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Review by Suze
Claire is married to the love of her life, Greg. She has two beautiful daughters, Caitlin is a student and Esther is a toddler. She is very close to her mother as well. Lately more and more things are slipping through her fingers. Claire can no longer work and has to give up the job she loves. She starts to forget her husband and the life they have together and when she leaves the house she can no longer remember where she went and why she wanted to go there in the first place. Greg gives her a Memory Book, a book with blank pages that can be filled with memories, pictures and mementos. Claire always wanted to write a book and even though this isn't the kind of book she had in mind it's a way for her to write down everything she wants to share before it disappears for good.
Claire can no longer remember the exact details of her marriage. When she meets a stranger during one of her wanderings they instantly have a connection. She feels guilty that she can no longer reconnect with her love for the man she's living with, but feels attracted to someone she's never met before. Will Claire be able to find back her love for Greg or is it lost forever together with so many memories of the two of them?
The Day We Met is an impressive story about a woman who has early onset Alzheimer's disease. Rowan Coleman describes the illness in such a beautiful compassionate way. She knows how to write about sickness and skillfully covers all the emotions that Claire and everyone around her are dealing with. What Claire is going through is sad and awful, but fortunately there's a lot of love in her life which helps to deal with the pain. I often had tears in my eyes while I was reading her story, but the beauty of her character also made me smile and I instantly loved her. Her oldest daughter is going through a tough phase and Claire wants to be there for her in her own way. She keeps fighting to maintain her personality. It's such a touching situation to witness. The Day We Met is a family story, an unusual, emotional one about people who are very close.
Rowan Coleman has written such a fantastic novel. I can't praise this book enough and think it's an absolute must-read. She switches between points of view and gives the story plenty of interesting layers. I felt so many different things and the story made me go through a rollercoaster of emotions. I love books that are making me feel so much. There is sadness, joy, hope, fear, despair, unconditional love and a lot more. The Day We Met is a brilliant book and I highly recommend it.