Victoria Park by Gemma Reeves
Long story short:
Follow the lives of the Victoria Park community over the course of a year. Despite being strangers, these individuals are all connected by love, sorrow and resilience.
I started and finished this book within a couple of hours – I loved it!
This is one of those novels which reminds me that I do have a heart and a softer side. How is it possible to feel so despondent yet uplifted after reading a book?
The chapters didn’t feel disjointed from one another – they all seamlessly interwove to create one beautiful story.
The writing was lyrical and engaging. All of the characters were so distinct from one another which made the community so authentic.
It did cover some major themes such as dementia, adultery, IVF, acid attacks. So make sure you’re in the right headspace!
Despite covering such heavy and intense themes, it tastefully done in a very light manner. The only way I can describe it is via this emoji: 🥺. That was genuinely my face throughout the entirety of the book.
I really wish that the book had ended with a ‘1 year on’ revisiting all of the characters. It only took a chapter, but I am truly and wholly invested in each of these characters.
I just want one more chapter! PRETTY PLEASE!
I don’t know how, but this book just worked! It’s an excellent debut novel, and I’m very excited to see what Reeves does next!
This is definitely a must-read of the summer! It won’t take you long to read at all, but you’ll wish that it went on forever.
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N.B.: I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.