Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt

“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.

 We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2018
 by Park Row

We Own the Sky starts with a note from the author, why he wrote this book.
"At its core, the story is about the love between father and son.  It's about how even when our lives are torn apart, there is always hope.  It's about what we cling to when we have nothing left." 
This is one book that will stay with me for a long time.  It's a parents worst nightmare and for this reader it hits close to home, I think that is why some books resonate more with some.  When you can (and have felt) the same wide range of emotions the characters and circumstances become real. 

Told from the POV of Rob this is his journey from love and loss to despair and healing. Though it might have been nice to hear from his wife, it was his journey.  It is well written and nice to get a male perspective for a change.  The synopsis above outlines nicely the book and I struggle with saying too much.  The author used his our experience with hospitals and illness to write an authentic story.  It's a sad reminder that life is precious and can change so quickly.

Thank you to TLC Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour.

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Luke Allnutt grew up in the U.K. and lives and works in Prague.

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  1. This one sounds good....but also sad. I don't know if I'm read for it right now.