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Monday, January 15, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye @rararesources @SarahMarieGraye

Honored to be launching the blog tour for The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye!
Continue below for info about the book, my review and a GIVEAWAY!!

Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.
Faye's heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he's taken his own life.
With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything - including why Jack's death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?

About the Author:

Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie's childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing... until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression.
It's a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision.
Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor's scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel - about family, friendships and mental health.

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My Review:

Faye is a bit obsessed with her ex-boyfriend Jack, who seems to have left her behind when he left for university.  In her quest to find him, she ends up finding that he's dead... and has taken his own life.  This news ends up affecting Faye and her friends... more than they had anticipated.

From various perspectives, this could be a little confusing at first, especially as they all seem to have the same "voice"... but as you continue to read, you start to see their individuality and how their friendship defines them in one way and separates them in another.  The author does not hold back and has gathered from her own experience with depression, thrown this right into her work.  This is not a happy read but one told that seems to have been told well.  

I didn't quite understand the interspersing of tea times and teas in between some chapters.  For me, it seemed to stem the flow a bit from the book.  By the end, I think I understand why they were included but it didn't quite work for me.  

What did work for me was the intense way the author brought about the decisions each friend made after finding out about Jack's suicide.  I know that when I was in college, I found out about a friend's attempt at suicide and it certainly had me questioning my own mortality and still enters my mind whenever I start to go to a dark place... so these types of things definitely do affect the people around you.. whether you're aware of it or not.  I think this is an important subject to write about and love that the author does not shy away from such a vital subject.  

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