Hello wonderful readers! It’s time for another book review! The author, Lynda Young Spiro (hence the title) contacted me asking for a review of her book in exchange for a free copy of said book… ‘There is always more to say’.
A quick comment, a book has to be incredibly special for me to write a review in this style- I like books that intrigue me, leave me wanting more of the story, are creative etc. This book ticks all the boxes… enjoy the review!
First of all, I want to intrigue you with a puzzle. How can one book have many plots? All of them somewhat true depending on your thought process…
I could say this book is about a forbidden love where fate has entangled two strangers, pulling at their heart strings. This would be true
I could say this book is about an obsession spanning over three decades by a possessive manipulator where only heartbreak ensures. This would be true.
I could say this book is about a never ending journey of self discovery, where there is always more to say. This would also be true.
Have I intrigued you yet? I hope so…
This book is all about perspective, not just from the first person character. I came to my own conclusion about what this book about; in my opinion, a love that could never be keeps returning into the main character’s life, making it difficult to let go or even try to rekindle. Notice how I say ‘main character’ and I do this cautiously. Gender absence is a occurring theme in Spiro’s book, it is unknown what gender the characters are although there are certain clues. I want to tell you about the clues but I don’t want to spoil it! So I won’t. I should also use the theme of ‘love’ cautiously for this reason also. The story is about a friendship between two people that all started in a little picturesque cafe in Soho in 1984. Spiro’s language is imaginative and beautiful, quirky in some ways. Their meeting was by chance, the whit of destiny striking when they least expected it. But I believe their friendship ran deeper than friends, I do believe the main character loved the one who she calls ‘you’. The story seems as if it is an abundance of letters to ‘you’, the person she met over thirty years ago, but also a train of thought, as if reliving certain events in their mind. This is why although it is in first person, they are always guessing the other’s train of thought, what they mean, how they see events unravel. Their life together was brief, the person the main character meets in that little cafe returns to America leaving them hurt, to live their life in London without them. A span of three decades and the certain events take control of this book, leaving you waiting to see if their love could ever last, or if it ever was.
Off-chance meetings and suspense are not however the essence of this book. The story between the events I found far more interesting. The thought processes, the flashbacks to emotions and feelings, the never ending guessing game. I was hooked for these little snippets of information and believe they made the story more special. I believe the protagonist is female but I am unsure of the other character’s gender. I wonder if my opinions of them were to change if their genders were revealed. Hmm, something to ponder. I find the person who lives in America quite unlikable. I feel as if their relationship, be it friends or more, is controlled by their actions. As soon as the protagonist feels as if she is letting go, the other feeds her glimpses of hope then shatters them over and over again, perhaps not realizing how much this hurt the other. Although I could be wrong, they could be scared, they could be hurting themselves which I am sure they were. This brings me back to the ‘love’ theme, I believe there is more than just a friendship and their bond runs deeper, perhaps afraid as their generation was not ready for this kind of love.
I got a bit carried away writing this review as it has so many elements I loved exploring and analyzing. However I do not want to spoil this wonderfully written story, so I won’t reveal much more! What made me smile were the quotes the author puts at the end of every chapter, with many famous folk you may recognize; Homer, Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, even Walt Disney makes an appearance! All quotes are carefully selected to reflect on what you just read, and foreshadowing what is yet to come. I found this to be a very fitting feature for the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
But I would like to make a criticism which I will then take back. I foolishly turned the last page only to find that the book had finished and I was disappointed. There was no ‘one more chapter’, leaving the book on a sort of cliffhanger. I was surprised at this but then I read the title again. That is the book. There will be always more to say, another chapter unwritten, another story to be told. I couldn’t help but smile at this!
I would recommend this story to a wide range of readers. At 160 pages, this is a relatively short read and I hope this will be another likable feature to intrigue you into reading this book! It can be seen as a coming of age book, or about having no regrets on later life, or regretting what you haven’t done yet. It will inspire you, It will make you think, but most of all, it will leave you with a sense of nostalgia; how anything can happen in life, but it will occur by a chance meeting, perhaps at a little cafe, in Soho, in 1984.
You can buy a copy of this book on the website http://www.thereisalwaysmoretosay.com where you can also find out more about this wonderfully colourful and creative author Her social media links are also on her website. Spiro is imaginative and curious, I have never read a book like this one! Completely one of a kind!
Happy reading! Lx
I was sent a MOBI file, perfect for kindle and reading on the go! I would recommend the windows store app ‘Book Bazaar reader’ and apple app ‘Total reader’ if you want to read a MOBI file without an ereader.