EVERYTHING IS YOURS by Abigail Yardimci
Everything is Yours is the third book in the Life is Yours trilogy, but is easily readable as a standalone too. I hadn’t read the previous two and could easily understand what was going on – though I now want to go back and read books one and two!
The books tell the story of Jess, who has found love with a Turkish man called Mesut after a holiday romance. Everything Is Yours begins with Jess talking to Lindy in a Turkish restaurant. They didn’t know each other previously, but have formed a connection and eat a meal together on New Year’s Eve, as Jess tells Lindy her story.
Although the book is essentially a romance, there is so much more to it than that! As the character of Jess goes through some serious soul-searching, the reader is also led to consider the things they have experienced in their own lives and try to find answers for their behaviour or traits they hold on to, which continue to hold them back. In some parts, I found it was almost like a counselling session by proxy – and in the best possible way. By considering the issues that Jess has, the barriers to leading the life she wants to lead, I also found myself analysing the things that hold me back too.
Abigail Yardimci uses some of her own life experiences in the trilogy and that really adds an authenticity to it. It is beautifully written, often funny, always warm and relatable. Her characters are wonderfully brought to life and I felt her female friendships were incredibly heart-warming and believable. Her characters are realistically flawed, but we love them for that and all the way through, we are rooting for Jess. It’s a book you will want to keep reading to find out what happens.
8.5 out of 10