by Lou Aronica
Reviewers have called Lou Aronica’s novel BLUE “compelling,” “beautifully written,” “a story to remember and cherish,” and “one of those books that everyone should find a moment to read.” Readers have said it was “a great inspiration,” “I’ve never been more moved or inspired,” and “one of the best books I’ve read.”
Now comes this prequel novella, a short work that provides the essential story behind the story. UNTIL AGAIN tells of a decidedly real-world event: the final weekend in the breakup of a marriage. For Chris Astor, the divorce is not something he wants, primarily because of the distance it will put between his ten-year-old daughter Becky and himself.
Juxtaposed against this is a critical event in Tamarisk, the bedtime-story fantasy world that Chris and Becky created when Becky was much younger. Miea, the university-age princess of Tamarisk fears that her world has become a terribly dangerous place...but she could not possibly have imagined where that danger will lead her and the people she loves.
These parallel stories converge, in a most unusual way, in a tale of change and new tomorrows. A powerful revelation for those who have read BLUE, and an emotionally charged introduction to these deeply relatable characters for those who haven’t, UNTIL AGAIN is a warm, engaging, and bittersweet work that promises to speak to your heart. (Goodreads)
This is a prequel to Blue, which I reviewed at the beginning of the year. Really enjoyed Blue and it was such a powerful story that it brought tears to my eyes. You can see my review here if interested.
This novella gives us a little background on Chris and Polly's split, and some insight into why Becky is so angry. We also learn more about Meia, who is at university during this period.
As it's a novella, it's a quick read at only 85 pages. I'm not sure if this should be read before or after Blue. As I had already read the book, this filled in some background for me. I think that if I had read this one first, it might have made the full length story a little more well rounded. Either way, it's a good story.
This time around, I found myself more captivated by Meia's story. I enjoyed seeing her before she became queen, and learning more about her relationship with her parents. Still don't care for Polly, Becky's mother. I never got a feel for why she wanted the divorce, as Chris was more sympathetic in this one. Maybe I missed something, but she came off as a real witch.
All in all, this is a nice companion to Blue.