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Monday, April 9, 2018

TLC Book Tours presents... WE OWN THE SKY by Luke Allnutt

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for part two of their bloggy celebration starring a new(ish) release via Park Row Books.  It's a work of Fiction that reads like fact and was inspired by the author's own brush with mortality, giving it all the feels one might expect, but in surprising places.  Ready or not, here comes today's blog tour guest and book of choice...

Luke Allnutt
Park Row Books

About the book...
A triumphant story about love, loss and finding hope—against all odds

“We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”

Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.

We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.


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What started out as a confusing yet curious story, turned into something so much more.  Here we have two people coming together and creating a life, both for themselves and a combination of themselves, only to have their worlds turned upside down in so many ways.  Rob and Anna only want what's best for their little man (Jack); after all he's the apple of his father's eye and the beat within his mother's heart.  Sometimes though, love for someone just isn't enough.  There are things that happen, circumstances that change, genes that hit or miss and create a problem no amount of love can wish away...but the moments captured, the memories made, the time spent in each other's company, and the love given freely without limits aid in creating something to hold on to even after the last breath has been taken.

I won't lie.  This story had me in tears at least three times and they may not be in all the places you might expect.  First time, the school fair when Jack was in the bouncy house with his friends.  Martin, Tony, and Emil were such stand up lads, it touched my heart and I know it made the world of difference to our Jack.  Hey, kids can be blunt, mean even, but these guys were worth their weight in gold.  Second time, when Rob was falling apart at the seams and contemplating an end to it all.  Whether serious or simply a passing thought briefly held by a drunkard, the sheer weight of his heartbreak was evident in his words, his actions, and even his non-actions.  If one could reach through the page and pluck someone from the brink, you'd want to.  He wasn't perfect, but he tried with the best intentions.  Third time, near the end...and I'm not talking about a person's end, either.  I mean story's end, but this time it was because it was heart warming and after all the sadness and despair, we could see the other side.  It may not have been the happiness we dreamed possible, but it was better than the sorrow we were lost in.

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In short, it was a wonderfully mesmerizing story of life, love, loss, and the potential to heal.  It reminded us that not all those who do evil intend to, nor are all those that seem good actually true to form.  We all make mistakes, some can't be taken back, but every day is a new day and should be treasured like the "present" it is, for we never know just how many we have left for not only ourselves, but with those we love.


About the author...

Luke Allnutt grew up in the U.K. and lives and works in Prague.


Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours and the Harlequin Books team for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.

  This title celebrated its book birthday April 3rd, 2018 via Park Row Books, an imprint of Harlequin Books, so seek thee out a copy at your local bookstore or favorite online retailer.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Wow ... this books sounds absolutely incredible. I definitely need to read this one.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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