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Ivy and Abe

Ivy and Abe – Elizabeth Enfield

Ever wondered if two people are meant to be? Ever wondered if them being meant to be depends on where they are in life, what their ages are? Where they’re living? Well, you should probs check this out.

Two people. One love story. A million possibilities.
They’re soulmates.
Ivy and Abe were inseparable as children until an accident tore them apart. Several decades later, when both are in their seventies, a chance encounter reunites them. But time is not on their side.
What if they’d met in a different time and place? 
In another life, Ivy and Abe meet in their forties, when both are married already. Unable to resist the attraction between them, they embark on a passionate affair. 
In yet another, they marry young, with a bright future ahead of them – only for a dark shadow to threaten their happiness.
Throughout various incarnations of their lives, they come together and go their separate ways, fall in and out of love, make or break promises. 
In every universe, Ivy and Abe are meant to meet. But are they meant to be? 

I’ll be honest, I mostly picked this up because the cover is super cute and the premise sounded interesting – I’ve got a weird fascination with the idea of fate and things being destined. The idea of soul mates is one that intregues me and who doesn’t love seeing people, friends or otherwise, that just seem to fit together, like two pieces of the same puzzle. So, I grabbed this.

This was super cute, Ivy and Abe were just so adorable but I did struggle with the layout of this in places, because this visits the same characters in a multitude of different circumstances and at different ages. The first introduction was my favourite – but it did get old very quickly, I really liked the concept of the book but I did start to struggle by the half way mark. The repetitiveness just got a bit much for me.

Ivy and Abe is told through a series of short stories which visits different versions of them in different circumstances, putting them together and exploring the idea of them being meant to be. I loved the characters, Ivy and Abe were both amazing and I loved how they interacted with each other and it was nice reading about people older than 18 for once! I do get stuck in a YA rut from time to time! I think this would be the perfect holiday read, especially if you’re on a beach because each segment is so short and sweet it doesn’t matter if you get distracted, you can easily finish off one version of their lives without losing the thread too much. I just found for me, the individual chapters were a little too short, I wanted more from everyone!

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