Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Have you ever wanted to reach into a book, find the author in it, and hug said author? Have you ever been so emotionally drawn to the pain evoked from the author’s story? Evie Interrupted by Alison G. Bailey is that such a book for me. After several months of reading stories that interested me, but didn’t invest me emotionally, Bailey’s Evie Interrupted is a provocative rendering of love. If you’re looking for a traditional romance in her book, you will find it, but it isn’t the most important love on the page. Instead, Bailey’s book is a love story between a mother and a daughter. It’s about hero-making and the pain of living in that hero-worship when the hero (or heroine) seems no longer worthy of it. It’s about the switching of roles between a child and a parent in the face of a devastating illness. And it’s about living the same life over and over again, becoming static, and feeling like you have to live in that space when you just want to fly.
After the first couple of chapters of Bailey’s book, I didn’t know if I would survive it. You should know that I did, and it stretched me as a person. Using the past and present to tell her story, Alison G. Bailey captured a piece of my heart with Evie Interrupted, and I don’t want it back. I also really want to meet her someday and give her the biggest hug when it’s allowed because this book requires it.
I was drawn to Evie Interrupted by its cover and its blurb. But I fell in love with it through its ability to show the pain of life. There is indeed a beautiful traditional romance in this book, complete with a hero who is everything you love in heroes: handsome, $exy, compassionate, and wholly in love with the heroine. There is also a heroine (well, actually, two) who falls deeply in love with the hero almost at first sight. But she is much more complicated, and you will struggle to love her at times. Yet, it’s her love for the other heroine in this book that will captivate you, that will make your heart bleed, and that will steal a piece of your soul. Come to this book, girded with a box of tissues, but know that you will leave Alison G. Bailey’s Evie Interrupted changed in all the best of ways.
In love and romance,