Delighted to be taking part in Eva Jordan’s blog tour for her latest release – ‘All The Colours In Between’. After hearing about this book from social media time and time again, it was lovely to finally be able to sit down and read it. Huge thanks to Urbane for the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
It’s not a life, it’s an adventure!
Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And,
although Connor, Lizzie’s sulky, surly teenage son, is now on his own tormented passage
to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of
his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her. Only, things are never quite as
black and white as they seem…
A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled.
And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son
acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband plus a new man in her life who quite
simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made. Gritty but tender, thought provoking but light-hearted, dark but brilliantly funny, this is a story of contemporary family life in all its 21st century glory. A story of mothers and sons, of fathers and daughters, of brothers and sisters, and friends. A tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals, and coming of age.
Nobody said it would be easy and as Lizzie knows only too well, life is never straightforward when you see all the colours in between.
What does TWG think?
After seeing post after post regarding ‘All The Colours In Between’ on social media, I finally began reading the book with two things in my mind. 1) it was going to be emotional and 2) it was going to be emotional. Do you have slight inkling that it was going to be an emotional read? A lot of those posts on social media said exactly that, so I couldn’t help but wait for the emotional moments to appear.
Lizzie’s life doesn’t seem to be going exactly to plan. Not only is she approaching the big FIVE-OH, her motherly intuition is beeping like goodness knows what and doesn’t seem want to settle despite constant reassuring from her partner, Simon. Lizzie’s isn’t the only life not going exactly to plan, her children’s aren’t either.
There is A LOT of storyline to this book. Each of the characters seem to play a vital role in the story, thus making the background information treble before you’ve gotten to the heart of the novel. I did feel a little overwhelmed by the extremely busy storyline, especially as I felt that it was a little bit patchy – like situations were missing. I couldn’t quite work out what had happened when the storyline seemed to do an almighty jump to a different part or a different character, whilst still having unfinished business with another character at that moment in time.
Several situations were incredibly difficult to read I have to say. The author approached those topics with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism, whilst also keeping everything as realistic as possible. Uncomfortable to read, but brilliantly written.
Despite there being a lot of characters, I found myself relating to one of them in particular; Cassie. Now I don’t know whether that’s because my nickname is ‘Cassie’, or whether her entire persona called out to me. Thinking about it, I would actually say both. There was just something so raw, yet gentle about Cassie which made me sit up and take notice. Well, that and her hilarious responses to certain things.
I did get emotional reading ‘All The Colours In Between’, but I didn’t get as emotional as I thought I would because of the preempting posts on social media. Nevertheless, I read the last few chapters of the book feeling as though I had a golf ball stuck in my throat. You’d have to be made of stone to not react to Eva Jordan’s novel one way or another.
I love how relatable the entire storyline was with the family dynamics, multiple problems and the real life situations. I thought it was clever how the author changed her writing style with each character chapter swap – I managed to learn some new words from a teenager! How peng! I don’t think I have ever seen an author change their style so dramatically for another character before, but it really was brilliantly done that’s for sure.
Overall? ‘All The Colours In Between’ really did make me giggle and nod in agreement when certain situations arose. Lizzie’s family is such a loveable bunch with a huge heart, which Eva Jordan has captured absolutely beautifully.
Full of relatable anecdotes and emotional situations; ‘All The Colours In Between’ is a thought-provoking read about every day life and making the most of every single minute you have on this planet. A heart-warming, poignant and unforgettable read from the delightful, Eva Jordan.
Thanks Urbane Books.
About the author.
Eva Jordan, born in Kent but living most of her life in a small Cambridgeshire town,
describes herself as a lover of words, books, travel and chocolate. She is also partial to
the odd glass or two of wine. Providing her with some of the inspiration for her novels, Eva is both a mum and step mum to four grown-up children. Her career has been varied
including working within the library service and at a women’s refuge. She writes a monthly column for a local magazine and currently works as a volunteer for a charity based organisation that teaches adults to read. However, storytelling through the art of writing is her passion. All The Colours In Between is Eva’s second novel.
If you want to know more you can find Eva at all the usual places. She loves to hear
from readers and reviewers so please feel free to contact her.
Prizes: 2 x signed paperbacks and 2 kindle ebooks of All The Colours In Between (UK only)