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Love, Carry My Bags Paperback – November 18, 2012
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"By the end of the story, you find yourself not only thoroughly invested in all of the central characters' lives, but truly touched by each of them and their experience...I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heartfelt love story." - eBook Lovers Co-Op
"It stole my breath and pushed me forward reminding me of the power of love and pain of it too...But it is powerful and worth taking the time to read."
From the Author
Love, Carry My Bags, is a bittersweet tale of lost love. I wrote it intending it to be a meaty and meaningful read that would keep readers thinking after flipping the last page.
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The book, for me, started off a bit slow, but that may be because I typically read thrillers that start off with a bang. I was a bit lost for the first 6 chapters, wondering where the storyline was going (although I did very much enjoy the interaction & dialogue between the characters). But once Camryn was off to college, Ms. Everett had me guessing! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, it didn't. The book had me wondering what was coming next.
In my opinion, this book is about life - communication, marriage, divorce, aging parents, etc. There's a major lesson within it that communication is key. Communication, or the lack thereof, played out throughout this book with the three main characters.
This is also a story about a woman growing up, someone who didn't really know who she was in her younger years but who took life's lemons and lessons and eventually figured out just who exactly she was. It was a pleasure watching Camryn discover herself and become a strong woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind and call it like it is.
The ending, although also a bit long for my liking, was satisfying. Again, I thought I knew exactly how this book was going to end, but it didn't end that way. And I'm glad it didn't; the ending was much better than the one I was expecting.
I know there's not a lot of details here and that's because I don't want spoil anything! If you're looking for a satisfying read, pick up this book.
This is more than a story. It is a journey through Camryn’s life. She has her bestest friends that she grew up with, she has her college friends…but above all of those things, she has the one person in her life that she depends on to see her through it all. But what happens when he can’t be there for her? What happens when his own battles prevent him from being the man he has always wanted to be for her? Will time, distance and family be the breaking point in the perfect friendship and love?
Camryn’s Reese… let me just start by saying that this guy is the epitome of the perfect guy on the outside. He is her strength, her comfort, her friend and her everything. But Camryn ultimately has to make a big decision regarding him. She can’t be there for him if he is pushing her away. She can’t be there for him if he is not at least going to make the effort to keep her in his life. But she will always love him. Always.
As with most perfect high school relationships, Camyrn and Reese eventually fade out in the obscurities of life. He loves her and she loves him. They will always have that bond. But during college, Camryn meets Glenn. Glenn is goodlooking and a smooth talker. He is not perfect, but Camryn falls in love with him. Determined to make the relationship work because Camryn desperately wants to be loved as much as she loves, these two get married, have a baby and live the not-so-happily ever kind of life.
This book is really tough to talk about because there are so many things to talk about. It is not a quick read and it will leave you questioning so much about life. But in the end, it was all for love, not just the happily ever after. This book was about opening your eyes to the experiences and the opportunities you have been given. To embrace those around you. To know that you don’t have to be perfect to be loved. But more importantly, this is Carmyn’s journey.
This is her journey of self-discovery, self-worth and the power of love. When everything in the world seems to be going against Camryn and Glenn, she wants to give up, but she also knows that her decisions are not just about her. They are about her daughter. They are about her future. But always in the back of her mind, they are about Reese too.
I spent a lot of time questioning the moves that Camryn made in her life when it came to these two men, but I also spent a lot of time admiring her strength and courage. She battled through life and made it what it was, good or bad, it was hers.
This book was a lot to take in, but in the end, it was so worth every last moment. It stole my breath and pushed me forward reminding me of the power of love and pain of it too. This book is written with a special ease and attention that reminds us all of how the little things do bog us all down in our daily lives. But it is powerful and worth taking the time to read.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I feel like I have just read an autobiography of the authors life though there is nothing to indicate that it is but the feelings are just so raw and real. We meet Camryn as a teenager in the 80's, this is where I made friends with Camryn as the story met my own experience, and follow her through her life into her late forties. Camryn is a sweet young girl that is growing up with a close group of friends and slowly starts to develop feelings for her best friend Reese who becomes her first love. After a year apart they develop their relationship further and I was expecting to hear wedding bells and the patter of tiny feet but life can be cruel and throws that curveball.
After drifting apart, without explanation from Reese, while Camryn is at college she quickly meets Glenn and though he is a rebound at first they go on to spend a life together. We follow Camryn through all the heart ache and emotions of an unhappy wife with a very difficult husband that is never going to live up to her first love. Seriously I wanted to throttle Glenn more than a few times and though we learnt early on he has Dyslexia I was pretty sure all the way through that he had other issues, without a doubt he loves her in his own way but Camryn deserves a medal for sticking with him.
Your heart will hurt for Camryn, you will want to shake Glenn (a lot), you will wonder what happened to Reese, you will cry when Camryn is met with difficult situations and has to make difficult decisions again and again. You will shout at your Kindle that she is a doormat but in the end you will come to love Glenn and cry for him too. I loved the outcome of the book and am really holding back in giving away any details as to how the story pans out as it would spoil the book too much. I am now off to read I Loved That About You which is Glenn's POV to see if I can understand this difficult man better, though after reading the Authors note in the first book some of his behaviour does already make sense.
I would recommend this book if you like an emotional read that is very true to life and a book doesn't have to contain loads of sex as it is very tame in that sense. I have given this book 5 stars based purely on the level of emotion it stirred in me while reading.