“You’re holding on so tight to the past that you’re letting the future breeze right on by because you’re too stubborn to let the past go.”Lindsey Ray Redd, Dear Yesterday
Title: Dear Yesterday
Author: Lindsey Ray Redd
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 312 (Paperback)
Published: April 24th, 2022
My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 7/10/2022 – 7/15/2022
What a sweet story! This was something kind of different for me. I saw the cover while scrolling through Instagram and looked up the summary and I knew I had to give it a chance.
Luella’s been estranged from her family for over a decade when her ailing grandmother sends word that she needs some help around the farm. As they reconnect, she gains a new perspective of old memories and reconciles what could have been but never was. She also learns sometimes family is what you make it even if it’s not the ideal picture you’ve always had in your mind. Perhaps the most difficult reality she must face is that some people never change.
All in all, a very enjoyable book with plenty of emotional and touching moments — and a great debut! I’m looking forward to Lindsey Ray Redd’s next book.
Likes & Dislikes
What I liked:
- Luella’s relationship with Helen. It’s complicated and the healing takes work.
- Meggie! Everyone needs a friend like her.
- The foster care plot.
What I disliked:
- Mya. I mean this from an entirely fictional standpoint. She was written so realistically it hurts. Bravo to the author for this one!
- The romance. It wasn’t the characters or the chemistry, I just found myself caring a lot more about the rest of the story.
I knew it would going in, but it hit close to home in a way. Sometimes strains in relationships really do boil down to mattes of miscommunication and misunderstandings… sometimes not. The book serves as a good reminder that life is short and can change in an instant. Some relationships are worth saving.