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Release Date: February 25
NICUnurse’s Review of Great and Precious Things by Rebecca Yarros
Let’s face it. If you read Rebecca Yarros’s last book, The Last Letter, you probably fell into one of two categories. Either you loved it despite the tears you shed at the end, or you weren’t sure you’d ever pick up one of her books again. I fell firmly into the first category and couldn’t wait to read Great and Precious Things…despite my lingering tears when I think about The Last Letter. I’ve been a fan of Rebecca’s words for a long time, so there was no way I was going to miss out on this book.
You guys…there is just SO much in this book, and it’s all way too good to spoil it, but let me try to sort my thoughts and feelings about this story for you. The theme the author wants to hammer home is to always be open to altering your perceptions. Whether that is of people you think you know well, situations you think you understand well, or your own feelings about yourself. Never get so stuck in one place than you can’t see something new in someone, something, or some situation. And Rebecca Yarros does this so very well.
And I’m just going to add that the hero, Camden Daniels, is my new book boyfriend out of all of her heroes now! (OK, OK…I still love Josh and probably always will!) Cam is just so beautifully broken and misunderstood. Who wouldn’t fall for and root for an American hero who doesn’t see that he’s a really amazing man? Willow Bradley sees it. She’s always seen it. But he broke her heart years ago and now he’s back. And she seems to be one of the few people really glad about the fact that he’s finally home. There’s so much for them to overcome…including their own misconceptions.
NICUnurse’s Rating: Rebecca Yarros never fails to write beautifully. I’m a huge fan of her words, and I don’t think her work has been recognized nearly as much as it should. Her characters are always wonderfully complex, and her stories never fail to evoke a LOT of emotion, usually taking you on a crazy rollercoaster ride throughout the entirety of the story. Great and Precious Things did all of that. And it made me think, like really ponder, about how hard it is to break out of that mold that people like to put us in based on our pasts- especially our past mistakes. We were all young and stupid at one time. But who people think we are at age 40 shouldn’t be based on who we were at age 18 or even age 30. How often do we want to judge people by their pasts, yet in the same breath ask people not to judge us by our own? While a few of us are confident in who we are and what we are, most of us are still usually also our own worst critic and tend to personally define who we are based on mistakes, missteps, and bad decisions in our own past. Add in Alzheimer’s, and that was its own emotional rollercoaster ride. It’s a heartbreaking disease and having to watch a loved one suffer with it is incredibly hard on everyone that knows and loves the victim of such an insidious disease process. I could literally go on and on about the eye-opening themes of this book and how well it’s written in such a way as to entertain as much as it is written to make us think and to evoke some very complicated emotions. But I’ll stop here and just simply say that you will NOT be disappointed in this book. So run! Get it NOW!
I give Great and Precious Things by Rebecca Yarros 5 out of 5 propellers, and if I could, I’d absolutely give it more!
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Meet Rebecca Yarros
I’m a hopeless romantic and adore all things chocolate, coffee, and paleo. No, seriously, I need to have a caffeine IV put in. I’ve adored reading all my life, and writing naturally evolved from my love of late nights and promises of one more page.
I’m also a military wife of sixteen years. During my husband’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I was devouring a book a day, and during his third deployment, I finally wrote my own. With somewhat ironic timing, I received my book deal for Full Measures during his fourth deployment and published a month after he returned home. We’re currently preparing for his fifth deployment, so check out the blog for the latest!
On the homefront, we have six kids. Yes, you read that right—six. If I’m not writing or playing guitar, I’m usually tying hockey skates for our four boys, or sneaking in John Hughes marathons with my two daughters. We fostered and adopted our youngest daughter from the foster system and we’re passionate about helping others do the same through our non-profit, One October! We’re always busy navigating the winding road of our daughter’s recent autism diagnosis, getting our boys to hockey, prepping for a deployment, and generally trying to stay sane. We’re die-hard Mets fans, but our hearts call Colorado home.
If you’ve read all of that, haven’t fallen asleep, and still want to know more about me, check out my blog: http://www.rebeccayarros.com/blog!
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