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Book Review – Before You Go

Before You Go

Clare Swatman

Lighthouse PR

RRP: $34.99


This book was not quite what I expected. I think I was expecting something very chick-lit and light, but this is more of the “The Time Travellers Wife” that I expected.

It doesn’t ruin the plot to let you know that Zoe’s husband Ed dies in the first scene of the novel. And it’s sad! For anyone who has every feared the loss of a loved partner it hits close to home. The grief and despair overtakes her (as one would expect)…but then things get quirky. She hits her head and then begins reliving their most significant moments.

This took me a bit of time to accept. I’ll admit I can swallow some pretty freaky storylines but this one took me some ‘warming up’ to get used to.

What I did love about this method was it allowed you to retrospectively learn about the key characters, and to understand the depth and journey of their relationship. It was a beautiful insight into how time changes and grows a relationship; but also of how if we all had our time over and we knew how it all ends that we might just do things a little differently.

There’s not a lot more I can add without ruining the story; and this is a book that most people would enjoy reading. Be warned you’ll need your tissues, and you’ll need to leave the logic at the door and allow yourself to be fully immersed in someone else’s head.

I read this over a long weekend and pretty much devoured it, I then loaned it to my friend to read and she too had finished it before the weekend was over, so it’s a pretty quick read and light without being fluffy. I’d happily recommend it for a change if you’re a hard-core light and carefree chick-lit reader.

About the Author

Clare Swatman is a journalist for weekly women’s magazines. Currently she writes the weekly travel pages for Take a Break and is an editor of a local magazine in Berkhamsted in Herfordshire where she lives. Previously, Clare was a Features Editor for Bella and has written for Best, Woman’s Own and Real People. 


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About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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