Title: The Lullaby Sky
Author: Carolyn Brown
Series: – –
Genre: Women’s Fiction
After seven years of misery and abuse, it’s all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.
And now that she’s free, she wants to make a difference. With the help of her warm, close-knit circle of friends—including her high school crush, Travis Wilson—Hannah begins turning her home into a safe house for other women who’ve endured the pain she’s known. But even as life and laughter return to Hannah’s home, she’s haunted by the memory of her dangerously unstable ex. With a second chance at love on the horizon, Hannah must face down her past in order to let the sunshine back into her life.
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
There is a lovely warmth and charm about this book. Although it does deal with the dark issue of domestic abuse, and doesn’t shy away from some of the trauma that victims go through – both mental and physical – all the recounting is done from a safe place. This is a book about surviving and thriving away from that darkness. About finding the support that is out there, building new networks of your own and relying on those people who have always been there, whether you share blood with them or not.
Considering its deeper issues, this is a surprisingly easy read. Hannah is a nice woman who deserves so much better than the hand she was dealt. I loved seeing her change from the frightened woman in the divorce court, into the mother and friend that lives in a house where others can seek refuge. Her daughter is a delight, her friends are wonderful and the overall feeling of this book is like a warm hug. It’s easy to sink into and hard to leave.
It is perhaps a little too easy at times, though. The romance is sweet and adorable – and very convenient. Hannah’s support network is extraordinary, and certainly not available to everyone, and the darkness of the various bad relationships is pleasantly removed from the story, lending it a slightly unreal feel to everything. It is also a fairly slow moving book, but I enjoyed the steady pace, because it gave Hannah more time to heal.
Overall this is lovely. It’s warm, full of heart and deals with a difficult issue from a place of strength and hope. I loved that no one in this book is judged (except the abusers) and there are a range of different stories showing that these issues can strike anywhere, for a variety of reasons, and that the best thing anyone can do to help is to simply be there. It’s a comfortable and comforting read and have little doubt that I will want to read it again someday.
The Lullaby Sky is Out Now.
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