Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
“We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”
Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.
I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t read many books by male authors. To the point that I often won’t even read the synopsis of the book if I see a man’s name on the cover. My default is female authors. In the case if We Own the Sky, I read the synopsis first, and decided this one sounded like it was worth the read. And as it turned out, it was definitely worth the read.
This is exactly the type of story that I love to read. It’s got all of the emotional highs and lows, traumatic events, self-discovery, and relationship struggles. The big difference was that the main character and narrator was male. It added a dimension and viewpoint to the story that I felt like I don’t normally experience when reading women authors. Oftentimes I don’t care for this viewpoint, but this time it really worked for me. I was completely invested in Rob’s life and struggles and found myself experiencing the highs and lows right along with him.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good emotional read, or a good personal/family drama. If you’re like me and you generally avoid male authors, give this one a try. I’m going to be thinking about Rob, Jack, and Anna for a long time. ~Amber
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour.