I am that Sigal Ehrlich chose to not give up on writing this book.
It’s one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read this year so far. It’s perfect, quirky, funny, messy, real…crap, it’s everything you could basically want from a book.
If I were to summarize this book in a one simple word – okay make that two words because one word is just not enough for me, those words would be : Simply Perfect. It’s the perfect blend between everything that makes a book really great. I thoroughly enjoyed it, lived every page, every word and every small thought and feeling.
This is more than just a romance story, it’s about ones own self discovery journey. About how we all should trace our very own maps and live by them, about how we should love ourselves for who we are, about how decisions can impact and change your whole life in a good way.
The story centres on Liv a young financial consultant who lives in Boston, with her long life crush and best friend, Kay. The one man in her life that supports her every choice, every step of the way. In order to find herself she decides to quit her job and leave her country to settle in Spain, in a small and quiet town for a well deserved vacation from her old life. Here she bonds real quick with a café owner named Vivian and the girl squad she has formed of Dominique – refered also as the French bitch, Stephy – the BFF and Alma.
It isn’t very long until an “unwanted” crush on a very hot Spaniard guy there takes over her. And don’t even get me started on that handsome,dimpled and drop-dead-sexy macho man named Sebastian. He’s the perfect boyfriend, alright, I’m telling you. From what she thought would be nothing more than just a one-night stand, turns out into much more than that and in quite such short amount of time. What she doesn’t know, is that Kay her best friend is willing to put away their – never ever marrying the best friend – pact made a long time ago, and give them a try if she comes back home in Boston, to him and to her old life. As her bond with Sebastian grows stronger and deeper with each passing day and month, her decision of leaving Spain gets more and more difficult. Her therapy sessions with doctor Schmurtaz go well as she tells him that she’s been able to let her old self go after she met Sebastian and the girls. When the departure time comes, something totally unexpected happens and she decides to stay. A decision that changes her entire life.
I’ll be ending my review with one of my many favorite quotes :