True belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.Brene Brown
Written by an Irish author, Life’s What You Make It is the story of Liv O’Neill’s return to Sandycove, Ireland, after ten years in London. Coming straight from a corporate job, Liv initially struggles to find her place in the Sandycove community. As she slowly finds her footing, she realizes that her community has changed in many ways and seems more like home. Pulled between wanting to stay home and returning to London, this book takes you on a journey that encompasses friendship, community, family, and love.
It is inspiring to read a book that is based on a small town and its people. I enjoy reading books that include themes of community and belonging. They leave you with a smile on your face. This book for sure did the same. Liv’s character, her story, and her struggles are all so relatable. Youngsters all over the globe leave their homes and families behind to pursue better opportunities. This book is a subtle reminder that while we move away from our families, a part of us always stays back.
It is a good read, and you won’t be disappointed. Even though it is based in a small town, there is enough drama to keep the reader engaged. As time passes, one realizes that priorities change, and so do our dreams and goals. It is a book for someone who is away from home or is homesick. It’s like chicken soup for the soul.
It is a heartwarming read, and I give it 4/5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Boldwood books for the copy in exchange of an honest review.