Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon

5 Star

Reeling from her recent divorce, Gina Bellamy suddenly finds herself figuring out how to live on her own. Determined to make a fresh start—with her beloved rescue greyhound by her side—Gina knows drastic measures are in order.

First up: throwing away all her possessions except for the one hundred things that mean the most to her. But what items are worth saving? Letters from the only man she’s ever loved? A keepsake of the father she never knew? Or a blue glass vase that perfectly captures the light?

As she lets go of the past, Gina begins to come to terms with what has happened in her life and discovers that seizing the day is sometimes the only thing to do. And when one decides to do just that...magic happens.

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Lucy Dillon is one of my favorite authors and A Hundred Pieces of Me just confirmed why I love her so much. The entire concept was inspired, to say the least. I truly loved the idea but also how she pulled it off. What a novel concept of paring down your possessions to only the most precious items-  I know that I could stand to eliminate quite a few items and not even be close to reaching the goal of one hundred things left.

The concept of having to choose which items were your most precious and the reasons why had me contemplating the importance we place upon material goods. I also found myself pondering which items I would select. I certainly found it easy to name the first few but then found it more difficult to continue forwards.

I loved everything about this book. The characters, the writing, the story and yes even the ending. I am a reader who is often disappointed in the ending but everything about this book is just wonderfully done. The story gave me hope, made me cry and made me laugh – everything that is essential in a great book was there without exception. Just writing now about A Hundred Pieces of Me makes me want to read it again!

Gina was a fantastic character, full of life and love, hopes and dreams. Her determination to “fix” her life and start over is nothing short of inspiring. To be so self-assured, while making majors changes, is a rarity but nothing about this story seemed fake- only utterly realistic.

A Hundred Pieces of Me is one of my favorite reads of the past year for sure – a must read for anyone who loves a great story!

Thank you to Berkley Trade Paperback for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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