j reads//come away with me by karma brown -- review

death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

And with this we are transported into the grief-stricken world of Tegan Lawson whose life is changed in an instant by a patch of black ice. After the accident, Tegan is consumed with undeniable grief combined with anger toward her husband, Gabe, who was driving on the night of the crash. Depression swirls and just when she thinks she's hit rock bottom Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity -- a collection of their dream destinations and experiences -- where the slips of paper create adventure around every corner.

Tegan and Gabe travel to Thailand, where we too feel as if the heaviness of the air fills our lungs, to Italy, where food flavours our minds and Hawaii, where moving on begins in the ocean.

Come Away With Me is a wonderful, heartbreaking read. Tegan's adventures, tears and laughter weave naturally and we're right there with her every step of the way. Brown gives us heart breaking twists that don't feel forced or overtly shocking, careful not to overpower the celebration of the human spirit. 

The beginning of Come Away With Me was incredibly sad. By page twenty-three I was already crying. Silent, salty, tears that burned my eyes and I half wanted to stop reading but I couldn't bring myself to put it down for longer than a hastened tissue wipe of the eyes. It's too good. I haven't lost a baby but I have felt loss. I have blamed and hated and felt the urge to cut open my chest and pour ashes close to my heart and I... the pain is indescribable for me but for Brown, for the magnificent Karma Brown, they are right here, in this book, so perfectly, hauntingly, true. I hate and love her for that.

Despite so much good, I did find the book lagging in places. Some pages screamed to be skimmed over, as if the plainness of the travels wasn't quite as alluring as heartbreak. For the most part, though, Brown's debut is a read that can't be put down, that pulls at your insides and leaves you in a huddled, sobbing, mess.

*Come Away With Me by Karma Brown is published by Harlequin and will be released in September, 2015
**I was sent this copy of Come Away With Me from Harlequin for review. I was not paid for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
***If you're interested in more wonderful reads from Harlequin, check out my review of Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

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