Title: The A to Z of Everything
Author: Debbie Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all.
Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke. Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited.
Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing like death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift – the A-Z of Everything.
This is a good book to listen to on audiobook – it’s easy to follow, has its sweet/ poignant moments, and some humorous parts too, to keep it from becoming too sombre.
Of course, the subject matter itself is quite emotional, but it’s all written in a fairly light and entertaining way, though this doesn’t mean that at times I didn’t feel pretty sad reading it. It’s mainly uplifting, though, and following the two quite different sisters as they try to come to terms with their mother’s death, as well as their troubled pasts, makes for an interesting read.
In some ways the story is a little predictable and slightly corny at times but never overly so; the characters are like able and the story kept me interested. There were parts which seemed a bit unconvincing – such as the reason the two girls still don’t talk; I felt like at some point the sister ‘in the wrong’ would have managed to get the other to listen to her even for a few minutes – and then her explanation surely would have excused her? I don’t want to give any spoilers though, and there were other elements which kind of explained why Rose became so isolated. It does touch on very important issues, and I felt that this story was sensitively and interestingly crafted by Debbie Johnson.
Overall: an enjoyable read which worked well in audiobook format.