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That Part Was True by Debroah McKinlay


That Part Was TrueOn the surface, it seemed like this book would be all saccharine romance. What I found instead were complex relationships, a moving story, and redeeming characters. What cinched this book for me was Eve, an intriguing and believable character struggling with debilitating anxiety. Also, I have to commend the author on side-stepping the predictable romance and making Jack, a highly unlikable character for most of the book, modestly endearing. Jack and Eve are navigating middle age, still striving to be their best selves and figuring out how do so apart from spouses or parents who had defined them for so long. It is rare to see characters exploring the developmental stage of middle age and the insecurities that so often come with it, but infrequently acknowledged.

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