Throwback Thursday is a fun meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk as a way to share reviews of books that are old favorites, as well as books that have finally been read after languishing for a while. For me, they will typically be reviews of my favorite books from before I had a blog! Visit Renee’s blog: It’s Book Talk

 I read In the Quiet back in January before my blog. It left an indelible mark on my heart. Just beautiful!

My Thoughts:

In the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 still, emotive stars to In the Quiet 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 and straight to the huggable books shelf!

How to begin to do justice to a book you know you will never forget? One that is written immaculately, with precision and flow, and more importantly, unwavering sentiment. I finished this book a week ago, and I haven’t let go of this book, or even more so, it hasn’t let go of me. I created a huggable book shelf for books that get under my skin, ones that captivate my heart with deep connection. A Huggable Book is beyond a favorite.

Kate was the mother and narrator, and she had passed away. She had a bird’s-eye view into her family after her death, and she witnessed the aftermath of them trying to pick up the pieces and put themselves back together. In their imperfections and infinite losses, I found these characters to be loveable and remarkable. And the horses! How could I forget the central role that one of my favorite creatures played in the story? Horses are connected to this family, as well as to their immense loss and emotion, and it’s fitting because of how intuitive and feeling horses are.

If you read even one book I’ve loved, let it be this one. If you enjoy stories of families, emotion-filled characters, and smooth writing, READ THIS BOOK.

As an aside, Eliza Henry-Jones was in her early 20s when she wrote In the Quiet, her debut. I am in awe of her talent, her ability to connect, and her skill in describing loss and bereavement. I will read anything she writes.

In the Quiet was a Traveling Sister group read, and books like this are my favorite to read with my sisters. We got to connect, and that’s what this book was all about. 💗
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A moving, sweet and uplifting novel of love, grief and the heartache of letting go, from a wonderful new Australian author.

Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she is able to linger on, watching her three young children and her husband as they come to terms with their life without her on their rural horse property. As the months pass and her children grow, they cope in different ways, drawn closer and pulled apart by their shared loss. And all Cate can do is watch on helplessly, seeing their grief, how much they miss her and how – heartbreakingly – they begin to heal. Gradually unfolding to reveal Cate’s life, her marriage, and the unhappy secret she shared with one of her children, In the Quiet is compelling, simple, tender, true – heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.

Do you have any favorite literary and/or emotional reads? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR