BOOK TOUR/BOOK REVIEW: MARY BETH KEANE – ASK AGAIN, YES

Today, it’s a book blog tour review of the highly talked-about new novel, Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane…

I was supposed to do this blog tour spot yesterday but I’ve been drowning in deadlines and I had to prioritise but never fear! Here it is – my review for Ask Again, Yes. I love watching a book bloom. From seeing it now and again on my Instagram to the next day all I see is the same cover after each other. And that’s what’s going on with this one this summer. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane is everywhere at the moment and for good reason, too. So, what’s it all about? Here’s the blurb:

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.

Sounds good, right? If I’m honest, I’m not a massive fan of the book. I mean, I liked it and enjoyed it but I wouldn’t say I loved it. This book is a slow burner, for sure, but for me, it was just a bit too slow. The obvious comparison to this is Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere and it’s having the same buzz around it, too.

It’s a good novel about families, love, relationship, the past, and so much more. I think I didn’t take it all in as I was reading it too quickly but I’m going to make an effort to read it again properly soon where I can take my time! I did enjoy it, but it was just a bit too slow for me but I think this is a book that a lot of people will enjoy.

A big thank you to Sriya at Michael Joseph for my copy! Again, sorry for the delay on the blog tour and if you haven’t read it yet, why not give it a go?

Have you read Ask Again, Yes already? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour here:

AAY blog tour

Have you read Ask Again, Yes? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

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