What I really liked about this novel was how author Jane Porter was able to give the reader such a good story of healing, as it was for Ali especially after she left Arizona for Napa after the death of her mother and the untimely death of her finance Andrew, who had committed suicide. Truly life for Ali had been 'turned upside down.' Now she’s in Napa looking after her father, due to him falling and injuring his arm, who lives in a retirement community. Will she be able to find some peace after all of her painful memories that have haunted her from Arizona?
It was in Napa where Ali opens up to new friendships and trying to decide what would be best for her life now that she is alone and feeling very angry. What will happen after Ali meets a cantankerous old women named Edie who had lost her husband in WWII? I liked how this author was able was able to let readers see that there are many pains and losses in our world. This history was indeed interesting! From meeting Edie why would a journey to Berlin give Ali answers about not only Edie but herself also? Who would have known that both of these women had endured tremendous emotional pain? In the end would there be a way for Ali to heal and yet not forget?
I liked how this author was able to show through another persons’ story how Ali will be able to find the courage she needed to want to live again. I found the characters were beautiful written being so well developed, defined, with some humor and so believable, giving this story such heart wrenching details that I wasn't able to put down until the end - often finding myself tearing up at parts. Be ready for a good story of personal growth and self discovery. There is also backstory from a Edie's diary but I don't want to spoil it for you. I only can say you will have to pick up this good read to see for yourself what that is about.
"It's You" was a well written story by Jane Porter that told two stories of two women of different generations that shared raw powerful emotions. For Ali.... love and loss, recovered from heart break and healing to being able to pick up the broken pieces of the heart and the strength to make some new choices and hope again. I will go farther in saying that this is one novel that will stay with you long after you have read it.
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Brennan Sisters novels comes a heartwarming story about finding love and strength, even in the darkest moments…
In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.
What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.
As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her.