G. Benson is one of my favorite authors. Her writing has the ability to grab me by the heartstrings and pull me by those strings all the way through the story. This definitely happened to me when I read The Thing About Tilly.
I marked this novel as a romance, but technically this is a love story. There is a difference in these two genres. The biggest difference is that in a romance, the reader usually expects a definite happy-ever-after ending, or at least a happy-for-now. With a love story, you may or may not get that type of ending because…well…life happens, and life is what we get with this story.
This is a book about love that starts out as friendship. It is a story about what can happen when there is little or no communication in a relationship. It’s also a tale of family…the family we are born into, and the family we choose. A lot of angst runs through this book, caused by past trauma, no communication, mistakes and fear. At its core, though, this is a novel about family, friendship and love.
The tale is told through the eyes of the two main characters, Evie and Tilly, and also through Sean, their best friend from university, and part of their chosen family. All of the characters are exceptionally well-developed and realistic. The story is heartwarming and uplifting.
This novel has been marked as one of my favorites. I recommend it to all who enjoy reading stories about love and family. You can find the book here.
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review. You can buy a copy here.