My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: 2 April 2020
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Today is my tour stop on the blog/bookstagram tour for The Pieces of Ourselves, thanks to Usborne Publishing!
Flora doesn’t do people”, not since the Incident that led to her leaving school midway through her GCSEs. The Incident that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar II. The Incident that left her in pieces. Until Hal arrives. He’s researching a story about a missing World War I soldier, and he wants Flora’s help. Flora used to love history before the Incident, but spending so much time with Hal is her worst nightmare. Yet as they begin to piece together the life of the missing soldier, a life of lost love, secrets and lies, Flora finds a piece of herself falling for Hal.
Thank you so much to Usborne Publishing for providing me with a copy of The Pieces of Ourselves, in exchange for an honest review!
Flora didn’t return to school after an incident during her exams. In fact, she left everything about her old life behind and took on an apprenticeship at a hotel, where she could live with her brother and his partner nearby. Taking one day at a time isn’t easy, going through her checklists to make sure her mind isn’t spiralling one way or another, and it’s made even less easy when her boss asks her to assist a hotel guest with a historical research project. Despite being absolutely sure the whole thing will be a nightmare, Flora suddenly finds herself immersed in the project, trying to unravel the mystery of the people in it and the mystery of whether something is starting to happen between her and the guest she was so sure she wouldn’t like.
Historical fiction is not usually my thing, and although this book was set in the present, I knew the project Flora and Hal would be working on was all about history. But I loved it. Every single minute of it. Not only did I care deeply about the main characters, I cared just as much about the mystery soldier and his love story. I thought Flora’s mental health rep was really well done. Her struggle to find an everyday way of coping, her brother’s love and her concern about revealing the whole of who she was to Hal seemed so real and genuine.
I don’t even know who I loved more in this story – Flora or Hal, they were both such brilliant characters, with interesting and three dimensional personalities. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever find a book centred around history that would have me not only excited to turn every page, but blinking back tears by the end, but The Pieces of Ourselves gave me all that and more!
Photo from my Instagram account