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Daniel and Alexis come from two different worlds. Both very different upbringings. Abby does a fantastic job of making their worlds align. It’s written with duel POV’s. We experience all the emotions. The side characters are also worthy of their own stories. Another well written novel.
Alexis and Daniel shouldn't work. He's a small town carpenter, ten years her junior, she's an ER doctor from a prestigious medical family. But sometimes opposites attract.
This is already one of my favourite books. The humour is, as expected, top-tier. The opening bar scenes, and *that* photo scene with Daniel had my crying laughing. I also adored the banter between Daniel and Alexis. But as always with Abby's writing, there's a ton of emotional depth to the story. Alexis has the weight of her family's expectations on her shoulders. Her father is emotionally abusive, and deeply unlikeable. Meanwhile Daniel is trying to keep his head above water as he pacifies an absent mother. But they work SO well together that I was constantly forming ways for them to be together in my head (way before Alexis I had the exact plan she ultimately came to 😂). The chapters after things came crashing down at the hospital pretty much tore my own heart out. I was in physical pain with both of them. THAT'S how good the writing is. You feel their heartbreak.
I fell for Daniel pretty much immediately. He was SO honest, SO pure, and such a GOOD man. Which is precisely why I struggled occasionally with Alexis. I completely empathised with her situation, hated the way she was emotionally abused by her ex and father, and understood the conflict she felt. However, I hated how little of her life she bothered to explain to Daniel. I realise it was part of the plot, but I feel like she could have at least answered a couple of Daniel's questions. Her internal dialogue managed to explain it, so I just wish she'd told him as well. That said, I loved her journey. Her realisation of just how privileged a life she'd had, and her evolution from pampered princess to part of Daniel's world was truly lovely to witness.
Many of the scenes in Wakan have an almost ethereal quality to them, and that's a testament to Abby Jimenez's often visually poetic writing. I particularly loved the nature/supernatural elements of Wakan. From the unexpected acorns and thunderstorms, to the dragonflies constantly darting around. It felt cinematic.
And, of course there's a dog. Very reminiscent of Tess 😉 Plus, a baby goat. In pj's! Also, I urge everyone to read the Q&A at the end. The origin of the name Wakan? 👌🏼
Cannot wait for Briana's story!
P.s. The Easter eggs! Seriously. One of the things I love most about Abby Jimenez's writing is the way she interweaves characters from her other stories. For those who pre-ordered POYW there was a special bonus chapter available for 48hrs, and both of the characters involved are significant in this and another story, plus there's mention of a couple of other characters.
I was worried this book wouldn't live up to the hype but thank goodness it did! This is my first Abby Jimenez book and it's a perfect blend of sad, happy, emotional with a little magic. I read the whole thing in a day. Alexis is 37 and a ER doctor. Daniel is 28 and a carpenter/mayor/B&B owner in a small town. Two totally different ends of the scale yet they can't stay away from each other. Their fate was written as soon as the met. It did get a tad cheesy at times but you can easily overlook this. I know this is meant to have sprinkles of fairytales laced through but I also got Jack and Rose Titanic vibes from it. 4.5 stars.
On the surface, this book is a classic “opposites attract but are from two different worlds” tale. But it is so much more. Alexis and Daniel are both saddled with (and proud to carry on) two very different family legacies. Alex is a successful emergency room doctor working in a prestigious hospital that bears her family’s name. Daniel is the de facto mayor of a small town upon whom all the residents rely. They were never supposed to meet, because it obviously could never work, but fate had other plans.
Jimenez just keeps getting better and better with each book. Her writing is heartfelt, emotional and laugh out loud funny. Her characters are so real and deep. Her love stories are the kind we all dream of. But what I appreciate more than anything, is the author’s ability to tackle difficult subjects with such incredible care.
In PART OF YOUR WORLD, the topics of domestic abuse (both physical and emotional) and difficult parent/child relationships are handled respectfully and are not gratuitous in any way. This book also features a cast of supporting characters that round out the story perfectly. Did I mention there’s a baby goat in pyjamas?
You should also read the author's first three novels as there are some characters that overlap from book to book. And also, because all her books are awesome.
Wow! I loved this book. Abby Jimenez did it again and wrote an amazing book. I actually think they are getting better and better. Being the child who stopped taking over the family business which existed more than a century, I totally get how Alexis and Daniel felt. Giving up and ending something generations before you build up and put their lives into it, is soo hard and makes one feel really guilty… so I totally get the obligations both of them are feeling. But even without my background it isn‘t hard to participate in the characters feelings and actions, as Jimenez is so talented to make one feel how the characters felt. The book is laugh out loud funny, sad that your own tears might drop, full of lovely sentences one likes to hang up on the wall . It is wonderful! Also, if you like audiobooks- get it! The readers are great!!!!!
I had such high hopes for this book. I read The friend zone, The happy ever after playlist and Life’s too short and I loved them all! I was so impressed with Abby Jimenez’s writing. I loved all the characters and I laughed a lot. Those books were the story. They existed without any kind of virtue signaling and it was so refreshing. They were heavy subjects, but I didn’t struggle to get thru the books. This one was not at all like those. First of all, Alexis annoyed me so badly. She was a doctor… she worked hard for her career… driven and smart… but somehow she doesn’t see it and can’t make decisions that would make herself happy. It got so tedious. I know there was the element of mental abuse, but she was working through all of that in therapy and she could recognize it enough to leave her boyfriend…but she still felt beholden to her family and what they wanted for her and couldn’t see the abuse there.
Second, there was way too much virtue signaling. Right off the bat there was the bashing of white men. It wasn’t necessary. Maybe if she had mentioned how difficult it was for a woman to work and thrive in a male dominated field, or if it had been written how the elite and super privileged were out of touch with reality, then ok. But it felt like she was very specifically targeting and blaming white men for the issues in this book all while dropping names like Melinda Gates and paying homage to Barack Obama… it was actually laughable. Third, there is Daniel. Another character who doesn’t know his worth. Who chases Alexis like a puppy dog. Who doesn’t think he can sell his one of a kind woodworking items for any substantial amount because it just never occurred to him before.
The whole story felt somber and kind of preachy. There wasn’t great chemistry between the leads and the virtue signaling killed it. I just wasn’t impressed.