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    Without Her, by Rosalind Brackenbury, was nothing quite like I had expected From the synopsis, I knew Claudia had been called by Phil, the husband of her long time friend, Hannah, when she fails to arrive at their summer home, and is deemed missing Claudia leaves America to head to the South of France and help Hannah s family find her.What I did not expect from this synopsis was to find a story rich in exploring relationships, and how far we can bend traditional expectations of them What can be forgiven, and what cannot be forgotten What are we willing to ignore in order to hold onto relationships, and what are we forced to give up if we cannot Brackenbury presents characters who are sometimes infuriating, sometimes likable, but always honest sometimes so honest you find yourself cringing She presents issues of living on our own terms in very different ways through Claudia, Hannah, Philip, and Alexandre, bringing readers to question whether there really is a right way of doing things, and opening their minds to other ideas Had I known about the topics that would be brought up in this novel prior to reading it, I m not sure it would have caught my attention However, it is a very unique story, and I feel thankful to have read it It s not the type of book where I found myself thinking about the characters in between picking it up, but instead, the struggles they were facing, and how I would ever deal with those same struggles if I were in any of their positions.Thank you to NetGalley for this advanced copy in order for an honest review Without Her hits bookstores in July keep an eye out for it

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    Without Her A Compelling Story Of The Lifelong Friendship Of Two Women Across Two ContinentsWithout Her is the story of Claudia and Hannah who became friends in a British boarding school back in the 1960 s Hannah is a bit capricious and daring Claudia, on the other hand, is a serious and introspective young girl.Claudia eventually follows her dream to become a filmmaker and moves to America Back in the Great Britain, Hannah marries and has a family Claudia eventually becomes a cinematography professor and never marries Regardless of distance and dissimilar lifestyles, the two women remain friends see each other periodically over the years.Hannah is now a grandmother and she and her husband have a vacation home in France One day Claudia is contacted by Hannah s husband asking her to come help him find his wife Claudia drops everything to help find her missing friend Claudia is not completely shocked that her capricious friend might take off suddenly for some little adventure When Hannah remains nowhere to be found, Claudia has her hands full with Hannah s family becoming frantic by the minute Where is Hannah Is she just off on a flighty adventure Or has something untoward happened to her As Claudia delves deeper into Hannah s life she is confronted with her own life as well Without Her, a compelling story of the lifelong friendship of two women across two continents, reminds us that true friendship is not always easy.Without Her reminds us that while true friendship is a precious gift, but one that may not always be easy to sustain.

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    From the very start, I wasn t sure about Hannah a small, thin girl playing chess against herself in the damp cloakroom of an all girls boarding school It s here we re introduced to a budding friendship between the narrator, Claudia, and this mildly enigmatic woman child who tells her about to be new best friend about her solo chess game, I m never sure who s going to win I wasn t, either, while reading Rosalind Brackenbury s Without Her Delphinium Books The two girls become inseparable partners in crime, unapologetically late for meals and brazenly absent from roll call altogether But from page 3, it s clear who s the inspiration for misbehavior, who has the moxie and so right away, we readers know who the her is in the title It s Hannah.Brackenbury s sentences have an arresting cadence I had the feeling that each sentence was heavier at the end, that words slid downhill, taking me with them This made for easy reading, but not a hurried read because Brackenbury has a lovely penchant for appealing to as many of the five senses as she possibly can The cloakroom smelled sweaty and polluted, the housemistress had the piercing stare of a bird of prey, chair legs scraped on bare wood floor, there was cold leftover food and leaves at the window like hands against glass, footsteps and shouts All this in the first five pages.The rest of the review

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    Without Her is a story of relationships over a span of decades Although the central relationship is between Claudia and Hannah, who meet in an English boarding school, as time passes, their initial connection expands to other people and places The author develops these relationships as elegantly as a time lapse series of photos of a flower opening from bud to full bloom.The story begins with a frantic call from Hannah s husband to Claudia announcing that Hannah is missing failed to arrive at their summer house in France Claudia travels to France and embarks on a search, eventually tracking down Hannah and learning her deep secret and agreeing, after much thought, to do as Hannah asks.This brief summary can t be expanded without revealing spoilers I liked how the story is spun with details from the past and present intermixed so the reader learns every detail, just as we can imagine that flower blooming While at times extremely sad, this book describes beautifully the bonds of friendship and what people will do in the name of love.Highly recommended.I received this book as an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley.

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    I was really drawn to this initially due to the lifelong relationship between Claudie and Hannah I liked how the book went back into the past to show how their friendship progressed through time while going through the dilemma of Hannah disappearing out of nowhere in her 60 s This book really tied in well with history in the locations and presented the women as educated and cultured Overall, this book was well written and demonstrated lots of emotion and will be relatable to many women Thanks for the ARC, Net Galley.

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    Without Her was a very well with book about two longtime friend that met in boarding school years before Claudia hears from Hannah s husband that she s missing Claudia, who lives in America, flies to Europe to help locate Hannah.The book is filled with flashbacks to their shared past and present day It s a great book about friendship, choices and change.I would have given the book 4 stars, but I didn t care for the ending I d like to thank the author publisher Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a for and honest review

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    Without Her is a story about two steadfast friends Hannah and Claudia They met in boarding school and because lifelong friends Claudia receives a message from Hannah s husband that she is missing She rushes to Europe and the story flashes back to various time frames to fill in the story of the women, I didn t care for the ending, but I understand why the author chose to handle the situation in that manner It s a novel about friendship and difficult choices Thanks to NetGalley for the early read.

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    I received an ADC from Netgalley and the publisher Delphinium Books for review.This is the story of 3 friends who come together after decades apart to help one of the friends on her final journey.I put friends in quotes, because they are quite horrible to each other The premise of the story held promise than the novel itself I felt sad and betrayed at the end alongside the protagonist, Claudia She s much forgiving than I am.Recommended for those who want something different in their fiction.

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    I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.The story focuses on the life long relationship between two women We follow them from the time they met as youngsters until they are in their late 60s The characters are well drawn We see how their feelings for each other and reactions to situations change over time Over the years, their trust in their friendship is tested, but ultimately, they are always there for each other despite very challenging circumstances.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was particular captivated by the raw emotion of the ending.

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    In Without Her, Rosalind Brackenbury describes the lifelong friendship of two women who met in an English boarding school when they were young girls Their perfect friendship becomes strained after their college years in Cambridge when Claudia leaves Hannah behind and moves to America to become a filmmaker Despite this geographical separation, Claudia visits often enough that when Hannah goes missing, her husband seeks Claudia, the person who knows her best, to help find his wife This book was impossible to put down and I read it in one day Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Without Her Rosalind Brackenbury S WITHOUT HER, Pitched As A Ferrante Esque Novel About A Close, Life Long Friendship Between Two Women That Must Be Examined After One Of Them Mysteriously Disappears, Bringing Up Questions Of Allegiance, Jealousy And Betrayal From The Past And Explores What The Strength Of Lifelong Friendship Really Is, To Joseph Olshan At Delphinium, In A Nice Deal, For Publication In July