From the outside

When internet millionaire and philanthropist Harry Melville dies in a car crash at the age of forty four, the lives of his wife, Sarah, and twin brother, Ben, are thrown into turmoil.

Harry seemed to have it all; a close-knit family and a happy marriage – along with all the trappings of wealth. Yet as he recalls his past from the afterlife, a story emerges of the unspoken and bitter jealousies between brothers and of an unhappy wife burdened by loneliness and guilt.

When Ben takes over the running of Harry’s charity foundation he begins to find purpose for the first time in years. But the arrival of a talented young artist brings a series of revelations that expose Harry’s complex and dual personality in full. As he learns his part in the suffering of those he left behind, is it too late for Harry to make amends?

A tale of regret and redemption in this world and the next. From the Outside looks at the futile rivalries that can destroy sibling relationships and the lost opportunity for happiness when ego is allowed to reign over emotion.

Review From the outside by Fany Van Hemelen:
A poignant an emotional fiction story that make you think about the value of life and second chances!

When Harry dies in a car crash he is watching his beloved ones coping with the tragedy. Soon he realises himself that he didn’t act as an angel. It is hard to be confronted with your dark side and knowing you could have done things better and now you can’t undo it. His brother Ben, his wife Sarah, his partners at his project and his parents all have to go living without him. From the beginning he discovers unexpected things and finally see, now when he is dead, his own part of events.

Ben is the brother full surprises after Harry’s dead and Sarah is the wife he maybe didn’t deserve. Both have to move on and between mourning the whole family has to reunite and finding their way to go on and start afresh.

From the outside the philanthropist is dealing with guilt and pain from what could have been different. In the real life his beloved ones are experiencing sad times and they have to find the courage to remember the good memories and forget the horrible ones. By grief new possibilities grow and even it is incredibly hard, Harry has to have faith and trust in the new way things are developing.

Even this is a fiction novel it shares the most important stuff about self-coincidence, trust and a broken family. An important message is beautifully woven into this story and I can’t give it away, but after I closed this book I was thinking about it by myself.

I loved this well-written slowly told story from a special point of view with depth and a spiritual meaning.

Clare Johnston is a journalist and content specialist, and a frequent contributor on radio and TV, having appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The Kaye Adams Programme and comedy satire show Breaking the News on BBC Radio Scotland, along with STV2’s Live at Five. She is a former editorial director of Press Association Scotland and commercial editor and columnist with the Daily Record. She is currently working with the DC Thomson media group and supports businesses with communication and content creation. Clare is based in Edinburgh.

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Titel: From the outside | Leesfragment | Auteur: Clare Johnston | Uitgeverij: Urbane Publications | Categorie: Romans | Uitvoering: paperback | 304 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781912666317 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: juli 2019 | Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 13-07-2019 | Prijs: €10,25 | Bestellen