Hello lovelies and welcome to my first book review. Plus there is a lovely surprise in store, I’m doing a giveaway at the end of the review.
To be honest, I was a bit perplexed when I read the title of this book. But upon reading the book, I was so intrigued and found myself reading it for hours and not wanting to put it down. This book made me think about life and our relationships with people.
Rebecca Marley is a brilliant writer who works for a popular magazine called Lifestyle. Although good at expressing herself in her written articles for the magazine; the same cannot be said about her personal life.
On the brink of having an emotional melt down, she approaches her boss with a weird proposal. By needing a break from life and the social world; she challenges herself to be completely silent for 9 months by not communicating to anyone. She would become mute.
During the 9 months she would document her journey and progress with monthly magazine entries.
Could it be possible for someone to go from living a normal life in society, to suddenly not speaking to anyone for 9 months? Never before did Rebecca follow through with a challenge she started. And as she starts this challenge, it is not as easy as she initially thought . Could she do this and can she live a life without truly needing other people?
Mute is the first book that I read by Christine Bernard. My initial thought was – how could this author possibly write an entire book on someone who is not going to speak to anyone for 9 months. But, Christine’s writing style had me captivated from the start.
Christine describes (the main character) Rebecca’s outlook on life perfectly.
This character struggles to deal with the pressures of life and sees the world as a selfish place to live in. She is socially uncomfortable, self-conscious, frustrated, pessimistic, angry, moody and has so much resentment bubbled inside of her.
The characters of Rebecca’s parents were wonderfully written.
In the beginning Rebecca annoyed me a bit. However as I continued to read the book, the pieces of the puzzle finally started fitting together. The technique Christine used to write these complex issues into the book was incredible. It kept me intrigued and I felt the emotions alongside Rebecca. It gave me a clearer understanding why she has these character traits and how these issues affected Rebecca’s relationship with her father, mother, friends, ex-boyfriends and her working relationship with her colleagues. Could these issues also place a damper on any future love interests?
By documenting her journey of silence, it revealed a vulnerable side of Rebecca but yet she was also so brave. Mute focuses on self-acceptance, inner peace, personal change and forgiveness.
I didn’t expect the book to end the way it did. In saying that, I am really excited to read the sequel to this book to discover new developments in Rebecca’s life.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. So much can be taken from this book as it deals with real life issues. I therefore highly recommend this book.
My rating for this book is 4.5/5 stars.
**I received this book from Christine Bernard in exchange for an honest review.**
I have three (3) Ebook copies of Mute to give away. Two (2) winners will be selected from my blog entry and one (1) winner from my Instagram page. For the Instragram entry, you need to head over to my page https://www.instagram.com/millerinthecity/
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