Genre: Magical Realism
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Published: July 14th, 2016
Audiobook length: Not yet published as an audiobook.
Synopsis by the publisher:
Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.
Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .
“This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!”
Funny enough, I had never heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher until this book started make it’s round around BookTube. It started with just being a cover I was constantly seeing on my feed, and then BookTubers that I subscribe to started to review it and they all had wonderful things to say about it. So I was intrigued and ended up ordering the novel of Bookdepository. And BOY am I glad I did!
There are some books that I wish I’d gone into blindly and others that I’m glad I was prepared for before diving in. On the Other Side is one that I got to be prepared for and I think that was the best way to go about it. I knew that this was magical realism. I was prepared for the magic when it showed up and if I hadn’t been it might have put me off a bit. But because I was prepared for it, it made for such a wonderful experience.
This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!
I loved the characters and how they evolved throughout the story. They were so relatable and cute, but not in a cheesy way. I fell in love with their story and was very much invested in the whole story.
Did it make me cry? No, I wan’t that invested, but the story had me smiling and shamelessly giggling on the subway while reading it. It left me warm and fuzzy when I was done reading and I already miss spending time with the characters.
A truly wonderful read if you’re looking for something lighthearted, thoughtful, cute and romantic literature. Fletcher writes about life choices in a very charming and witty way that I absolutely got a major crush on. I can’t wait to see whatever she publishes next!
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