I knew when I turned the first page of this novel and read the author’s note, it would be a heart-wrenching read. And it was. However, the end left me with hope and an uplifting message.
From back cover: Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.
We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.
What I loved so much about this book is that Allnutt does an exquisite job of writing a man’s perspective. It’s so rare to see this from a male writer outside of a thriller. Of course Rob had flaws like any human, and they were shown, but I believed in his love for his son and for his family.
And, yes, the tears flowed. But they were cleansing tears. Hard to read but worth it for the outcome. Definitely warning those who won’t want to read a book about the loss of a child. I’m thankful I have never experienced this myself, but the story seemed so genuine. All of the situations and relationships did.
My thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Luke Allnutt is the author of Unspoken, a Kindle Single about the death of his father. His debut novel, We Own The Sky, will be published by Orion (U.K.) and Harlequin/HarperCollins (U.S.) in 2018. He grew up in the U.K. and lives and works in Prague.