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Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton // Review


Title: Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 8th February 2018

Synopsis: Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and sees her family – her parents and her twin brother – start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time.divider-2461548_1280Review:

A heart felt and moving story of love, loss and the lengths that people will go to live their life to the fullest.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the synopsis as it didn’t give too much away on the copy I received, but what was hiding inside the cover was a book that I didn’t know I needed in my life.

The writing style of this book is everything. I cried through so many chapters because I could feel the despair Lily was going through, and the loss her family felt as if it were my own.

The way that Ben gave up his life so Lily could live a little longer was everything. The relationship between the two twins was so well written, and really added a beautiful element to an already outstanding book. I also loved the interaction between Lily and the rest of her family and friends, seeing how she navigated her new circumstances felt so real and raw.

The underlying message of coming to terms with loss, goodbyes and understanding grief was brilliantly done. I have yet to find a fiction novel that resonates with me around the topic of grief, but this did it perfectly.

This is definitely one of the best books of 2018. With a beautiful and heart-wrenching message about coping with loss, and a writing style to leave you in tears – this book will stay with you long after the final page.

You can buy Sunflowers in February on Amazon UK here!

*NOTE: I was sent this book in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

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