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The Ends of the Earth

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The set up of this book ticks so many of my boxes - a love story, yes, but wrapped in a mystery. Abbie is an genius at laying bare her characters’ interior, emotional selves while also keeping us reading via a cracking plot.
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I enjoyed this book. I found the characters believable and the book bought out lots of emotions. Thank you to Netgalley and the author and publishers for the privilege of reading this book for my honest opinion
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I found it quite hard to get into at first. I think this is a book you have to be in the right frame of mind to read as it discusses depression quite alot but in general its good. Very emotional at the end so have tissues ready.
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I would like to extend my gratitude to NetGalley for giving me this advanced readers’ copy in exchange for an honest and frank review.

This book was an easy read. It was a happy story following Abbie in her quest for love. It was funny in places too. I can’t really have much to say about it as it was just ok.
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A sweet story but I couldn't get on with the main character so this wasn't for me but I'm not surprised so many people have enjoyed it!
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I was given a copy of The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Mary visits Ealing Station at the same time everyday hoping a sign up for her partner Jim who disappeared 7 years ago. When a video goes viral of her, Alice, a reporter, picks up the story. I really enjoyed the book, with a difficult subject of men's depression. A very well written book.
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Really nice relaxing read, great for the summer holidays. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me access an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback.
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This isn’t just a love story albeit beautifully told but a foray into men’s mental health, again sympathetically portrayed.  I liked the different time lines with the mix of 13 years previously when Mary met Jim and the current situation of how she is living without him for the past seven years.  The other characters in the book, Ted, Alice and Kit creep up on you and find a way into your heart.  This book was an easy read with a well balanced pace.
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All in ome, both heartbreaking and heartwarming this is a beautiful story of love, friendships, compassion and relationships. A portrayal of life lived with severe depression, the interaction of others and yourself and what some need to do in order to protect others while at the same time looking at those left behind and their love and inability to accept some situations. 

Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love for the past seven years.

Every evening without fail, Mary arrives at Ealing Broadway station and sets herself up among the commuters. In her hands, Mary holds a sign which bears the words: ‘Come Home Jim.’

A search for the truth of 'missing person' Jim, where is he and what happened to I'm? Mary meets some new friends who join her quest but the end is not all that it seems, though wasn't what I had expected either.

This is really well written, it has great, strong characters who are relatable and who I felt I knew well. I really enjoyed the whole book, which also has a great ending.
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I love the premise of this story- who was Jim? Why did he disappear? Will he come back to Mary?
The start of the book really hooked me in, I liked Mary straight away and could visualise her life so vividly and felt her pain of longing for Jim.
The timeline of the start of their relationship was necessary, but I soon got frustrated and wanted to read about Mary's current predicament more. The addition of Alice the journalist was a great medium to tell their story and I wished there was more of her to keep me interested.
The ending will definitely divide readers, and while I feel it needs to be discussed, I am undecided whether I think it was the correct one. Don't want to say any more in case of spoilers!
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Quite a slow start, pace improved as novel progressed.
Enjoyed it in a gentle way, still not convinced that Mary would stand outside a station holding notice for seven years..
Mary has had a tough life helping to support her family and with a failed relationship in her past. She is swept off her feet by Jim, a successful surgeon and they set up home together in London, blissfully in love. Jim is supportive of Mary in her career but she is never fully acccepted by his friends and family. When Jim starts to be secretive they have a confrontation after which Jim disappears. Mary struggles through a difficult situation and becomes a volunteer with nightline.
What really happened to jim? Her new friend Alice is determined to find out.
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This book was not what I was expecting, it was a tough read at times, with themes of loss and mental health issues. It was very slow, and I struggled to get into it. 
This may have been more to do with my own mood at the time of reading, having struggled with endless lockdowns.  Not a good choice for me, I’m sorry to say.
My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance copy of this title.
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An absorbing and very moving tale of love, loss and relationships. This is an emotional page turner which I couldn't put down as I was so vested in the main characters. It keeps you guessing until the very end about what's going to happen.
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This is a story about love and acceptance. Its such a thoughtful book that will tear at your heartstrings. The story alternates between two different timelines to make you understand the true love story. It was a bit of a slow paced book but I still liked it.
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This book is the ultimate story of denial. Denial of what, I won’t reveal, but there is a twist near the end that will make your heart break for Mary, as well as making you want to shake her awake.

Greaves has created well-rounded and likeable characters. She writes sensitively about topics that will resonate with many people; missing persons, lost love, mental health battles (particularly, men’s mental health).

I could see myself in Mary and I think that’s why I really identified with her. Just as I would get frustrated at myself, I got annoyed at her. I felt like I’d healed after reading this book. It didn’t leave me open and raw, but stitched up some wounds.

“You are so much more than a woman with a sign.”

This is a dual timeline story. The past features Mary and Jim’s relationship and the present day is where we see how drastically Mary’s life has changed.

I liked how this book is about lost love, but most of the plot actually revolves around friendship and the aspects of love that brings into our lives. Through her friends, especially Alice, Mary reassesses the truth of her past relationships, as well as questioning herself. The story ends on an optimistic note and I would actually love to read a sequel.
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a great read, characters were brill loved the way they entwined each other like friends. Great easy read, i was gripped and read very quickly.
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Ohhh my heart! The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves took me on such a roller coaster of emotions. Full of the most heartwarming highs and the most devastating lows, with an added element of mystery, it looks at what it is to fall madly in love, mental health (particularly in men) and, the million dollar question – what on Earth happened to Jim??!

What a beautifully written and poignant book. We join Mary seven years after Jim’s disappearance, and I found it totally heartbreaking how completely her grief at such a loss had consumed her life. It felt as though she had wanted to freeze time, her shifts at night line and vigils at Ealing Broadway giving her pretty much the only reasons to get up and leave the house each day.

Alice and Kit eventually get on board to help out with the search, and I absolutely loved their secret road trip to search for Jim. Their chapters provided some much needed light relief, and some real laugh-out-loud moments.

The ending brought tears to my eyes, and though it wasn’t completely unexpected, it was certainly totally fitting and, I thought, absolutely perfect.

With thanks to Century for gifting me a digital copy to review.
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Loss and hope are the key themes in this novel from Abbie Greaves, author of The Silent Treatment. Whilst it was a good book, it didn't have that 'astounding' feeling that her previous publication has. The storyline was interesting and the characters well written but it wasn't unique enough.
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What a really lovely easy read, a great story with great charecters you can't help but love, all came together to a fab conclusion, loved it
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This made me feel SO much! Abbie Greaves is back with a heartwarming tale proving how love always lives on :)
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