This review was first posted at Candace’s Book Blog.
Jason Gurley was on of the authors at Story Con 2014 and his book Eleanor is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. In fact, I read the self published version prior to publication and said that it was going to be BIG. I just KNEW it would be picked up by a big publisher, and it did! So the new version will be out and the self published version is no longer available. This is my review of the self published version.
Eleanor is a book that is so beautiful, so moving, so powerful that I’m unsure that I can even review it adequately. It’s hard to piece words together for this one.
This is such a unique story and one that’s hard to really describe in anyway. It unravels slowly, starting with one Eleanor and later moving to that Eleanor’s granddaughter. There’s lots of pain and suffering. It’s about a family that has had to deal with a great deal of loss. It’s about mothers and daughters. It’s about a girl having to live with a drunk for a mother. It’s about a mother losing a child and a mother. It’s about a father feeling helpless to help his family. It’s paranormal/science fiction something or other. It’s not a book that can go in a box in any way. It is a book that is wholly unique and original and it’s a book that makes you think.
Talking about the characters here would be hard because it can get a little confusing but really the majority of the novel is with Eleanor, the granddaughter of the original Eleanor. She is 8-17 (I believe) through the scan of the book. She’s brave and strong. She just wants her family to heal but she’s angry and hurting. She’s had to deal with so much in her life. I really liked her and I felt SO much for her and what she’s had to go through. I just wanted, desperately, for her to get her happy ending.
This isn’t an easy happy-go-lucky book, but it’s a beautiful one and even though it’s on the longer side (depending on how you look at things I suppose) it held my attention while reading. While I did occasionally wish that things would hurry and progress, I was, for the most part, very happy with how it went. I wasn’t sure about one POV that was thrown in. This person was called The Keeper. Through the book I didn’t know who this was and why her POV was important. Once we were told it was so clear and I didn’t know why I hadn’t seen it sooner. So in a way it has a mystery because you have pieces to fit together.
I really cannot recommend this book any more highly.
Hauntingly beautiful… that’s what I’ll leave you with.