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Book Review: A Life Made of Lava

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A Life Made of Lava by Lissa Del– Evie Danvers has three beautiful, if slightly out of control, children; a stray cat named Dr. Moxley and a best friend who drinks unapologetically at 9 a.m. Evie also has stage four bone cancer and a gallows sense of humour that drives her husband, Nick, demented. 

Nick wants Evie to fight. Evie, on the other hand, is almost ready to die. This is not Evie’s first rodeo. She kicked her cancer twice before. But this time around, Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. Instead, she focuses on avoiding her oncologist, playing wicked pranks on her mother-in-law and getting her affairs in order, which includes hiring a nanny to take care of the kids after she’s gone. 

Having Julia Soanes in his house would not have been Nick’s first choice. Julia smells of memories. And sex. Something Nick hasn’t had in a while. Nick’s moral objections, however, are short-lived. The woman he loves is dying. He can honor her dying wish. Can’t he?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: March 7, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I don’t even know if I can do this book justice. I loved it. I loved every single page of this book. This is not a light and fluffy read. The subject matter is heavy and painful. I almost felt like a voyeur watching through the kitchen window as this family dealt with the crap hand they’d been given. The premise is simple. Evie is dying and she needs to hire a nanny to care for her 3 kids and husband, Nick, when she’s gone. She finds Julia and she’s perfect. There are so many layers to this story. It’s told from 3 points of view- Evie, Nick, and Julia. I’m normally not a fan of books told from multiple POV’s because they can be confusing if not done well. It really really worked with this story and it added one of those layers I mentioned. The book would not have been nearly as powerful without reading the point of view of each character.

The characters truly made this book stand out. The 3 main characters- Evie, Nick, and Julia- are so real that you’d swear you knew them personally by the end. But the secondary characters added so much to this story- from Evie’s best friend, Kat, to Julia’s father, Ted, to Nick’s mother, Mary-Anne. They all add an extra layer of depth to the story. Rarely does a book invoke an actual physical reaction from me. I’m a true introvert and I internalize all my feelings. I laughed out loud more than once and cried real tears during the hard parts. I hope that faced with imminent death I would have the strength and grace that Evie displayed. She never lost her sense of humor and when the inevitable happened I felt as though I had lost a real life friend. This book is not only a 5 star read for me but it easily makes my list of all-time favorite books. 



Book Review: A Life Made of Lava

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A Life Made of Lava by Lissa Del– Evie Danvers has three beautiful, if slightly out of control, children; a stray cat named Dr. Moxley and a best friend who drinks unapologetically at 9 a.m. Evie also has stage four bone cancer and a gallows sense of humour that drives her husband, Nick, demented. 

Nick wants Evie to fight. Evie, on the other hand, is almost ready to die. This is not Evie’s first rodeo. She kicked her cancer twice before. But this time around, Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. Instead, she focuses on avoiding her oncologist, playing wicked pranks on her mother-in-law and getting her affairs in order, which includes hiring a nanny to take care of the kids after she’s gone. 

Having Julia Soanes in his house would not have been Nick’s first choice. Julia smells of memories. And sex. Something Nick hasn’t had in a while. Nick’s moral objections, however, are short-lived. The woman he loves is dying. He can honor her dying wish. Can’t he?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: March 7, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I don’t even know if I can do this book justice. I loved it. I loved every single page of this book. This is not a light and fluffy read. The subject matter is heavy and painful. I almost felt like a voyeur watching through the kitchen window as this family dealt with the crap hand they’d been given. The premise is simple. Evie is dying and she needs to hire a nanny to care for her 3 kids and husband, Nick, when she’s gone. She finds Julia and she’s perfect. There are so many layers to this story. It’s told from 3 points of view- Evie, Nick, and Julia. I’m normally not a fan of books told from multiple POV’s because they can be confusing if not done well. It really really worked with this story and it added one of those layers I mentioned. The book would not have been nearly as powerful without reading the point of view of each character.

The characters truly made this book stand out. The 3 main characters- Evie, Nick, and Julia- are so real that you’d swear you knew them personally by the end. But the secondary characters added so much to this story- from Evie’s best friend, Kat, to Julia’s father, Ted, to Nick’s mother, Mary-Anne. They all add an extra layer of depth to the story. Rarely does a book invoke an actual physical reaction from me. I’m a true introvert and I internalize all my feelings. I laughed out loud more than once and cried real tears during the hard parts. I hope that faced with imminent death I would have the strength and grace that Evie displayed. She never lost her sense of humor and when the inevitable happened I felt as though I had lost a real life friend. This book is not only a 5 star read for me but it easily makes my list of all-time favorite books.