4 out of 4 stars
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Two Things That Make Us Whole, by J.J. Coby, centers around a young woman whose grief over her miscarriages has created a rift in her relationships with her loved ones.
After a drunken night leads to a black eye, Jaylee’s grief after three miscarriages and one failed childbirth has peaked to the point where she can no longer hold back. As she confronts her husband, Jared, about their failing marriage, he coldly tells her he wants a divorce. Meanwhile, her father-in-law, Kevin, decides to visit them. At first, Jaylee is unsure of why Kevin is there, but after accompanying him to the doctor it becomes clear that he is there for more than to visit. As Kevin tries to help her get her life back on track, Jaylee discovers that the road to healing is just as bumpy as the road to destruction.
While the book is listed under romance, it is not your typical romance novel. It starts off with a marriage that is teetering on the edge of ruin combined with an estranged father-in-law who does not hold back his personal opinions. It really delves deep into Jaylee’s mind and explores her struggles and fears. You see things from Jaylee’s perspective which gives you a first-hand account of all her thoughts and feelings. I liked how the author set it up this way because you could see the progression of Jaylee’s character. Her father-in-law is also an interesting character. He was the pushing stone that helped her step into the right direction.
What I liked the most about the book was the dialogue between Jaylee and Kevin. It ranged from funny, sarcastic banter to heartbreaking realizations. I thought that the bond between then was lifelike and relatable. Moreover, the book had some deep themes that include marital problems, cheating, miscarriages, stillbirths, depression, alcohol problems, relationship problems, cancer, and loss of loved ones. Even though there is not much sexual content, the topics discussed in the book are geared towards adult readers, so I would not recommend this book for younger readers.
Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I was thoroughly engaged throughout the book, and there was nothing that I disliked about it. I only noticed one grammatical error, but otherwise, the book was clear of any other errors. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy character-driven stories that focus on rekindling relationships.
Two Things That Make Us Whole
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