3 out of 4 stars
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When Danny Keane sustains life-altering injuries in a car crash, he doesn't quite know what to make of his current situation. Hovering over the hospital bed, he realizes that he is staring down at his own lifeless body. Rather than feeling at peace, Danny feels stuck—his young widow is wallowing in grief, and his ailing son needs a new kidney. Danny needs more time.
Danny is greeted by an otherworldly guide, who claims that he cannot move towards the afterlife until he makes peace with the past. He is granted the opportunity to clean up some of the mess that he left behind—a chance to right his wrongs. Still, the opportunity comes with conditions that must be followed. He must occupy another body, and he is forbidden from revealing his true identity.
How will Danny fare with this second chance?
You, Me and Destiny by J. F McLoughlin is an unconventional story about love, loss, and second chances. The author has crafted a charming tale that had me both wiping away tears and laughing out loud at its absurdity. The endearing book takes place in Ireland and follows two characters—Danny and his widow Lucy. It was written from the first-person perspective and alternates between the two lovers.
What I adored most about the book was the humor the author infused into the storyline. One might expect that the book would take on a somber tone by reading the synopsis, but it was not all doom and gloom. There was no shortage of giggling-inducing scenes, including Danny's reaction to his new body, his spirit guide's tough-love approach, and the awkwardness of getting physical with another woman.
Another thing that I loved was the evolution of Danny's character throughout the story. Readers were first introduced to a cantankerous man who was motivated by selfishness. Danny was a my-way-or-the-highway type of guy, but I began to notice a shift as he evolved into a compassionate person. By making an effort to build a relationship with his son, Alfie, and look out for Lucy's happiness, he was turning a new leaf.
The book's biggest downfall was the lack of professional editing. Unfortunately, it was riddled with grammatical errors that disrupted my reading experience. The incorrect placement of commas was the biggest offender, followed by the absence of hyphens. For example, "good-looking" was often written as "good looking." Sadly, that meant I was unable to provide this otherwise stellar book with a perfect rating. I have chosen to give You, Me and Destiny a rating of three out of four stars.
I would certainly recommend this charming story to readers looking for something different from a conventional love story. The book deals with the grief of losing a loved one, but the author has expertly woven in humor to lighten the mood. Furthermore, the prospect of being given a second chance to rectify past mistakes is a fantasy that would appeal to many readers. Due to some profanity, I would discourage younger readers from pursuing this book.
You, Me and Destiny
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