On the Other Side Review

On the Other Side
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Bought from Waterstones (released July 14th 2016)

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won't open.

Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it's too late.

As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . .

Now, when I read the synopsis of this book, I really wasn’t sure whether it was my cup of tea or not. I just know that anything a Fletcher touches is usually magical so I had to give it a go. I pre-ordered this book from Waterstones and when it arrived, I couldn’t stop looking at it, the cover is absolutely stunning and I do love a pretty book.

On the Other Side is a book written by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Sadly, I think this is a one off book but as much as I’d like to know more about Evie’s past, I honestly think it’s best as a standalone book. There were no questions left unanswered and it really was a beautiful ending. This is not really a book for teenagers (unless you’re mature) so I’d say 16+ upwards; I’d say it’s more women’s fiction.

On the Other Side is written from Evie Snow’s point of view. She has recently passed away and is trying to get into her own version of heaven. To do this, she must revisit secrets from her past and reveal them to her family members, who are still alive. She must travel through a wall which takes her back to her family and must appear in their dreams and leave them clues to the secrets she can finally reveal.

Evie is raised into a rich, uppity family who think they’re superior to everyone. They’re very traditional and old school…and well, Evie’s very much the opposite. Her family have arranged a marriage for her but Evie wants to be free so her mother agrees she can try for a year to find a career and a life for herself. If she manages to do this in a year, she can be free and do what she pleases, if not, she must go home and marry who her parents tell her too. Well, that’s what she’s told anyway…

Along the way, she meets Vincent. Vincent is a busker on the underground but Evie falls fast and hard for him. They share the most perfect few months together but all good things must come to an end, especially for Evie. Her parents are disapproving of Vincent and forbid her to see him. Will Evie follow her dreams or her parent’s dream?

It’s within this story that the three secrets are revealed and they are revealed to her family in such beautiful ways. I usually hate birds but there’s a very special little bird in this called Little One, who I just absolutely adore and I’m sure you will too.

This book is simply magical and completely original. You won’t be able to put this down and once again, I’m completely won over by someone from the Fletcher family. I’m sure they’re all magical or something. This is a fun, light-hearted book but be warned: you will never be able to look at orange sweets in the same way again. Cue the tissues. And lots of them. 

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