A Jolt to the Heart

A Jolt to the Heart Set against the backdrop of a city in turmoil during a series of devastating earthquakes the drama of destructive aftershocks post traumatic stress and the strains of trying to rebuild lives and fi

  • Title: A Jolt to the Heart
  • Author: Felicity Price
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Set against the backdrop of a city in turmoil during a series of devastating earthquakes, the drama of destructive aftershocks, post traumatic stress, and the strains of trying to rebuild lives and find a new normal for everyday existence, A Jolt to the Heart reveals the remarkable resilience of people under pressure and the enduring power of love to overcome the odds WheSet against the backdrop of a city in turmoil during a series of devastating earthquakes, the drama of destructive aftershocks, post traumatic stress, and the strains of trying to rebuild lives and find a new normal for everyday existence, A Jolt to the Heart reveals the remarkable resilience of people under pressure and the enduring power of love to overcome the odds When one of the world s most destructive earthquakes hit Christchurch in February 2011, Ellie Le Lievre s world crumbled along with thousands of homes and most of the city s CBD When the dust cloud cleared, one of the many dead was her husband, the popular blogger Max Maguire But at the funeral wake, Max s best mate Lew Hastings finds that the flame for Ellie he had managed to smother for over forty years is being rekindled Trouble is, he still can t help upsetting her almost every time he opens his mouth and, like a lot of people living with the daily aftershocks, he s turned to the booze for comfort Besides, there s a deeper reason for Ellie s dislike a reason the two former lovers have both tried to forget Meanwhile, Ellie s beloved cat is still missing and Max s dog is pining for his master Amid the drama of destructive aftershocks, post traumatic stress, and the strains of trying to find a new normal for everyday life, A Jolt to the Heart reveals the remarkable resilience of people under pressure and the enduring power of love to overcome the odds Previous reviews of Felicity s books a rollicking good read Sunday Star Times Price is a gifted writer NZ Herald Price is a stylish action writer who has turned in a polished and entertaining performance NZ Listener A rollicking read by a talented storyteller The Christchurch Press I must confess I read it in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it North and South

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    1. A Jolt to the Heart is a thoughtful look into the lives of Ellie and Lew, their families and friends, after the tragic death of Ellie's husband Max in an earthquake. The new reality that they all face, but especially Ellie, paints a realistic picture of the spread of emotions that linger in the wake of the aftermath. The anger, heartache, loneliness, and guilt are all explored and poignantly expressed with honest delicacy. Though Max, as a flesh and bone character, is not present in the prose, h [...]

    2. This book came as a recommendation to me from an author I love. I really had no idea what to expect but it ended up being really enjoyable. I did have a hard time with Ellie as I found her character unlikable for the first half of the book. She did end up growing on me though. This was a really remarkable story about healing after a tragedy and I would recommend it to others. Thank you for the recommendation :)

    3. Loved this novel by the very talented Felicity Price. It is very nicely crafted and extremely human, being populated with very believable and engaging characters. The story captures the angsts and complexities of Christchurch after the big quakes and during the seemingly endless series of significant aftershocks--as well as the complex human relationships. And it has just the right ending.

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