1714, France, a small village. Addie LaRue is 23 years-old, and well past the age to get married. Her parents have arranged a marriage for her, but she just can’t marry this man! There’s just so much she want to see, so much she wants to do, and if she marries him, she’ll be trapped in this little village for the rest of her life. So, on the day of her wedding, just before the family is ready to head over to the church, Addie sneaks away. She hides in the forest, desperate to get away, and praying to whichever entity will answer her prayer. And, one does. In exchange for her soul, she is granted life. The catch? No one can remember her.
2014, New York City. Addie’s been everywhere in the last 300 years, and experienced many things. Even so, it can get lonely, never being able to make any real connections with people. And then, the book seller remembers her from the day before.
I LOVED this book! Admittedly, it was a very slow start, almost to the point of putting it down. But I’m so glad I kept going. Addie is just one of those characters that will stick around with you for a long time. Recommended for fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life.
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