Sunspots by Karen S. Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My first impression was - I didn't know where it was going to go. It was slow moving and I wasn't entirely sure I was going to connect with Aurora. I knew that I wanted the pace to pick up or something bigger to happen than one woman mourning the loss of her husband.
As I got to the middle, I felt - By now, I was immersed. Sunspots had taken on multiple layers and Aurora was part of a much bigger plot. When we love, we do not see fault no matter how clearly it is front of us. Then as one lie becomes more apparent, another shows up and then another. Many readers I know were focused on Aurora. I don't think she was the point. I think it is her situation that should be the focus. We met heroines who are strong with layers of vulnerabilities that are kept hidden. Aurora was a main character who bared it all which is not easy for any writer to do.
As I neared the end, I thought - I had mixed emotions. I loved the book and Karen Bell's soothing writing made me wonder of the hidden emotions and battles people go through. The unseen unhappiness nobody knows about and yet is the elephant in the room for so many relationships in our lives.
My final impression and recommendations - I highly recommend this read but to appreciate it you would have to be a big fan of literary fiction and imperfect heroines.
Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.
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