Book Review: The Things That Matter by Andrea Michael

Posted May 8, 2021 by WendyW in Book Review / 2 Comments

The Things That Matter
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by Andrea Michael
Publication Date May 14, 2021
Published by HarperCollins UK
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Women
Pages: 352
Format: eBook

A beautifully moving and poignant tale of finding yourself in the wake of heartbreak, perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse and Susan Lewis
Natasha and Daniel were meant for each other. On paper you’d never think it so; whilst Taz would arrive at school hungry and in clothes too small, Dan’s affluent background was no secret. But they were drawn together and found comfort in the fact that neither felt they truly belonged.
When something terrible happens and Dan is sent to prison, Taz doesn’t even pause to think before standing by his side. As the ground beneath Dan crumbles, it’s Taz who is there to catch him. A family of two, it’s them against the world.
But now, years later, what happens when the threats they face come from within? Plagued by guilt over a secret in her past, Taz must face the truth or risk losing Dan forever.

My Review:

Wow! What a fun, emotional journey this book took me on. I rarely can find a book that is equal parts fun, and emotional. This book took me to a rural Scottish farm set in the Highlands, complete with horses, pigs, chickens, two alpacas named Hermione and Neville and a grumpy Shetland pony.

I have never read anything by this author, so I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, and I’ve found a NEW AUTHOR with a writing style that I love.

This book deals with childhood trauma, the trauma of miscarriage, Alzheimer’s disease and family interactions, and how they shape a child into adulthood.

This marriage-in-crisis story is full of emotional drama, but also humor and lightheartedness. The main characters are interesting, good people who have been through so much in their young lives, and yet when they start to have the things in life they thought they wanted, their lives start to fall apart.

I liked the way the author weaved the character’s emotional journey into a story full of quirky characters, an idyllic Scottish farm, where even the animals have their own eccentric personalities.

I got into this book right away, the pacing is excellent and it took me through the story from start to finish. This book made me cry, and laugh out loud, and to me, that is the type of book I enjoy the most.

2 responses to “Book Review: The Things That Matter by Andrea Michael

  1. Jodie | That Happy Reader

    This sounds like a great book with lots of heavy topics. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.