Life is Yours by Abigail Yardimci

Life is Yours by Abigail Yardimci

In December 2021, I read Everything is Yours by Abigail Yardimci and found it a brilliant, warm, wonderful, uplifting book. It is the third in her trilogy (with her fourth book My Little Ramadan due out later this year) but I could perfectly follow it without having read the previous two. However, I did buy the other books, but after a hectic year of blog tours, I’m finally getting round to reading the first book – Life is Yours.

Abi herself found love in Turkey in 2006, as she explains in the introduction to the book, so understandably, there’s a lot of her in the main characters Jess and many of the events that happen to Jess in the books were experienced by Abi in real life. This adds an extra layer of authenticity to the words.

It’s New Year’s Eve 2006, almost 2007 and Lindy is alone on a beach in Turkey. She is soon joined by a stranger, another young woman, who introduces herself as Jess. They sit together on the beach, near a comforting fire and Jess tells Lindy her story…

We are taken back to New Year’s Eve 2005. Jess is in a pub with her fiancé Jack and her best friend Gillie. Jess and Jack have been together seven years, but suddenly he announces he doesn’t love her anymore and her whole world changes.

I don’t want to go into any more of the plot, although you’ll gather Jess goes to Turkey and meets Lindy there. We follow Jess’s story both in the past and in the present with Lindy. It’s a good format to follow and it’s all written in a beautifully accessible and chatty style, like you’re having a catch up with a mate over coffee (or wine).

Jess is so relatable. I wouldn’t say she’s “ordinary” because that sounds derogatory and she’s wonderful. But you recognise her – she’s you, she’s your sister, your friend. She’s flawed, she’s emotional. You want to hug her when she’s down and party with her when she’s happy. Her friends are a great bunch too, I loved Gillie particularly, she popped out of the page and the three of us were giggling away together like old mates.

It’s such a positive book and like Abi herself, it’s warm, uplifting and inspirational!

Published by karenlouisehollis

53, lives in Lincoln, England. Published writer, book blogger and reviewer, mum, grandma, cat owner, vegetarian. Loves reading and sewing. My novel is out - WELCOME TO WHITLOCK CLOSE.

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