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“A stylish and confident new voice—readers are going to love discovering Abbie Greaves.” —Louise Candlish, internationally bestselling author of Our House and Those People A poignant and thrilling love story about one woman’s decade-long search to reconnect with the love of her life who disappeared without a trace—a stirring and heartfelt page-turner from the critically acc “A stylish and confident new voice—readers are going to love discovering Abbie Greaves.” —Louise Candlish, internationally bestselling author of Our House and Those People A poignant and thrilling love story about one woman’s decade-long search to reconnect with the love of her life who disappeared without a trace—a stirring and heartfelt page-turner from the critically acclaimed author of The Silent Treatment. The straphangers of Ealing Broadway station are familiar with Mary O’Connor, the woman who appears every day to watch the droves of busy commuters. But Mary never asks anything from anyone. She only holds out a sign bearing a heartrending message: Come Home Jim. While others pass her by without a thought, Alice, a junior reporter at the Ealing Bugle, asks Mary to tell her story. Many years ago, Mary met the charming and romantic Jim Whitnell. She was certain she’d found her other half, until one day he vanished without any explanation. But Mary believes that Jim isn’t a cad, that he truly loved her and will return—especially because she’s recently received grainy phone calls from him saying he misses her. Touched but also suspicious, Alice quietly begins her own investigation into Jim’s disappearance, unraveling a decade-long story filled with desire, heartbreak, and hope. With Greaves’s signature warmth and charm, Anywhere for You is a romantic and immensely moving novel about the enduring power of love and finding happiness in unexpected places.


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“A stylish and confident new voice—readers are going to love discovering Abbie Greaves.” —Louise Candlish, internationally bestselling author of Our House and Those People A poignant and thrilling love story about one woman’s decade-long search to reconnect with the love of her life who disappeared without a trace—a stirring and heartfelt page-turner from the critically acc “A stylish and confident new voice—readers are going to love discovering Abbie Greaves.” —Louise Candlish, internationally bestselling author of Our House and Those People A poignant and thrilling love story about one woman’s decade-long search to reconnect with the love of her life who disappeared without a trace—a stirring and heartfelt page-turner from the critically acclaimed author of The Silent Treatment. The straphangers of Ealing Broadway station are familiar with Mary O’Connor, the woman who appears every day to watch the droves of busy commuters. But Mary never asks anything from anyone. She only holds out a sign bearing a heartrending message: Come Home Jim. While others pass her by without a thought, Alice, a junior reporter at the Ealing Bugle, asks Mary to tell her story. Many years ago, Mary met the charming and romantic Jim Whitnell. She was certain she’d found her other half, until one day he vanished without any explanation. But Mary believes that Jim isn’t a cad, that he truly loved her and will return—especially because she’s recently received grainy phone calls from him saying he misses her. Touched but also suspicious, Alice quietly begins her own investigation into Jim’s disappearance, unraveling a decade-long story filled with desire, heartbreak, and hope. With Greaves’s signature warmth and charm, Anywhere for You is a romantic and immensely moving novel about the enduring power of love and finding happiness in unexpected places.

30 review for Anywhere for You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for Jim Whitney for seven years and she’ll go to the ends of the earth to find him and bring him home. The story goes backwards and forwards from 2005 to their meeting in Belfast to London, especially Ealing in 2018. This is a heartbreaking story of love, acceptance but wrapped in a mystery that evolves and unfolds well. Mary is a lovely character, you feel her love, her desperation and sadness and her need for self preservation and it tears at your heartst Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for Jim Whitney for seven years and she’ll go to the ends of the earth to find him and bring him home. The story goes backwards and forwards from 2005 to their meeting in Belfast to London, especially Ealing in 2018. This is a heartbreaking story of love, acceptance but wrapped in a mystery that evolves and unfolds well. Mary is a lovely character, you feel her love, her desperation and sadness and her need for self preservation and it tears at your heartstrings. This is a thoughtful novel that covers some relevant issues, it’s well written with a good premise and a well executed plot line. I like the friendship angle and how that can be a very powerful thing which can help give you a second chance. Through her friends, especially Alice, Mary reassesses the truth of her relationship with Jim which becomes a very positive thing. The story ends on an optimistic note which I like. Overall, this is an enjoyable read which makes you think. I definitely want to read more by Abbie Greaves. With thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK/Cornerstone for the arc for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Both lovely and devastating. Perfect for fans of Colleen Oakley, Rebecca Serle, and Josie Silver.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    Searching for a long lost love is a fairly common premise so it's always neat when an author is able to come up with a somewhat unique story. I enjoyed the book and think it would be a great book club selection. Each person might take away something different from the characters and story which usually makes for a lively and opinionated discussion. Mary O'Connor met Jim Whitnell and they fell in love. One day he vanishes without an explanation. Years later, Mary hasn't gotten over Jim's disappear Searching for a long lost love is a fairly common premise so it's always neat when an author is able to come up with a somewhat unique story. I enjoyed the book and think it would be a great book club selection. Each person might take away something different from the characters and story which usually makes for a lively and opinionated discussion. Mary O'Connor met Jim Whitnell and they fell in love. One day he vanishes without an explanation. Years later, Mary hasn't gotten over Jim's disappearance. Desperate for him to return, she hangs out at Ealing Station on a regular basis. For hours at a time she holds a sign with a simple message, "Come home, Jim". A reporter named Alice believes there is a story here that might help save her job so she begins investigating what happened to Jim. The story alternates between the past featuring Mary and Jim's relationship and the present day where you see how drastically Mary's life has changed in his absence. The mystery of Jim is really what sustained my interest more so than the romance elements. Alice has a key role in the book but at times it felt like Mary was regulated to the backburner. The pacing was slow in some parts but the book was a worthwhile read. Will check out more books from this author as she has shown she is capable of taking me on an interesting reading journey. I received a free advance copy of this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Mary’s husband Jim disappeared seven years ago, they had a very loving and happy marriage and his disappearance has greatly affected Mary who has not given up hope that he will return. Every day for the last seven years Mary goes to Ealing Train Station and stands on the bustling platform with a sign that says “Come Home Jim” hoping he will see it! We go back to when Jim and Mary meet and had a whirlwind romance, with Mary leaving Wales to be with Jim in London, we trace her path to the present d Mary’s husband Jim disappeared seven years ago, they had a very loving and happy marriage and his disappearance has greatly affected Mary who has not given up hope that he will return. Every day for the last seven years Mary goes to Ealing Train Station and stands on the bustling platform with a sign that says “Come Home Jim” hoping he will see it! We go back to when Jim and Mary meet and had a whirlwind romance, with Mary leaving Wales to be with Jim in London, we trace her path to the present day. I really felt for Mary who never gave up hope, even when others doubted her. I loved how the past and present timelines emerge together so effortlessly. A very moving story that covers loss but also incorporates hope and friendship where you would least expect it. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Mary O'Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love for the last seven years. Every morning 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". Mary stands at the exit of the train station with her sign, she has done this every day for the last seven years. A chance comment has made her an internet sensation. Local Journalist, Alice is in need of a front page story attempts to fi Mary O'Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love for the last seven years. Every morning 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". Mary stands at the exit of the train station with her sign, she has done this every day for the last seven years. A chance comment has made her an internet sensation. Local Journalist, Alice is in need of a front page story attempts to find out what happened to Jim. Jim had been Mary's beau. The story covers: men's mental health problems, heartbreak, friendships and a missing person. The story flips back and forth between the present day and the past. This is quite a sad story to read. It's well written with some lovely characters. This book made a nice change from the books I normally read. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #RandomHouseUK, #CornerStone and the author #AbbieGreaves for my ARC of #TheEndsOfTheEarth in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 /5 stars Anywhere For You is a story that is a bit Women's Fiction and a bit Mystery. The narrators are Mary and Alice (3rd person POVs). The story is mostly set in London. The book has a past/present timeline. The present is in 2018. And the past starts in 2005 and moves forward. In the present Mary is a 40 years old Irish woman. She works at a grocery store and volunteers at night at a hotline called Nightline. She holds up a sign in the subway that says "Come Home Jim". In the past Mary is 27. 3.5 /5 stars Anywhere For You is a story that is a bit Women's Fiction and a bit Mystery. The narrators are Mary and Alice (3rd person POVs). The story is mostly set in London. The book has a past/present timeline. The present is in 2018. And the past starts in 2005 and moves forward. In the present Mary is a 40 years old Irish woman. She works at a grocery store and volunteers at night at a hotline called Nightline. She holds up a sign in the subway that says "Come Home Jim". In the past Mary is 27. And we get to see how she met Jim. Alice (26) meets Mary in the present and tries to help her. I loved the idea of this book. I was curious to find out what Mary's sign meant. And I was curious to find out what happened to Jim. But I was hoping for more of an epic love story. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book. And I enjoyed both narrators. But this story was definitely not what I was expecting. Mary was a super unique character. And the fact that mental health was mentioned made the story more meaningful. But I wanted more, especially from the ending. Thanks to edelweiss and William Morrow for allowing me to read this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bookread2day

    My review on my website https://www.bookread2day.wordpress.com Loved it! Just loved every page. The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves is the best fictional missing persons book I’ve ever read this is why I’m going to highly recommend this extraordinary novel, with multiple characters that all have their own reasons for being in this story. My first favourite characters was Mary O’Conner who has campaigned for her first love to come home, by going to Ealing Broadway Station, for the last seven yea My review on my website https://www.bookread2day.wordpress.com Loved it! Just loved every page. The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves is the best fictional missing persons book I’ve ever read this is why I’m going to highly recommend this extraordinary novel, with multiple characters that all have their own reasons for being in this story. My first favourite characters was Mary O’Conner who has campaigned for her first love to come home, by going to Ealing Broadway Station, for the last seven years with a sign appealing for Jim to come home. The true fact is, it’s not unusual for an adults go missing, in the UK about 100,000 adults go missing each year. Author Abbie Greaves has cleverly made the story come together. Mary works as a volunteer at a call centre Nightline, that is a crisis centre where people can call Nightline and remain anonymous. One evening while Mary is taking calls, she is adamant it is Jim on the end of line talking to her. My second favourite character was Alice who works for a newspaper, but is about to face redundancy unless she can come up with a masterpiece for the front page. When Alice meets Mary, she is genuinely sympathetic to discover Mary is taking a banner to the Ealing Broadway Station in hope that it will bring home her boyfriend Jim. Being a journalist, Alice wants to use her professional skills to help Mary find Jim. The whole story The Ends of the Earth is such a wonderful adventure, I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as what I did.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    “The Ends of the Earth” is the second novel by author Abbie Greaves, after the success with her critically acclaimed debut “The Silent Treatment”. - Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love of her life 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’. When an unexpected phone call turns her world on its head, in spite of all “The Ends of the Earth” is the second novel by author Abbie Greaves, after the success with her critically acclaimed debut “The Silent Treatment”. - Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love of her life 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’. When an unexpected phone call turns her world on its head, in spite of all her efforts, Mary can no longer find the strength to hold herself together. She must finally face what happened all those years ago, and answer the question – where on earth is Jim? “The Ends of the Earth” is both sad and uplifting, a love story and a mystery and focuses on important, heartfelt themes like grief, mental health issues, living with the fallout of a missing family member and coping with life’s difficulties. I liked Mary, my heart went out to her, keeping her nightly vigil, trying to deal emotionally with the last conversation she had before Jim left and her perseverance in believing he’ll still come home. Alice, her journalist friend thinks there’s a story there that will help save her job but since Mary doesn’t know she’s a reporter, she has to do her investigating in secret. But Alice also has her demons, her father disappeared from her life when she was young, so her efforts at seeking the missing Jim, reawaken her emotions. The story is told in the past and present, allowing the reader to see how Mary and Jim’s relationship developed and also Alice as she goes about her research, enlisting the help of Kit, a very likeable character who is dealing with some personal issues as well. What I took most from this story was the importance of community and having friends and with an ending that satisfactorily tied everything together. I enjoyed this tale of love and loss and can happily recommend it as an easy but powerful and entertaining read. 4 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    Mary O’Connor has just turned forty and spent the last seven years conducting a nightly vigil at Ealing Broadway station holding up a sign bearing the word ‘Come Home Jim’, signalling her intent to never give up on her first love and the six years they spent together. In the absence of the man she is ever hopeful of being reunited with, Mary’s life is one of routine as she moves between a job stacking supermarket shelves, two nights a week volunteering at local crisis helpline NightLine and her Mary O’Connor has just turned forty and spent the last seven years conducting a nightly vigil at Ealing Broadway station holding up a sign bearing the word ‘Come Home Jim’, signalling her intent to never give up on her first love and the six years they spent together. In the absence of the man she is ever hopeful of being reunited with, Mary’s life is one of routine as she moves between a job stacking supermarket shelves, two nights a week volunteering at local crisis helpline NightLine and her station vigil. When an unexpected call at NightLine leaves Mary on edge and results in a rush hour meltdown her story goes viral and is witnessed by young journalist Alice Keaton. Alice is soon to be unemployed but a human-interest story such as Mary’s could go a long way to saving her job and might also give Mary the closure and opportunity to move on that Alice’s knows plenty about given the disappearance of her father as a teenager. Befriending Mary and joining the team at NightLine with lonely manager, Ted, at the helm sees Alice befriend zany young banker, Kit, and together going all out to bring Jim, or a definitive answer, back home to Mary. Needless to say Alice keeps her identity as a reporter a secret and even when Mary directly requests her to stop trying to trace Jim it falls on deaf ears threatening to cause yet more upheaval in Mary’s life. The story takes the form of a dual narrative moving between the present day and the past, charting the whirlwind romance between Mary and Jim that begins when they meet in Belfast in 2005 through to the life in London that Jim disappears from in 2011. As the story of their relationship unfolds readers see both Mary as a confident and successful fabric artist and also Jim’s mental health woes (depression, reliance on alcohol) which are highlighted early on. Personally I could not believe that in seven years Mary had not looked back and conceded that their relationship was very up and down as Greaves certainly leaves more than enough clues for readers that there really isn’t any great mystery about Jim’s departure. In fact much of the time I felt the book was simply going through the motions until the inevitable life lessons on the stigma surrounding male mental health issues could follow. Whilst the novel is inoffensive and Greaves steers clear of preaching at her readers I found it too implausible to wholeheartedly invest in the characters or their plight, primarily because not one of them felt real to me. Overall a solid drama but the mystery surrounding Jim’s disappearance goes out with a whimper and the novel is overlong with a rather plodding narrative. Into the close and epilogue I did notice a flurry of well-intentioned sound bites on all things mental health yet for me the novel would have been far more meaningful with more realistic characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eloise Smith

    Every day for the past seven years, Mary has spent her evenings at Ealing train station holding up a sign that says "Come Home Jim" waiting desperately for Jim to return. When Alice, a young journalist with her job on the line hears about this and a video of Mary goes viral, she thinks it could be a chance for her to grab a story that will keep her job secure. As the two become acquainted, Alice cannot help but want to help Mary find the answers she so desperately needs. As Alice gets more invol Every day for the past seven years, Mary has spent her evenings at Ealing train station holding up a sign that says "Come Home Jim" waiting desperately for Jim to return. When Alice, a young journalist with her job on the line hears about this and a video of Mary goes viral, she thinks it could be a chance for her to grab a story that will keep her job secure. As the two become acquainted, Alice cannot help but want to help Mary find the answers she so desperately needs. As Alice gets more involved with the investigation, it becomes clear that the two women have something in common. This book was a good read. I was intrigued from the outset what had happened to Jim and instantly felt for Mary who so desperately hoped for an old love to return. The chapters switching between past and present day really worked in this book and I enjoyed watching Mary and Jim's relationship blossom over the years alongside the present day "investigation" into his disappearance. However, Mary did irritate me and without giving away too much, I just felt pity for her to be honest - I wanted her to realise what she was doing was not healthy and after seven years... it was time to move on! Sadly Alice was not my favourite character. I found a lot of what she did or things that happened to her to be relatively unconvincing and a bit too convenient. I was also unconvinced by the romance that suddenly appeared out of nowhere after the person in question practically repulsed her a couple of days before. Whilst yes I did enjoy the premise of the book, I just wish I had connected with the characters a bit more. The discussion of men's mental health was an important topic of the book and whilst I am pleased it was mentioned, as it is not something I read about regularly, I felt it was not explained enough and I needed a little more, particularly from Jim's perspective as quite frankly I did not like him from the start. I found the relationship pretty toxic to be honest, Mary gave up her whole life to be with Jim and when he went missing, Mary had alienated her friends and family and was left pretty much alone in a place that she had not made her home as her home and life simply was Jim. Overall a good read and I did enjoy it, but admittedly it was not the epic love story that I was hoping for. Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aya

    This book was unique and different from what we usually read. It was heartfelt, bittersweet and devastating at times. Mary spent six years with Jim and another seven years waiting for him. At first, the disappearance of Jim was like a mystery. Bit by bit, the story started to reveal what actually happened. "The unknown isn't always the worst thing in the world." The author did a great job with the characters. She gave Mary some supportive friends who helped her through the tough times. This book was unique and different from what we usually read. It was heartfelt, bittersweet and devastating at times. Mary spent six years with Jim and another seven years waiting for him. At first, the disappearance of Jim was like a mystery. Bit by bit, the story started to reveal what actually happened. "The unknown isn't always the worst thing in the world." The author did a great job with the characters. She gave Mary some supportive friends who helped her through the tough times.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This one took me by surprise. Within this insightful romance about wounded people both afraid of and yearning for connection lies a suspenseful, missing-person mystery. I couldn't put it down. This one took me by surprise. Within this insightful romance about wounded people both afraid of and yearning for connection lies a suspenseful, missing-person mystery. I couldn't put it down.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cayla

    Intriguing and strong start, but as the book went on, I didn't feel like the mystery or love story lived up to the build up. So a little underwhelming. Favorite quote: Comfort never encouraged anyone to spread their wings. Intriguing and strong start, but as the book went on, I didn't feel like the mystery or love story lived up to the build up. So a little underwhelming. Favorite quote: Comfort never encouraged anyone to spread their wings.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    I thought this was a perfect book to read on Valentine's weekend. I thought I would be moved by this story. I actually thought I might be brought to bittersweet tears by the end. But none of that happened. Instead I struggled through the book and I never could find any type of connection to the characters or the story. I think something I had read prior to choosing this book had led me to believe there was more depth to the story, more literary quality. But unfortunately, this is not a book I ca I thought this was a perfect book to read on Valentine's weekend. I thought I would be moved by this story. I actually thought I might be brought to bittersweet tears by the end. But none of that happened. Instead I struggled through the book and I never could find any type of connection to the characters or the story. I think something I had read prior to choosing this book had led me to believe there was more depth to the story, more literary quality. But unfortunately, this is not a book I can wholeheartedly recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I don’t know how to describe this book beyond the fact that I found it utterly heartbreaking. Why would Mary sit at Ealing station every day for SEVEN years, holding a sign saying ‘come home Jim’? Why did Jim just disappear one day after being in a loving, six year, relationship with Mary? How do you recover from that? Where has Jim gone? Does he want to be found. Abbie Greaves has written a heartbreaking mystery story about love, depression, missing persons, friendships and the search for the t I don’t know how to describe this book beyond the fact that I found it utterly heartbreaking. Why would Mary sit at Ealing station every day for SEVEN years, holding a sign saying ‘come home Jim’? Why did Jim just disappear one day after being in a loving, six year, relationship with Mary? How do you recover from that? Where has Jim gone? Does he want to be found. Abbie Greaves has written a heartbreaking mystery story about love, depression, missing persons, friendships and the search for the truth. Mary is supported by a group of friends who are equally well written; Ted, the manager of a helpline, Olive, one of the call handlers, Kit, a young banker and Alice, a journalist who is looking for a scoop to save her job. They pull together to try and find out the truth about Jim’s disappearance and in the process, have a journey of self discovery. A truly fabulous read - you won’t be disappointed. I will be looking out for other books by this author - she’s a new favourite! Keep the tissues handy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

    Anywhere for You is unlike anything I have read before. It seems like a story of love and loss initially but then unfolds to be a sort of mystery story as well--how all of these characters ended up where they are now. The story is heartbreaking but also restores your faith in people and gives you hope for second chances. Such a well done execution balancing so many emotions, characters and storylines. I'll be thinking about this book for awhile. This would make an excellent book club pick! Many t Anywhere for You is unlike anything I have read before. It seems like a story of love and loss initially but then unfolds to be a sort of mystery story as well--how all of these characters ended up where they are now. The story is heartbreaking but also restores your faith in people and gives you hope for second chances. Such a well done execution balancing so many emotions, characters and storylines. I'll be thinking about this book for awhile. This would make an excellent book club pick! Many thanks to William Morrow & Netgalley for an ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Cavinder

    A nice story that broaches on the subject of depression, and how it affects the person and those who love them. Although it didn't have the ending I had hoped, it still had a satisfying ending. A nice story that broaches on the subject of depression, and how it affects the person and those who love them. Although it didn't have the ending I had hoped, it still had a satisfying ending.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Oxton

    The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves a slow starting three-star read. If the whole story was as good as the 2nd half then it would have been five-stars, but I have struggled with this, I have picked it up and put it down three times as I just couldn’t get stuck in, and I hate not finishing a story so I kept going, but honestly it could have easily still been waiting on me to finish it. It has a good story, but it just didn’t keep me going. I do plan on trying something else by this author, to The Ends of the Earth by Abbie Greaves a slow starting three-star read. If the whole story was as good as the 2nd half then it would have been five-stars, but I have struggled with this, I have picked it up and put it down three times as I just couldn’t get stuck in, and I hate not finishing a story so I kept going, but honestly it could have easily still been waiting on me to finish it. It has a good story, but it just didn’t keep me going. I do plan on trying something else by this author, to see if it’s just my slump that caused me to not enjoy this as much.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katie Rush

    I’ve been dipping in and out of this book as it never had me enthralled. The storyline is enjoyable to follow and highlights the need to address mental health issues especially in men. What it lacked was anything gripping, it was all quite predictable and came together nicely. Maybe in the summer this would make a perfect summer read but I just needed something a bit more in-depth right now.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    NOTE: THE BOOK IS KNOWN AS "ANYWHERE FOR YOU " IN THE USA AND CANADA. Date reviewed/posted: November 10 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital NOTE: THE BOOK IS KNOWN AS "ANYWHERE FOR YOU " IN THE USA AND CANADA. Date reviewed/posted: November 10 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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.’ Call her mad, call her a nuisance, call her a drain on society – Mary isn’t going anywhere. That is until an unexpected call turns her world on its head. In spite of all her efforts, Mary can no longer find the strength to hold herself together. She must finally face what happened all those years ago, and answer the question – where on earth is Jim? This book was not what I expected, but nonetheless, I simply loved it (I am the one at the tube station having a panic attack, BTW, as there are so many PEOPLE there: sometimes I miss my medium-sized city that I also call home!) The book is lyrical and it was like reading poetry without the heartburn The characters are lovingly crafted and the story may not be what you expect, but you will thank yourself for reading it. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it (MIND THE GAP ... 🚇🚇🚇🚇🚇)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vero Carriso

    4.5⭐ Wow, i really liked this book. I took my time to write this review, cuz I needed some time to gather my thoughts. Let's start from the beginning! Abbie Graves what a wonderful book you wrote! Earlier this week, I was looking for some romance novel when I stumbled upon this beautiful cover. This was the one. It was fate. So, I read the synopsis and found it even more interesting. Immeadiately my mind said: Heyy, this sounds like The Lake House, we definetely need to read this! And I was like: 4.5⭐ Wow, i really liked this book. I took my time to write this review, cuz I needed some time to gather my thoughts. Let's start from the beginning! Abbie Graves what a wonderful book you wrote! Earlier this week, I was looking for some romance novel when I stumbled upon this beautiful cover. This was the one. It was fate. So, I read the synopsis and found it even more interesting. Immeadiately my mind said: Heyy, this sounds like The Lake House, we definetely need to read this! And I was like: well, its settled. It was not as if I was going to argue with my mind. What I'm trying to say is that I thought it could have some magical element/plot twist and I was totally here for it. Disclaimer: it has no magic. It has a very realistic and authentic resolution of the main conflict aka Jim's disappearence. So, this leads us to Mary. What an interesting woman she is. Objectively speaking one could see her as naïve, unbalanced and as a denier. Maybe, yes but I found it quite endearing the way she loved Jim and was prepared to go through hell and beyond to stay with him. Her devotion towards him was incredible, unmatched but also sort of too much in the end. But what I'm trying to say is that Mary loved Jim deeply and fiercely, and to be loved like that is a privilage. Quite uplifting the ending, I really want the best for Mary. She deserves to be happy. Bravo, Abbie! Keep writing such beautiful and lovely stories! You are doing great! Ps: I'm thinking of reading her first book (The Silent Treatment), sounds very promising!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    The Ends of the Earth, Abbie Greaves Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: General fiction . I was really intrigued by the description, and having enjoyed Abbie's novels before I really expected to love it. Maybe in a different time I would, but I'm reading this in November 20, caught in the Covid depression fugue that has many of us in its hold, and its just too drear, to somber for me. It deals with such important issues of mental health that I feel bad about saying I didn't enjoy it, but The Ends of the Earth, Abbie Greaves Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: General fiction . I was really intrigued by the description, and having enjoyed Abbie's novels before I really expected to love it. Maybe in a different time I would, but I'm reading this in November 20, caught in the Covid depression fugue that has many of us in its hold, and its just too drear, to somber for me. It deals with such important issues of mental health that I feel bad about saying I didn't enjoy it, but I couldn't really connect properly to the story or the characters. I felt when I got to the end ( and of course not the end I wanted...) that I had more questions than answers, and I just don't get along with stories that make me feel that way. I like everything – or almost everything – wrapped up, questions answered, no missing parts, and here that didn't happen. Unless I've missed something ;-) Stars: Two, I might come back and reread one day, when times are less grim and my mind can take a book that has a lot of sadness in. Right now its just not a story for me. That's down to me, not the book, others love it and you may too. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I absolutely loved this book. Abbie Greaves has done it again! I was a huge fan of The Silent Treatment and had high hopes for this and it definitely lives up to my hype! I couldn’t put this down - the first few chapters are a bit of a slow burn but never enough to even make me consider putting it down. I had to know what had happened between Mary and Jim. On the surface, this seems like an unrequited love story but it is so much more and explores male mental health, grief, love, and loss in Grea I absolutely loved this book. Abbie Greaves has done it again! I was a huge fan of The Silent Treatment and had high hopes for this and it definitely lives up to my hype! I couldn’t put this down - the first few chapters are a bit of a slow burn but never enough to even make me consider putting it down. I had to know what had happened between Mary and Jim. On the surface, this seems like an unrequited love story but it is so much more and explores male mental health, grief, love, and loss in Greaves own personal style. At one point I had to stop reading because it was so well written I was feeling exactly what Mary was so I needed a break - you’ll know what I mean if you read this (you should)! It took me a few days to write this review as like with The Silent Treatment, The Ends of The Earth gave me an emotional hangover. The focus on issues such as grief and male mental health from different perspectives really resonated with me and I think this is an excellent way of understanding male mental health implications without reading a non-fiction/preachy book. In case you can’t tell I would highly recommend this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    Alice, a reporter at the Ealing Bugle, notices a woman in the railway station holding a sign that says, “Come home, Jim.” While others jostle around the woman, Alice takes the time to ask about her story. Mary and Jim said they would love each other 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙝, or so she thought. But one day, Jim disappeared, and for seven years, Mary held a sign hoping, no, believing Jim would return to her. Alice is touched by such loyalty and dedication, so she launches into an investigation to fi Alice, a reporter at the Ealing Bugle, notices a woman in the railway station holding a sign that says, “Come home, Jim.” While others jostle around the woman, Alice takes the time to ask about her story. Mary and Jim said they would love each other 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙝, or so she thought. But one day, Jim disappeared, and for seven years, Mary held a sign hoping, no, believing Jim would return to her. Alice is touched by such loyalty and dedication, so she launches into an investigation to find out what happened to Jim. Although Alice may have had some ulterior motives to begin with, as the pieces of Mary and Jim’s story come together, it hits close to home. Alice also realizes this is an important issue, and their story needs to be heard. The story moves leisurely, and the overall mood is somewhat melancholy, but I applaud Greaves for taking on the subject of male mental health and the struggle with grief and despair. Friendships and support are vital, and those were the shining stars throughout this story. Thank you to @williammorrowbooks for this #gifted copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (THE CAFFEINATED READER)

    Mary waits at the train station every day, holding a sign, “Come Home Jim”. It’s a curious sight but no one pays her any mind until she causes a bit of a ruckus and a young journalist, Alice, knows there’s a story there. What’s more is she connects with Mary on a personal level. She knows the pain of losing someone in the blink of an eye. She resolves to find Jim, to give Mary closure. The story asks the questions, how much do we really know about anyone, how long can we hang on to love, how muc Mary waits at the train station every day, holding a sign, “Come Home Jim”. It’s a curious sight but no one pays her any mind until she causes a bit of a ruckus and a young journalist, Alice, knows there’s a story there. What’s more is she connects with Mary on a personal level. She knows the pain of losing someone in the blink of an eye. She resolves to find Jim, to give Mary closure. The story asks the questions, how much do we really know about anyone, how long can we hang on to love, how much do we choose to leave out when we look at our loved ones? I suppose this is a romance, it absolutely has that aspect. But more it’s a story of self-discovery and triumph over loss. It also broaches the incredibly important topic of mental health, specifically male mental health, which I appreciate so much. It’s is an achingly beautiful book and I will read anything Abbie Greaves writes forevermore.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jude (NYJudester) Fricano

    Another beauty from Abbie Greaves! This winds its way around sharing details of hopes and dreams, dropping you right where you hoped it wouldn't and exactly where it was meant to end. Mary, Jim, Alice, Kit and Ted will stay with me a long time. Their voices and interactions filled me with laughter and tears and many hopeful, wistful and relatable places along the way. When a book starts with a sad women at the train station with a sign saying, 'Come Home Jim," there's no way to not become emotio Another beauty from Abbie Greaves! This winds its way around sharing details of hopes and dreams, dropping you right where you hoped it wouldn't and exactly where it was meant to end. Mary, Jim, Alice, Kit and Ted will stay with me a long time. Their voices and interactions filled me with laughter and tears and many hopeful, wistful and relatable places along the way. When a book starts with a sad women at the train station with a sign saying, 'Come Home Jim," there's no way to not become emotionally involved in the outcome. The best part are the lessons each of them learned along the way are now available to each reader. Thank you Abbie!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Abbie Greaves never disappoints, I loved The Silent Treatment and I loved this book! Mary sits in Ealing station for seven years holding a sign “Come Home Jim” where has Jim gone? Does he want to be found? This story is heartbreaking about love, friendship, depression and searching for the truth. Mary has a group of friends that surround and support her. Together they want to find out the truth about Jim. This is a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read what Abbie writes next! Definitely add th Abbie Greaves never disappoints, I loved The Silent Treatment and I loved this book! Mary sits in Ealing station for seven years holding a sign “Come Home Jim” where has Jim gone? Does he want to be found? This story is heartbreaking about love, friendship, depression and searching for the truth. Mary has a group of friends that surround and support her. Together they want to find out the truth about Jim. This is a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read what Abbie writes next! Definitely add this to you TBR! Thanks to Edelweiss for my advanced ebook copy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    imabookmagnet

    I picked this book up a few weeks ago. Read a chapter or 2. It didn’t pull me in. I put it down. I picked it back up 2 days ago. I didn’t want to go to work today. It definitely pulled me in. I have questions. It wasn’t perfectly written. But I really enjoyed the story. Im glad I got to peek into these characters lives and got to know them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    VL

    Greaves captures the grief of a lost relationship so well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a touching book by Abbie Greaves about love, loss and friendship. It was sad at times - I just felt so bad for Mary and wanted her to move on with her life - but uplifting in the end. It was well written and I look forward to reading more by Abbie Greaves. Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC.

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