[Epub] ➤ The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. ➥ Nichole Bernier – Thomashillier.co.uk

10 thoughts on “The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

  1. says:

    Nichole Bernier reminds one in finely wrought, clear, solid, turn the page prose that in motherhood, in friendship, in marriage, there are no easy answers None of us have one side we are instead faceted prisms, showing a side here, a side there and when we are lucky, w...

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    I admit it I am a journal junkie Any time notes or diaries appear in novels, I m hooked They offer a depth of characterization a window into the private parts of the soul that just makes for good reading So, yes, I enjoyed the epistolary aspects of this novel journals are essentially letters to self, right Best friend Kate is entrusted with Elizabeth s journals as part of the conditions of Elizabeth s will The story made me wonder what would I do if my best friend died, entrusting her innermost thoughts to me would I read them Store them Would I share them with my friend s grieving family What if they held incriminating evidence that revealed a very different reality than a life publicly lived Throughout the novel, pastry chef and mom Kate struggles with these very questions and learns a great deal about herself in the process A thought provoking tale, the novel accurately portrays the dangerous rut that marriages can face when complacency becomes commonplace as well as the value of personal space, and the secrets we keep from those we love The novel begs the question can we ever really know someone The key message, though, I think lies in one of Bernier s final passages You could not take a single day or night for granted Within every hour, every plane ride, or every routine doctor s appointment was the spark of possibility, the thing that would become your undoing And how y...

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    Although I read this book before attending Booktopia in Manchester, Vermont this past weekend, I hadn t gotten around to this Goodreads rating I loved the author, Nichole Bernier, who was present at the weekend, and I appreciate learning about her writing and her journey.While I enjoyed the journals, and the stories left by Elizabeth to Kate, 2 things stood out for me as life lessons, and very worthy of discussion One, the intensity involved in grieving the loss of a friend, and two, the fact that sometimes we don t really know what another is going through in life, and we should never judge The first is something I ve not thought a lot aboutthere are many, many, books and articles written about grief upon losing one s parents, spouses, childrenbut not a lot written about the loss of a frie...

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    This debut novel had been hailed as THE book club book of the year , so I was quick off the mark to order it in the week of its publication Well, I am glad I read it before suggesting it to my book club because in my opinion there isn t much in the book at all that seems worth discussing to me, or at least you don t need to read a book to stimulate a discussion on the career vs children dilemma for mothers, the work a marital relationship requires and that people are not always 100% honest with you, even if you consider them good enough friends Hardly newsworthy or thought provoking stuff, and when 200 pages into the book there was stil...

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    This is a amazing novel of two women, Kate and Elizabeth We are introduced to the character of Elizabeth only after her death in a tragic accident Kate, who was a good friend of Elizabeth, inherits an old truck of journals that have all been written by Elizabeth before her death These journals contain her deepest secrets, hopes, wishes and regrets.Tragically, Elizabeth has left behind a husband and three small children Kate, who tries to be both confident and competent in her role of mother and wife, also feels the strain of keeping her family safe when she does not know where that is any longer What makes this book such a compelling read is that the characters all seem to be people we can relate to in our own lives Plus, we are also getting a chance to read Elizabeth s journals of her private thoughts right along with Kate This is essentially a book of the diff...

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    Every so often a book is written that strikes a cord and resonates deeply and on many levels This is definitely one of them.The two reviews I struggle with the most are of the books that move me and the books I really hated The latter is difficult because I struggle to write something that negates an author s work The former is difficult because I lack the words to articulate the emotions evoked It is the culmination of adjectives, writing style, story, and subject matter that, disaggregated, is less than whole.The protagonist can be Elizabeth or Kate The truth is that the reader can identify so closely with both women that if she reflects enough on the ideas, the protagonist could be herself As Kate reads the journals of her recently passed friend, she identifies with much of Elizabeth s emotions, insecurities, and unpredictability of the world around her At the same time, the journals reflect a different woman than Kate knew Elizabeth showed a persona she wanted to be known but the real Elizabeth was much complicated, insecure, wounded, and uncertain Kate finds that the better she knows Elizabeth through her journals, the she is compelled to face her own insecurities and secrets One of the things I loved about the book is the way Nichole develops the story Rather than relying on a shocking and unbelievable story line, she methodically uses the environment ...

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    I think I ve hit the book jackpot two books in a row that were five stars Based on Books on the Nightstand s recommendation, I downloaded The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D to my nook for vacation reading I absolutely couldn t put this book down I found myself reading it on my iPhone while at a Vince Gill concert at the Ryman Auditorium during intermission not the concert , on line for roller coasters at Dollywood, at the breakfast, lunch, and dinner tables, in the car, and pretty much any time someone was pulling at me for my attention As the book begins readers meet Kate, a 30 something mother of two small children She and her husband are on their way to vacation on an island off the coast of New England and make a quick stop off in their old neighborhood to pick up a truck of journals, belonging to Kate s friend and neighbor Elizabeth In her will Elizabeth left the journals to Kate, confusing Kate by the bequest Readers are first introduced to Elizabeth through Kate s eyes, and then they quickly meet Elizabeth The complexity of character development and the writer s craft make this novel a true gem Bernier s writing is simplistically beautiful I found myself stopping to reread sentences and read sentences aloud to whomever happened to be near me at that point in time I ve read a nu...

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    I had a chance to read an advance copy of this wonderful book and I highly recommend it It s the story of two women, of the friendship they shared and of the lives they never could share It s the story of the ways in which we do know and cannot know the people to whom we are closest Nichole Bernier is an insightful, sensitive, truthful writer and she also knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat This book is good company, it is wise, it is at moments f...

  9. says:

    This may be the book club book of 2012 Well written, with so many layers Can t wait to talk about this book with my closest girlfriends.

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    Sometimes I just want a light beach read, something I can escape into without having to think too much about it Other times, I want something that I think about when I m not reading it This is one of those books.The story is about best friends Kate and Elizabeth Elizabeth died in a plane crash last year and left her journals,which date back to childhood, to Kate She said that Kate would know what to do with them after she read them Unsurprisingly, Elizabeth s husband is not thrilled with this decision.Kate and her family spend the summer at the beach, where she takes the journals to read What she discovers in the journals is that her friend was a very different person who was shaped by a troubled childhood The evolution of Elizabeth s personality, including her impressions of Kate, of her marriage, and of parenthood, are a startling contrast to the person Kate knew.This book showcases so many truths about marriage, about friendships, and from what I can tell, about parenthood How well can you really know another person We all have things that we hide from other people, sometimes even from ourselves.How often do we expect people to pick up on what we re NOT saying and then become disappointed in them when it doesn t happen Is that a defect on our part or on theirs Who suffers when we don t tell people our expectations and then judge them for not meeting them I m not a feminist, but I do see that raising children still seems to fall to the female of the species I have watc...

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The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. Before There Were Blogs, There Were Journals And In Them We D Write As We Really Were, Not As We Wanted To Appear But There Comes A Day When Journals Outlive Us And With Them, Our Secrets Summer Vacation On Great Rock Island Was Supposed To Be A Restorative Time For Kate, Who D Lost Her Close Friend Elizabeth In A Sudden Accident But When She Inherits A Trunk Of Elizabeth S Journals, They Reveal A Woman Far Different Than The Cheerful Wife And Mother Kate Thought She Knew The Complicated Portrait Of Elizabeth Her Troubled Upbringing, And Her Route To Marriage And Motherhood Makes Kate Question Not Just Their Friendship, But Her Own Deepest Beliefs About Loyalty And Honesty At A Period Of Uncertainty In Her Own Marriage When An Unfamiliar Man S Name Appears In The Pages, Kate Realizes The Extent Of What She Didn T Know About Her Friend, Including Where She Was Really Going On The Day She Died The Kate Reads, The She Learns The Complicated Truth Of Who Elizabeth Really Was, And Rethinks Her Own Choices As A Wife, Mother, And Professional, And The Legacy She Herself Would Want To Leave Behind Now With Extra Libris Material, Including A Reader S Guide And Bonus Content

  • ebook
  • 326 pages
  • The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
  • Nichole Bernier
  • English
  • 25 July 2019
  • 9780307887818

About the Author: Nichole Bernier

Nichole Bernier is author of the novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D, and has written articles and essays for publications including Psychology Today, Elle, Health, Redbook, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Millions, and Post Road literary magazine A 14 year contributing editor for Conde Nast Traveler, she was previously on staff as the magazine s golf and ski editor and columnist She is one