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BLOG TOUR: Ivy & Abe by Elizabeth Enfield

They're soulmates.
Ivy and Abe were inseparable as children until an accident tore them apart. Several decades later, when both are in their seventies, a chance encounter reunites them. But time is not on their side.
But what if they'd met in a different time and place?
In another life, Ivy and Abe meet in their forties, when both are married already. Unable to resist the attraction between them, they embark on a passionate affair.
In yet another, they marry young, with a bright future ahead of them- only for a dark shadow to threaten their happiness.
Throughout various incarnations of their lives, they come together and go their separate ways, fall in and out of love, make or break promises.
In every universe, Ivy and Abe are meant to meet. But are they meant to be?

Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 342

Ivy & Abe is written with a great deal of poignancy and tenderness and I think readers are going to love it.
Ivy and Abe were childhood friends but circumstances saw them go their separate ways. They then meet in their seventies and the connection is still there but ultimately they are a little too late to enjoy finding each other again.
The author continues the rest of the book by exploring what would have happened if they had met in a different time and place?  Elizabeth Enfield shows Ivy and Abe meeting each other when they are both married but the attraction is irresistible  and they embark on a passionate affair. In a different scenario they meet and marry young but sadly fate still comes knocking on their door.
Once I had got into the swing of things, I really enjoyed this book. I came to care about Ivy and Abe and it was so interesting to see them in different circumstances and stages of their lives. I was so pleased that the author did not romanticise or idealise the two characters- she showed how they were flawed and unlikable at times which just made them feel more realistic.
Ivy & Abe takes a long hard look at relationships, marriage and family. I believe the author was able to show how hard marriage can be at points and that it is something that requires effort and sometimes, ultimately it does not work.
I think this book will appeal to fans of books such as One Day and readers who enjoy going down the 'What if?' route.
Ivy & Abe is an excellent read, it leaves you with a lot to think about and importantly to appreciate who you have in life.

Many thanks to Penguin for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, Ivy and Abe is published today! 

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