Book Review - Wynn In Doubt
Wynn In Doubt by Emily Hemmer *
"Wynn Jeffries has wanderlust. Unfortunately, her life stalled somewhere between graduating from college and slinging drinks at the local dive bar. Stuck in a one-room apartment with no career, no boyfriend, no…life, she dreams of something more. Something amazing. Something like Oliver Reeves, her high school crush, who’s back in town and reminding Wynn of the way she used to be.
When a forgotten news clipping falls out of a book belonging to Wynn’s grandmother, a well-kept family secret is finally revealed. Is Wynn’s gypsy spirit the result of an overactive imagination, or did she inherit it from a woman so determined to live a big life, she gave up everything to have it?
Together, Wynn and Oliver attempt to put together the missing pieces of her family’s past and unravel the mystery behind her great-grandmother’s disappearance. But after so much time succumbing to fear and regret, can Wynn ditch her safe, routine life for the chance at an extraordinary future?"
This book took me completely by surprise. I had read the blurb and saw the super cute cover and thought that it would probably be a really sweet book at most but I couldn't have been more wrong. This book completely captured me in a way I just really wasn't expecting and I totally fell in love with it.
Do you remember my book review last week where I said 'Why We Broke Up' was one of my favourite books that I've read this year so far, well, this was my other favourite of the year, they couldn't be more different but both equally as amazing.
The book is sort of set in two parts, present day where its all about Wynn and her life and then in the past which is re-told through journal entries from Wynn's great-grandmother. I loved this set up of the book and felt myself longing to know what the next journal entries were going to be about and you just find yourself desperate to find out the truth about Wynn's great grandmothers life.
Wynn is such a perfect main character too and you will be rooting for her from start to finish. Oliver is a perfect companion to help Wynn not only rediscover who she is but also who her family really are. I sort of went into reading this book thinking it was going to be another love story and while at times that is a definite theme in the book it really is more about the family mystery and Wynn trying to figure out what is going on in her life.
If you've ever found yourself just a little bit stuck or lost, not knowing what job you should be doing, where your life is going, should be going or even how to change it to what you want it to be then this story is perfect for you too as Wynn will become your new inspiration to help you make bold, brave choices just like she does.
The family element in the book really struck a cord with me and really made me think about my own family and the history of where I'm from too. One of the most interesting things for me about this story was at the beginning the author Emily writes a small piece to the reader explaining how her own family inspired the story, she has not based the story on her own life but has taken inspiration from finding out about her family history and what it means to her and added that element into the book.
The piece is just beautiful, what she writes is both heart-breaking and awe-inspiring. I don't want to spoil it for you by paraphrasing it here as I could never do it justice and I would really urge you to take a read of it for yourself but I just adored how she explained that the courage and bravery of someone who she had never meet personally but is so biologically tied to her family influences her to this day and I think it's so true right?
I mean what people in your family did or in some cases didn't do in the very distant past have had some part to play in you being here, if your great grandmother hadn't met your great grandfather then your grandmother wouldn't have been who she was and then so on....
It honestly had such an impact on me reading the authors opening piece and the story itself that it has inspired me to do something I have always wanted to do and that is find out more about my family history and research my family tree. Me and my mum have always wanted to do it as we have always been so interested in the whole thing but have always sort of put it off or said 'ah we'll do it one day' but I read the piece from the author to my mum and she thought it was so beautiful too and we decided we wanted to know more about our family and why we are who we are today too.
So as you can tell I have many reasons why this is one of my favourite books I have read this year but mainly its because its just such a beautiful story that I think everyone who reads it will get something completely different and personal from it.
I can't urge you enough to give this book a go if you like the sound of it and please do let me know what you think once you've read it or if you have already let me know your thoughts on it too.
I really do think this is the most beautiful story about how you've got to understand where you came from to be able to move forward and understand where your meant be.
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