Reviewed by Grace Smith

Allie Everly is bitter after her mother’s funeral. She painstakingly nursed and cared for her mother and yet, she still passed away from brain cancer. Brokenhearted, Allie is determined not to trust anybody no matter how much generosity they show. When she is shipped off to live with Miss Beatrice Lovell and to be her new “daughter”, Allie doesn’t see the opportunity for what it is: opportunity to heal. Allie retreats into herself and only opens up in her journal, composed of letters to her deceased mother. She’s angry and filled with grief, but when her childhood friend Sam shows up, she gets another opportunity for change.

Allie’s perceptions of people changed throughout the book as she began to heal. She finally began to let her guard down to Sam as she got to know him for who he really was. At first, she remembered all the flaws in Sam and everything that he did that annoyed her. There were some blissful moments where Allie let down her guard and I could truly see how vulnerable she was. Those were the scenes that I fell in love with completely.

With a heavy emphasis on faith, beautiful writing, and a lovely historical setting, Interrupted was a great read. Rachel Coker’s dreamy writing style and sharp characters were were right on point and very different from anything else out there. It was definitely surprising to me. I’ve been an avid reader of Rachel Coker’s blog for months. She is so inspirational and I was hoping that her book would live up to my expectations – and it definitely did.

Rachel is also an avid Christian, so the book is infused with religious themes and references, although Allie does not start out as a religious person. There were some implications concerning faith throughout the book that I didn’t necessarily agree, but I thought that the topic was handled well overall.

Interrupted was definitely character-driven but it worked so well. Allie’s character was extremely flawed and at first unlikable, although my heart warmed to her when I truly began to understand all that she had been through. Sam was strong and loving, always there for Allie even when she wasn’t there for him. Other characters such as Miss Beatrice Lovell also shaped my reading experience and I loved all of Allie’s interactions with those characters. The historical background added some richness to an otherwise decent plot and I found myself devouring the details and settings that Rachel Coker painted in my head.

Rachel Coker’s gorgeous, thoughtful writing added an elegant finish to a faithful book about overcoming grief and finding love when you least expect it.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Grace Soledad is a teenage bibliophile who runs the blog Words Like Silver. She is described as “antisocial” because she constantly has her nose buried in a book or a notebook. When not reading, she can be found dancing, writing, or at the beach. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.