15 April 2015

Skylark: A novel by Ruthie Morgan

 “When he asked me to forgive him for everything I thought I could. I said yes and I meant it. But I didn’t realise that night, everything was what he’d take away.”
When Billie May Worthington falls for Evan Skylark she believes she’d do anything, be anything and give everything for him. But can she forgive him when he asks for her world?
Everything twenty one year old Billie knows about life, love, beauty and art are challenged after graduation when she meets Evan, an enigmatic Irish artist with a dark side. Suddenly immersed in Evan’s intense world of artistic brilliance, flying sculptures and sexual obsession, Billie’s carefully planned future is quickly unrecognisable. Spanning London, Paris, Scotland and finally St. Cloud, the South Pacific island they make their home, the young couple chase Evans dreams and run from their past.
But what happens to young obsessive love when unplanned pregnancy reshapes the future? As Billie struggles to cope with the demands of motherhood Evan is forced to deal with the repercussions of a previous mistake that rock their world altering the future forever.
Emotionally gripping and darkly humorous Skylark is an unconventional love story. A novel about what we do for love, of beauty in imperfection, betrayal and the weight of obsession.
This is the story of Evan and Billie.  They meet and then get married at supersonic speed.  But their relationship is…different.  It is love but it’s also a story of obsession, selfishness, immaturity and what it means to give up your hopes dreams for another person – a person whose motivations aren’t always clear.

So this book really has been a difficult one for me to rate.  It’s a solid book, well-written with really good characters.  But there were times that it really felt like the story dragged, and other times when I wanted to grab Billie and shake her.  And then give Evan a big old kick in the wang.  This is why this one is hard for me to rate.  I liked the way the story was told and it was an engrossing tale, but I really didn’t like Evan or Billie.  It was very obvious to me that Evan is mentally ill, and it seems that all Billie does is enable him at the expense of herself. I found that to be incredibly sad.  Billie gave Evan every part of herself and he, for reasons of his own, didn’t treat her the way she should have been.  This is a love story but it’s a love story that I found to be tragic and kind of infuriating. 

The end of this book really had me crying, too.  So, in that respect this was a good book because it got me so caught up in the story of characters that I really didn’t like that I actually cried!  So, get the Kleenex out for this one.  I would recommend it and I’m curious to know how other people feel about it all.  4 stars.


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