I’m back at last! Sorry I haven’t posted in ages but exams have just been hectic! Anyway, on with the post! I’m delighted to be taking part in a Faye Rogers book tour for this fabulous book ‘Following Evan’ by Elida May!
Three years on from the sudden death of her husband Matt and a subsequent miscarriage, interior designer Laura is still lost in grief, hiding out in the smart London townhouse that was going to be her family home. On the encouragement of her best friend Carla, she signs up to a dating website and receives a message from a mysterious stranger, imploring her to visit him in New York because he has seen her face in his dreams. Meanwhile, Laura visits an art gallery and is captivated by a painting of a beautiful woman in a flowing dress. It seems to be speaking directly to her, beckoning her to take a leap of faith. These seemingly disparate events lead Laura on an epic journey to the bustling streets of the Big Apple and the desert landscape of Wyoming, where the clues to her future happiness are waiting to be discovered…
Writing a book about loss is, in my opinion, one of the hardest things a writer can do. This is purely because everyone experiences loss and grief in different ways and to pin that feeling down just using words and sentences is extremely tricky. However May did this brilliantly, her words were lyrical and Laura’s emotions became the focal point of this story which were expressed emotively and sensitively while laying everything bare. It should definitely be read by someone who has lost someone close to them or by someone who wants to delve deeper into understanding grief and loss. I found the story of Following Evan extremely gripping as well and although I found some of Laura’s dreams and illusions a tad confusing as I felt they were ill placed within the novel at certain times, the confusion served as a catalyst for Laura herself I found as grief is such a confusing time and the confusion leads Laura to take her massive leaps of faith within the novel. On the other hand though, I felt that the majority of the novel wasn’t too concentrated on the actual storyline per se, of the gallery and New York and Wyoming, but was used up depicting Laura and her situation and while it really helped me identify with Laura, at some points I felt the story dragged because of that and if so much time wasn’t focused on that, momentum for the climax could have built up more to make for a more gripping read towards the middle-end. However, I found May’s writing to be superb overall and for that I am awarding it 4 stars as I feel it dealt with loss brilliantly.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Elida May was born in Albania in 1972. Growing up in a Communist country, where access to books was severely restricted, helped to nurture her love of the written word, and she avidly read whatever genre she could get hold of, including a lot of European literature. Today Elida lives in London with her son Elidon. Following Evan is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Diary of Michael Vica.