“The straphangers of Ealing Broadway station are familiar with Mary O’Connor, the woman who appears every day to watch the droves of busy commuters. But Mary never asks anything from anyone. She only holds out a sign bearing a heartrending message: Come Home Jim.
While others pass her by without a thought, Alice, a junior reporter at the Ealing Bugle, asks Mary to tell her story. Many years ago, Mary met the charming and romantic Jim Whitnell. She was certain she’d found her other half, until one day he vanished without any explanation. But Mary believes that Jim isn’t a cad, that he truly loved her and will return—especially because she’s recently received grainy phone calls from him saying he misses her.
Touched but also suspicious, Alice quietly begins her own investigation into Jim’s disappearance, unraveling a decade-long story filled with desire, heartbreak, and hope. With Greaves’s signature warmth and charm, Anywhere for You is a romantic and immensely moving novel about the enduring power of love and finding happiness in unexpected places.” – Amazon
Anywhere for You by Abbie Greaves does a deep dive into mental health and how it affects a person’s relationship with themselves and others. Greaves does a fantastic job peeking into all the corners that people try to keep hidden from themselves and others. For that I would give her five stars, but the very slow pacing and the repetition is where I had to knock the rating down a lot.
Anywhere for You is told in a non-linear timeline which helped to move the book along a bit, but with Mary continually thinking about missing Jim, singing his praises, and wondering how he could just disappear, it dragged the pacing to turtle speeds. There are readers who will enjoy this, but I did not.
Once Alice is introduced, the present which had been told by Mary (along with the past) switches to Alice telling the present and Mary just telling the past. I did enjoy this set up and thought it gave an interesting feel to the story.
I kept reading/skimming because I did want to find out the mystery behind Jim’s disappearance. About 85% into the book the story finally picked up, but the ending just did not make up for the slowness and repetition I had to go through to get there.
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