That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay


I found McKinlay’s writing so delicious I had to say some of the lines out loud just to savor them on my tongue ~ Sheila

Eve Petworth finds her 40’s to be a bit of a rocky road.  Living in London on her own after a divorce, and struggling as her own adult daughter is about to be married and leaning a little too hard on Eve, Eve takes solace in books written by a popular American Novelist, Jackson Cooper.  When Eve writes to Cooper informing him of her appreciation of his books and comparing one of his lines about a watery summer day to ripe fruit, Cooper to her surprise, writes back.

Jackson Cooper has his own tales of love and loss.  Now in his 50’s and divorced twice, he really does not know what he wants.  Women fall all over him, and if that is what he wanted he would be set, but really he just wants to write that next book that seems stuck in his head without all the – well lets call it what it is:  Drama.  Writing to Eve in London is like writing to an old friend.  They share recipes, they talk about books and the weather…

and both wonder in the middle of this messed up life… if their might be something more…



I am not even sure if I can tell you how impressed I am with That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay.  Even now weeks after I have read the book, I glance over at it as I type with a little smile on my face.

This book reminds me a little of the flow of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but with a gentler flow to it.  This one grabbed me as I enjoyed Eve and her struggles with her every day life as well as Jackson’s struggles as he continuously (sometimes hilariously) messed everything up. 

This is the book I recommended for February in the Blogger Recommended publication.  I hope you too will take a closer look at this book and give it a read.  I seriously enjoyed it. 



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