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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner

Another Night, Another DayAnother Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of Sarah Rayner right from her first novel. I see that Karen is back in this one.

I have to say, this isn't a series of books, they are stand alone but it was nice to catch up with a character from a previous book with Karen being now somewhat older.

Mental Health has a stigma attached to it, yes, even after all these years, so it was great for me to see this author tackle it in such a readable way. I live with a husband who comes under "the mental health care" as he suffers with Bi Polar so I was very in tune with this author as she demonstrated great care in unfolding and developing the characters in this book.

Going back to Karen, she lost her husband in an awful accident the first time we got to know her, she was left with two children. We visit her now as she becomes the care giver to her Father who suffers with an illness.

Abby is a carer for her son who has autism, which is very hard work for her most times. Along with all of this her marriage is on the rocks.

Then there is Michael who is a business man, he owns a florist and is struggling within himself.

We meet up with these characters at Moreland clinic when each of them need aide for their mental health in one aspect or another.

Its all cleverly thought out and well knitted together.

As I said before, its hard to write about Mental health as people do not understand it, they cannot SEE it, the person seems OK, except for the loved ones who know them of course.

The reason I say its hard to write is infact because not all readers would understand it, but its so cleverly written that it shows us how anxiety, depression, autism, and all aspects of mental health can affect anyone at anytime at any age. Its not selective, it makes not distinction between class of people with money or if poor. Anyone, YOU or ME can get afflicted, things can happen in life that can send us over the edge of us coping and we become like a pressure cooker, we need a release.

Private care is so different from NHS care in the community, this is widely understood as we read. And totally scary.

This book is not sad, its not depressing, its an eye opener if you have never been involved in the caring system and Lillie was an outstanding character that brought me to much laughter many times.

I can honestly say I loved reading this, Sarah Rayner is a brilliant story teller and I am looking forward to reading many more of her books.

I would like to thank Pan Macmillan via Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book. Thank you.



An emotional novel about friendship and loss from the bestselling author ofOne Moment, One Morning and The Two Week Wait

From the author of the bestselling One Moment, One Morning comes another beautiful, bittersweet novel set in Brighton.

Three people, each crying out for help . . . 

There's Karen, worried about her dying father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care; and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they're brought together at Moreland's Clinic. Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another and share plenty of laughs. But how will they cope when a new crisis strikes?





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