Book Tour - Ask Again, Yes - Mary Beth Keane

August 12, 2019

5/5 stars 


Love, loss, forgiveness and so much hope,  a truly epic read. 


Thank you to Michael Joseph for my invitation to share my review on the blog tour and for my copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review. 

The plot

Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new neighbours.

Lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend but Anne Stanhope - cold, elegant, unstable - wants to be left alone.

It's left to their children - Lena's youngest, Kate, and Anne's only child, Peter - to find their way to one another. To form a friendship whose resilience and love will be almost broken by the fault line dividing both families, and by the terrible tragedy that will engulf them all.

A tragedy whose true origins only become clear many years later . . .

A story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood - villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. 

A story of how, if we're lucky, the violence lurking beneath everyday life can be vanquished by the power of love.

My Review

This book has been everywhere the past couple of weeks and now that I have read it I can see why. 

Set around two families in New York The Gleesons and the Stanhopes. Both fathers are in the police force and both move to a small town called Gillam. 

From the outside the families look the same but behind closed doors there is a very different side in the Stanhopes. 


This book slowly recounts the lives of both familes and particularly focusing on Kate the youngest daughter of the Gleesons and Peter only child of the Stanhopes and their relationship. 


The author is not afraid to touch on some of lives bigger challenges like bereavement, mental health and alcoholism and this with the underlying thread of Kate and Pete the boy and girl next door and their connection makes a truly remarkable read. 


It has a lot of sadness but also hope and the writing is wonderful. 


I loved this paragraph 


'Outside it smelt like autumn finally. His favourite season. The first sign of cooler weather always made him crave a stack of fresh notebooks, made him want to eat an apple and then run a 10k as fast as he could' . 


I was immediately transported to that time of year.


This is a very special book and there is love in this book everywhere and because of this it has made it one of my books of the year. 


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