I’m thrilled to share my review for Dear Emma Blue today – thank you to Trapeze books / Orion Publishing for granting my wish on NetGalley for a digital advanced review copy – my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.
At sixteen, Emmie Blue stood in the fields of her school and released a red balloon into the sky. Attached was her name, her email address…and a secret she desperately wanted to be free of. Weeks later, on a beach in France, Lucas Moreau discovered the balloon and immediately emailed the attached addressed, sparking an intense friendship between the two teens.
Now, fourteen years later, Emmie is hiding the fact that she’s desperately in love with Lucas. She has pinned all her hopes on him and waits patiently for him to finally admit that she’s the one for him. So dedicated to her love for Lucas, Emmie has all but neglected her life outside of this relationship—she’s given up the search for her absentee father, no longer tries to build bridges with her distant mother, and lives as a lodger to an old lady she barely knows after being laid off from her job. And when Lucas tells Emmie he has a big question to ask her, she’s convinced this is the moment he’ll reveal his feelings for her. But nothing in life ever quite goes as planned, does it?
Emmie Blue is about to learn everything she thinks she knows about life (and love) is just that: what she thinks she knows. Is there such thing as meant to be? Or is it true when they say that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans?
This is one of my favourite books of 2020. Emmie is a character that I took to my heart – a mother who wasn’t interested, an absent father and a teacher who breached his duty of care. This book looks at relationships and friendships, how they change and evolve over time, and how sometimes people aren’t as honest as they should be.
The book begins as Emmie and Lucas are about to turn 30 – they met aged 16 after Lucas found a balloon in France with Emmie’s contact details (and details about what had happened to her at school), and became friends. The story follows on from the 30th birthday, but also takes the reader back in time to Emmie’s childhood, teenage years and the years of friendship with Lucas and his family.
Life has never been easy for Emmie and people have let her down throughout her life. However with support from sometimes the least likely people, this is Emmie’s opportunity to face her demons and move forward with her life.
Thank you Lia Louis for your sublime storytelling – this was a book I didn’t want to put down. I enjoyed travelling over to France with Emmie, as she spent the year after her 30th birthday making some major changes to her life and uncovering some secrets.
This is already available in ebook format in the USA and is due to be published in ebook and paperback in the UK in August 2020.