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Quelques jours avant son mariage, Julia reçoit un coup de fil du secrétaire particulier de son père. Comme elle l’avait pressenti, Anthony Walsh – homme d’affaires brillant, mais père distant – ne pourra pas assister à la cérémonie. Pour une fois, Julia reconnaît qu’il a une excuse irréprochable. Il est mort. Julia ne peut s’empêcher de voir là un dernier clin d’œil de son Quelques jours avant son mariage, Julia reçoit un coup de fil du secrétaire particulier de son père. Comme elle l’avait pressenti, Anthony Walsh – homme d’affaires brillant, mais père distant – ne pourra pas assister à la cérémonie. Pour une fois, Julia reconnaît qu’il a une excuse irréprochable. Il est mort. Julia ne peut s’empêcher de voir là un dernier clin d’œil de son père, qui a toujours eu un don très particulier pour disparaître soudainement et faire basculer le cours de sa vie. Le lendemain de l’enterrement, Julia découvre que son père lui réserve une autre surprise. Sans doute le voyage le plus extraordinaire de sa vie… et peut-être pour eux l’occasion de se dire, enfin, toutes les choses qu’ils ne se sont pas dites.


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Quelques jours avant son mariage, Julia reçoit un coup de fil du secrétaire particulier de son père. Comme elle l’avait pressenti, Anthony Walsh – homme d’affaires brillant, mais père distant – ne pourra pas assister à la cérémonie. Pour une fois, Julia reconnaît qu’il a une excuse irréprochable. Il est mort. Julia ne peut s’empêcher de voir là un dernier clin d’œil de son Quelques jours avant son mariage, Julia reçoit un coup de fil du secrétaire particulier de son père. Comme elle l’avait pressenti, Anthony Walsh – homme d’affaires brillant, mais père distant – ne pourra pas assister à la cérémonie. Pour une fois, Julia reconnaît qu’il a une excuse irréprochable. Il est mort. Julia ne peut s’empêcher de voir là un dernier clin d’œil de son père, qui a toujours eu un don très particulier pour disparaître soudainement et faire basculer le cours de sa vie. Le lendemain de l’enterrement, Julia découvre que son père lui réserve une autre surprise. Sans doute le voyage le plus extraordinaire de sa vie… et peut-être pour eux l’occasion de se dire, enfin, toutes les choses qu’ils ne se sont pas dites.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    Everyone wishes for a second chance, more time, a do-over....just a few more days. What if you had the chance of a lifetime to have that wish come true? Julia was just three days away from her wedding when she received a phone call that would change her life forever. However, nothing could prepare her for the greater surprise that came afterward! Thrusting her into a whirlwind of disbelief, travel around the world and ultimately on a quest to find a "ghost" from her past, whatever the final outco Everyone wishes for a second chance, more time, a do-over....just a few more days. What if you had the chance of a lifetime to have that wish come true? Julia was just three days away from her wedding when she received a phone call that would change her life forever. However, nothing could prepare her for the greater surprise that came afterward! Thrusting her into a whirlwind of disbelief, travel around the world and ultimately on a quest to find a "ghost" from her past, whatever the final outcome, Julia's life never would be the same! Marc Levy, the most widely read author in France and world wide best selling author, has created a charming romantic tale that, while it suspends belief, makes you believe in happy endings once again. The prose flows beautifully, the characters are witty, sometimes biting, but in the end you will be fully invested in their story. This reads like a French Rom-Com because that is exactly what it is - and it is an enjoyable one! If you like romance, comedy, Nicholas Sparks, then this is a book for you. 4-Stars Thanks to Netgalley, Marc Levy and Amazon Crossing for my copy of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    This is the kind of book you should approach knowing that it is not meant to change the future of literature. Very simple written, very simple story (even if with a little twist in the ending, but it doesn't really change much of the story) and you know how it is going to end from the very start of the book. But Marc Levy sends a message - a very deep one. The story may be simple, the writing even simpler, but this doesn't change the fact that the message is not simple at all. The relationship bet This is the kind of book you should approach knowing that it is not meant to change the future of literature. Very simple written, very simple story (even if with a little twist in the ending, but it doesn't really change much of the story) and you know how it is going to end from the very start of the book. But Marc Levy sends a message - a very deep one. The story may be simple, the writing even simpler, but this doesn't change the fact that the message is not simple at all. The relationship between parent-child is not simple and he did a good job portraying it. Parents are human beings, therefore they make mistakes. Therefore they have to be understood. That is a difficult task for anyone. Not everyone succeed in it. On the contrary, I'd say that most of the people don't, without even realizing it until they find themselves in the same situation their parents did and sometimes it is too late. As usual, Levy is the writer of second chances and the love story of this book is, in my opinion, charming. In a world in which love has been stigmatized in "relationship's statutes" (that honestly gross me greatly) Tomas and Julia's love is a the same time believable, sweet and magic. So, what about this book? It won't change the history of literature, but it may help you change your life - or at least understand it a little bit more - and it doesn't seem a bad thing to me!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I usually don’t star rate books I don’t finish. But with this one I feel I ought to be warning people, since I found nothing recommendable here. The protagonist is in nonstop whine-bitch-moan mode. I think she’s meant to be at least late 20’s. But as a character her maturity level has to be 14-17. There’s no substance there to redeem this woman-child, to make her remotely interesting. She’s a stereotyped spoiled only kid expecting a big inheritance, though that fact is background info. It doesn’ I usually don’t star rate books I don’t finish. But with this one I feel I ought to be warning people, since I found nothing recommendable here. The protagonist is in nonstop whine-bitch-moan mode. I think she’s meant to be at least late 20’s. But as a character her maturity level has to be 14-17. There’s no substance there to redeem this woman-child, to make her remotely interesting. She’s a stereotyped spoiled only kid expecting a big inheritance, though that fact is background info. It doesn’t seem like the author is painting a dislikable clueless brat. I think we are supposed to like, be interested in, and care about this character. There are no other characters here with any depth or individuality. The sidekick is a an older gay man who seems carelessly torn from the casting pages. I’ve seen on screen, and read, this guy scores of times. He’s so stereotyped as to be almost offensive to a stereotype. But he was the only character whose company I could stand. I found the plot weak, the pace slow. At this point I don’t even need to say “melodrama,” do I? Key circumstance in the novel are deeply unbelievable, as in, not only do I not believe this, but things don’t actually work this way. This would not actually happen, not in this context. It’s like the author is guessing about how some things work because he’s not familiar with how they do, even though the circumstances are commonplace enough. This alone just about drove me nuts. I didn’t expect a great deal here, a simple and enjoyable little story is all I asked of this. Standard caveat: maybe all this gets a lot better and pays off. I bailed around the 1/3 mark. I haven’t even read other reviews. Maybe others found a more palatable and rewarding novel. I’m 0 for 2 this year in the quest for a pretty good light read, and this is my second DNF in not very long. My reading year started out pretty darn good. I need to get back to that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scotchneat

    Writing level at "learn to become a writer at home" quality and the plot twist is rather absurd. I hate it when I accidentally stumble into Harlequin territory. Writing level at "learn to become a writer at home" quality and the plot twist is rather absurd. I hate it when I accidentally stumble into Harlequin territory.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aline

    I read it yesterday night and this morning, as fast as I could. Not beacause I liked it, but because I wanted to get rid of it as fast as I could! Like all Marc Levy's novels, it was full of clichés and of silly romantism. It was really boring until page 300 or so, when a little bit of action came into the story. But, even like that, I didn't enjoyed it much. Anthony Walsh, who was rather funny and ironic in the first pages, becomes really sentimental in the end, which was a real shame, because i I read it yesterday night and this morning, as fast as I could. Not beacause I liked it, but because I wanted to get rid of it as fast as I could! Like all Marc Levy's novels, it was full of clichés and of silly romantism. It was really boring until page 300 or so, when a little bit of action came into the story. But, even like that, I didn't enjoyed it much. Anthony Walsh, who was rather funny and ironic in the first pages, becomes really sentimental in the end, which was a real shame, because it quite didn't fit with the first feeling that we get of him. Stanley was, from my point of view, a mix between George, the gay friend of Julia Roberts in "My best friend wedding" and Marshall Trublood, the gay antiques seller in Martha Grimes' crime novels. As for the other characters, they were too uninteresting to bee talked about!

  6. 4 out of 5

    d.a.v.i.d

    A story about relationships. And about lost opportunities to communicate. Between parent and child. Men and women. Men and men. Women and women. Parent and Parent. At its' core, a very nice love story. By a popular and current French writer. A story about relationships. And about lost opportunities to communicate. Between parent and child. Men and women. Men and men. Women and women. Parent and Parent. At its' core, a very nice love story. By a popular and current French writer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I keep buying Marc Levy's novels because they're nice and cute, nothing more. They're an easy read, they don't required much concentration so are perfect for those times in life when you are more busy than you can handle and need an easy escape. I'll never reread them but I always lend them. This particular one was a fun read, it is full of humour. Suspension of belief is a requirement, if you're not willing to go along with anything out of the ordinary, then don't bother you won't enjoy it. I'm I keep buying Marc Levy's novels because they're nice and cute, nothing more. They're an easy read, they don't required much concentration so are perfect for those times in life when you are more busy than you can handle and need an easy escape. I'll never reread them but I always lend them. This particular one was a fun read, it is full of humour. Suspension of belief is a requirement, if you're not willing to go along with anything out of the ordinary, then don't bother you won't enjoy it. I'm not saying more on that subject cause I don't want to spoil it for those who would like to read it. It has of course a love story, two in fact one of fatherly love and one of a first love. Definitely an enjoyable read, simple, amusing and well written. I recommend for those of you in need of a light read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    A love between a parent and a child can easily get distorted as they both get older. In this story, Julia is estranged from her father, Anthony, and is about to get married when she gets the phone call that he's dead. A few days after the funeral, she receives a large crate and the story begins! It funny, emotional and heartwarming about a father trying to make amends for the wrong he's done. The author writes the story in a way that exposes the past mistakes made by both, Julia and her dad along A love between a parent and a child can easily get distorted as they both get older. In this story, Julia is estranged from her father, Anthony, and is about to get married when she gets the phone call that he's dead. A few days after the funeral, she receives a large crate and the story begins! It funny, emotional and heartwarming about a father trying to make amends for the wrong he's done. The author writes the story in a way that exposes the past mistakes made by both, Julia and her dad along with current errors she may be making. The story is lightweight, it includes a blend of expository and descriptive writing styles, and the humor in the story aligns perfectly without insulting the reader.

  9. 5 out of 5

    miaaa

    As a daughter who actually quite no really close to her father, this book makes me smile, brings back all the good and sad memories in a sweet way. No matter what the situations you're dealing with please call/talk to those you care about and tell them that you love them regardless whatever they've done to you in the past. Hey somehow you've certainly hurts others without even aware about it! Witty and cheerful, especially the killer queen -Stanley- who lives up the story I think it's better than As a daughter who actually quite no really close to her father, this book makes me smile, brings back all the good and sad memories in a sweet way. No matter what the situations you're dealing with please call/talk to those you care about and tell them that you love them regardless whatever they've done to you in the past. Hey somehow you've certainly hurts others without even aware about it! Witty and cheerful, especially the killer queen -Stanley- who lives up the story I think it's better than I've expected at first. Recommended for those who seek for long-lost love and romantic first love :D **** Buku yang asik, terutama karakter Stanley yang menurutku mampu menghidupkan cerita ini agar tetap di jalurnya. Mungkin di satu titik aku akan menyesali satu dari beberapa keputusan yang pernah kubuat dan berharap untuk mengulang kembali roda waktu untuk mengubahnya. Dan saat itu tidak memungkinkan, paling tidak memperbaikinya. Ini yang dilakukan Anthony Walsh, dan dia tidak seorang diri. Di luar caranya yang mungkin tidak biasa, dan melakukan apa yang populer dengan istilah white lies, dengan berusaha memperbaiki kesalahan itu membuat kita juga berdamai sedikit dengan diri kita. Katakanlah apa yang harus dikatakan sebelum semuanya terlambat. ________ Kiriman bu dokter, terima kasih ya :D

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book is all about second chances. Julia is forced to postpone her wedding in order to have her father's funeral. They've been estranged for years. When "he" shows up in her apartment a few days later offering the chance to spend just a few more days together, she accepts hesitantly. The two of them then embark on a trip down memory lane. Julia is forced to remember painful memories about important relationships in her earlier years. She ends up with a chance to reconcile with not just her f This book is all about second chances. Julia is forced to postpone her wedding in order to have her father's funeral. They've been estranged for years. When "he" shows up in her apartment a few days later offering the chance to spend just a few more days together, she accepts hesitantly. The two of them then embark on a trip down memory lane. Julia is forced to remember painful memories about important relationships in her earlier years. She ends up with a chance to reconcile with not just her father. I don't want to say more and ruin the story. This is the second book I've read by Marc Levy and I think he does a marvelous job. I like his characters - they are very normal, yet have incredible experiences.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Kallas

    Cheesy plot✅ No character development✅ Unrealistic and pointless drama✅ Offensive stereotypes✅ Disappointed reader ✅

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    A few days before Julia's wedding she receives bad news, her father died and his funeral will be on the day she's supposed to get married. Julia can only postpone her big moment and after her father's funeral she goes back to work. When she comes home in the evening there's a crate waiting for her. Inside is her father, who's found a way to come back after his death trying to make amends. Julia and her father didn't have a close connection, but they have a week to change this. Julia's father want A few days before Julia's wedding she receives bad news, her father died and his funeral will be on the day she's supposed to get married. Julia can only postpone her big moment and after her father's funeral she goes back to work. When she comes home in the evening there's a crate waiting for her. Inside is her father, who's found a way to come back after his death trying to make amends. Julia and her father didn't have a close connection, but they have a week to change this. Julia's father wants to go on a trip and Julia reluctantly agrees to accompany him. She was supposed to go on her honeymoon and they start their journey by using the tickets to Montreal that were meant for her and her husband-to-be instead of her father. When they are in Canada Julia discovers something about the past, a secret that has been kept from her for years. This shocking news changes the course of their journey completely. They travel from Canada to Europe, where they will start their search. Will these last days with her father make a huge difference in Julia's life? All Those Things We Never Said is an interesting story about complex family relationships. Julia doesn't like her father. She finds his interference annoying and doesn't even fully know how far her father was actually willing to go. My heart ached for everything she lost, but it's not too late for her father to make up for his mistakes. I loved that Marc Levy has chosen that subject for his story. A lot of parents think they know what's best for their children, but they aren't always right and in this case the father tries to reconnect with his daughter before it's too late and they will never see each other again. The result is a fascinating story. Marc Levy writes about secrets, lies and reconciliation in a great compelling way. I love his easy flowing writing style. In his stories anything is possible, which is something I like a lot. His main characters are multilayered and he writes with a warm sense of humor. Some of the topics he addresses are serious, but due to his lighthearted approach his stories don't become too heavy. I enjoyed the exact right balance between crazy twists and turns, deep feelings and clever dialogue. All Those Things We Never Said is a fantastic multi-faceted story with a fabulous fitting ending.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim Phan

    Julia and Thomas fell in love despite the social-economical, geographical, cultural, and linguistical differences. They were separated for 18 years, she thought he was dead, he thought she had a change of heart. When they saw each other again through series of serendipitous events, their love for each other was undeniably strong still, and that passion radiates beyond the pages of this book. This book not only mesmerized the reader's mind, it also awakens the reader's unrealistic fantasies of a Julia and Thomas fell in love despite the social-economical, geographical, cultural, and linguistical differences. They were separated for 18 years, she thought he was dead, he thought she had a change of heart. When they saw each other again through series of serendipitous events, their love for each other was undeniably strong still, and that passion radiates beyond the pages of this book. This book not only mesmerized the reader's mind, it also awakens the reader's unrealistic fantasies of a romantic love. But this book is not only about romantic love, but also the love between a parent and the adult child. Parents have unconditional love for their children, but all those things we never said to each other created a rift between two people that only through death that they were reunited again. Perhaps reading two fiction books in a row would highly be unlikely again, I was glad I chose Marc Levy. This book was entertaining and addicting, although the beginning was just a bit ordinary. Some memorable, translated texts: “It’s funny how we always search for reasons not to love—fear of suffering, fear of abandonment—but the love of life, oh, how much you can take for granted until you realize that, one day, you’re going to lose all of it" "I walked through cities the whole world over, just longing to find the same air you might have breathed. They say that when two people are truly in love, their thoughts are connected, intertwined. I often wondered about that as I laid my head down to sleep at night. I wondered if you were thinking about me while I was thinking about you."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.75 stars Thank you to NetGalley who provided me a free ebook copy for my honest review. First, this book is more than just the relationship between a recently "deceased" father and daughter. One word, Thomas...swoon. The story of Anthony Walsh being dead but brain and memory alive in a robot for 6 days is highly unbelievable in real life, but it makes for a very interesting story line. I enjoyed the writing and hoping for that happy ending. It is a cute, quick read. My only gripe: I believe Anthon 3.75 stars Thank you to NetGalley who provided me a free ebook copy for my honest review. First, this book is more than just the relationship between a recently "deceased" father and daughter. One word, Thomas...swoon. The story of Anthony Walsh being dead but brain and memory alive in a robot for 6 days is highly unbelievable in real life, but it makes for a very interesting story line. I enjoyed the writing and hoping for that happy ending. It is a cute, quick read. My only gripe: I believe Anthony to actually be alive- why on earth would he want to have his daughter believe him to be dead? But, I do get that he will always be with her, just as he always had (without her ever realizing).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rayhana

    a novel about father daughter love. i loved it and enjoyed Levy writing style. but the begining was so boring..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 Stars. When I started reading this, I thought there was going to be a lot of fluff, but it had more substance than I was expecting. Easy summer read. There was a lot of build up which made me feel that the end was abrupt compared to the rest of the book. All in all, I enjoyed it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alice 🌙

    4/5 ⭐️ Aawww this book gave me all the feels!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sue King

    Ultimately charming I had a few quibbles with certain plot devices/characters in this book, but overall it was a charming read. I want Stanley to have his own book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Natassia_trav

    "All Those Things We Never Said" is the title of a novel written by one of the most famous French writers of today, Mark Levy. The book was previously published in French, titled "Toutes ces choses qu'on non s'est pas dites", and in November 2017 it will be published in English. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, AmazonCrossing, who sent it to me in exchange for an objective review, I've read it in a version intended for the UK market. I have to admit that although the author records great su "All Those Things We Never Said" is the title of a novel written by one of the most famous French writers of today, Mark Levy. The book was previously published in French, titled "Toutes ces choses qu'on non s'est pas dites", and in November 2017 it will be published in English. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, AmazonCrossing, who sent it to me in exchange for an objective review, I've read it in a version intended for the UK market. I have to admit that although the author records great successes in the field of his work, so far I have not read any of his works. Given the title, I expected a simple romantic story with somewhat unlucky catheter, but probably a happy ending. In short, a typical love novel, with which I can hardly be delighted with, usually, but I have to put it on my reading list from time to time to let my brain relax. Regardless of expectations, the book still made me surprised. Not particularly positive or negative, just surprised. We meet Julia Walsh in the moment she's choosing her wedding dress, few days before the wedding. From a conversation with her friend Stanley, we find out everything about her, her fiancé Adam, but also about the problems she have with her father Anthony. Just in those moments, Julia gets a call that will change the course of her life, and, of course, spice up the novel. Anthony Walsh once again managed to disappoint his girl and will not be able to attend her wedding. Yet this time his reason is more than justified - Anthony is dead. However, just one day after her father's funeral and postponement of her own wedding, Anthony appears in Julia's apartment. Though shocking and completely unusual, it is an opportunity for at least a few days to get through with what they missed and to say all those things they never said, just as the title says. One long-arrived letter to Julia sends her back in her memories to a moment when she was a young student witnessing the collapse of the Berlin Wall, so, hand in hand with her father she travels from New York to Montreal, Paris and Berlin in search of lost memories and into the embrace of her long lost lover. Although it seems to be a typical love novel, if you choose to take this book into your own hands, it will surely surprise you, as well as it surprised me, how completely unexpected is the way the author manages to shock his readers or even make them laugh. Still, though willing to ignore this fact, given that I have not had too much expectations anyway, I must point out a certain distance between the characters of Julia from the present and the same person in the memories from the past. I could not connect them like a same person to the very end. Although there is a period of 18 years between those two stories, Julia seems to be equally young but also rather mature, while in my opinion, given the flow of time itself and the life that has passed between the two points of view, there must be a much more drastic difference. So, although very interesting, I am still far from delighted, but I admit that this novel is still somewhat different from the usual novels of this genre. If, however, you are interested enough to read this book, after reading my review, you can do it on November 14th this year, when the book will be published by AmazonCrossing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Octabis

    Once again, a great Levy book. The one you read in a couple of hours, the one you want to know the end of it. But you still don't want to read it too quickly, because you don't want to book to end. Without knowing, I read it at the perfect moment : 20th birthday of the Berlin wall fall. A story that brings us from America to Europe, and back and forth. Defintitly to read ! Once again, a great Levy book. The one you read in a couple of hours, the one you want to know the end of it. But you still don't want to read it too quickly, because you don't want to book to end. Without knowing, I read it at the perfect moment : 20th birthday of the Berlin wall fall. A story that brings us from America to Europe, and back and forth. Defintitly to read !

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This book was pure drivel. I skimmed through it quickly. The characters were nothing amazing; mind you I loved the friendship between Julia and Stanley. However, the explanation for Julia's father being around was absolutely ludicrous! All I kept thinking was "Give me a break!" and "She is so stupid!" I don't recommend this book to anyone. Skip it. This book was pure drivel. I skimmed through it quickly. The characters were nothing amazing; mind you I loved the friendship between Julia and Stanley. However, the explanation for Julia's father being around was absolutely ludicrous! All I kept thinking was "Give me a break!" and "She is so stupid!" I don't recommend this book to anyone. Skip it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Liana

    These are, quite frankly, the dumbest, most weak-minded characters ever created. I have no sympathy for them because they just say and do incredibly stupid things. In addition to this, Levy devised their responses and reactions as completely unbelievable within the context of the story and true human interaction. I liked PS From Paris, but this is a total miss.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carmina Valdizán

    This is a wonderful, simple, and yet profound book! After finished Irène by Pierre Lemaitre, I was looking for a book that will relax my mind (that’s another great book, but deeply disturbing), and I decided to gave this book a chance, it was the perfect choice. Coincidentally by another French writer. This is a book about second chances.

  24. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    Loved this book! There was an early piece of the story that is very outside my realm of thinking, but I stuck with it and LOVED it! There was a fun twist at the end and I will surely be reading more by Marc Levy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joy Cagil

    Not bad but not good, also. I know this author is well-liked in France; however I couldn’t wrap my mind around this novel. It isn’t science fiction but it has elements in it from science fiction, and from recent history, and from reality. Now, this combination could prove to be a success, maybe from a different pen, but this one’s credibility became far out for me, especially the plot twist at the end. In the beginning, the story started out all right, with the main character Julia, her boyfrien Not bad but not good, also. I know this author is well-liked in France; however I couldn’t wrap my mind around this novel. It isn’t science fiction but it has elements in it from science fiction, and from recent history, and from reality. Now, this combination could prove to be a success, maybe from a different pen, but this one’s credibility became far out for me, especially the plot twist at the end. In the beginning, the story started out all right, with the main character Julia, her boyfriend, her best friend, and her impasse with her father. Later, however, the father came back from the dead in some kind of an android form, yet, looking exactly like Julia’s father to fool everyone and talk, walk, reason, and feel emotions like a real person. This was a bit too much for me, only because just about everything else in the story was real and explainable. Still, I kept on reading, not expecting the concoction that came after. In the story, Julia Walsh is about to marry Adam, but couple of days before her wedding, she receives word that her estranged father Anthony Walsh has died and the funeral is set to be on her wedding day. With the wedding postponed, she attends the funeral instead. Soon afterward, a large crate is delivered to her apartment and from in it emerges the replica of her dead father android who is battery operated. The rest of the story concentrates on the father and daughter arguing out, seeing more deeply into and getting to know each other. This Anthony Walsh tells his daughter that he was a shareholder in a high-tech company and his memory banks are installed in his android form; however, as a machine, his lifespan is limited to six days. While doing that, the two delve into Julia’s past via a trip to Germany where Julia’s true love was and where she had met and fell in love with a German journalist from East Germany by the name of Thomas just around when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. As to the characters, The way the main character handles her boyfriend, her long-ago lover, and her father didn’t endear her to me. Frankly Julia’s only working and believable relationship is probably with her best friend, a gay man by the name of Stanley. Even from him, she kept things and even lied to him. I didn’t like the father either, in real or android form. I thought both father and daughter were selfish, brash, and arrogant. Also, what I never understood was how did this father who neglected and misunderstood the daughter to such a degree could know that Adam was not the love of her life, but he had to maneuver her to finding Thomas again. While I read this novel, as Julia thought Thomas was killed in Afghanistan, I wondered if he would end up being an undead android like the father since the father was pulling all the ropes to steer Julia away from poor Adam, but it seems, Julia’s information was faulty, and Thomas ended up alive but with a name change. Funny, I thought, one important character in this protagonist’s life ended up becoming an android and the other important one went through a name change. More than anything, at its beginning, the novel promised to its readers to focus on the relationship through soul-searching and those things the father and daughter were meant to come to terms with. The book, in my opinion, hasn’t lived up to that promise. Still, at the end, there were many things left unsaid. On the plus side, the action inside the plot moves well and fast enough.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Thanks to Netgalley and AmazonCrossing for allowing me access to this book. I found this book to be a solid 3.5 to 4 star quality throughout but oh boy the ending I would easily rate 5 stars with the amount of emotion and pulling at the heartstrings it causes, it nearly brought me to tears which is rarely achieved by any book. So in my view it's a great book if it can do all this, I just wish it did this in the whole book then I would have instantly rated it 5 stars. As many other reviewers have Thanks to Netgalley and AmazonCrossing for allowing me access to this book. I found this book to be a solid 3.5 to 4 star quality throughout but oh boy the ending I would easily rate 5 stars with the amount of emotion and pulling at the heartstrings it causes, it nearly brought me to tears which is rarely achieved by any book. So in my view it's a great book if it can do all this, I just wish it did this in the whole book then I would have instantly rated it 5 stars. As many other reviewers have said, this book may not change literature drastically but it will cause the reader to think about their good or bad relationships with their fathers which may help ease any pain caused by bad ones or appreciate the good ones. This is due to portraying of the relationship between Julia and her father Anthony which is best described as fragile which is extremely hard to do and even harder to make it feel realistic. Feel worth a read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    This is an intriguing novel about different forms of love and relationships – father/daughter, parent/child, friends, romantic love and first love. It’s a rather different plot that weaves around Julia, a young woman, with looks at her past and present relationships starting on what is supposed to be her wedding day but is instead her father’s funeral. After receiving an unexpected package from her father, she is sent on a journey of retrospection and understanding.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kris Mayer

    Julia is lumbering towards a marriage that she doesn't seem that enthusiastic about. The event gets sidelined by the death of her Father with whom she has a distant relationship. After his death, an opportunity comes along for her to review some of the events from the past and gain more perspective and understanding of her Father. It took a while to get going- but it was quite a good read. I quite enjoyed the story and gained a better understanding of the characters as the book developed. Worth a l Julia is lumbering towards a marriage that she doesn't seem that enthusiastic about. The event gets sidelined by the death of her Father with whom she has a distant relationship. After his death, an opportunity comes along for her to review some of the events from the past and gain more perspective and understanding of her Father. It took a while to get going- but it was quite a good read. I quite enjoyed the story and gained a better understanding of the characters as the book developed. Worth a look. Thank you to Netgalley and Goodreads for the chance to read and review this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Millien

    I started this right before finding out my dad wasn’t doing too well and finished a few months after he passed. The concept of things never said are showcased in so many different ways through different types of relationships in this novel. Makes one think about all the things you’ve never said for sure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hall-Duenez

    We all wish we had a few more days with someone we loved after they’ve left us. Julia gets just that chance in this sweet story. A few more conversations with a father she felt wasn’t very present in life. This was a first for me by Mark Levy and I really enjoyed listening to it. I think Patrick would of liked me reading a French author. ❤️🙏🌵

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