Anywhere for You by Abbie Greaves
Abbie Greaves has quite the way of tugging on your heartstrings. After reading and loving The Silent Treatment last spring, I knew I needed to read Anywhere for You, and I’m so glad I did!
Anywhere for You follows Mary O’Connor and her decades-long search for the love of her life. Frequent commuters at the Ealing Broadway station know Mary. She sits vigil there every day with her sign “Come Home Jim”. While others pass her by, young journalist Alice asks Mary to tell her story. Years before Mary met Jim, a charismatic doctor who whisked her off her feet. The two had many years together, and then one day he disappeared without explanation. Alice, intrigued by Mary, and in need of a good story for work, decides to investigate Jim’s disappearance. But what Alice finds is more than she bargained for.
Like The Silent Treatment, Anywhere for You is my favorite style of fiction, a beautiful narrative with a hint of mystery that slowly reveals itself. The story jumps back and forth between present-day Mary, struggling with Jim’s disappearance, Alice investigating, and Mary and Jim together, starting with their meeting in Belfast years before.
I felt myself clinging to the page. I just had to know what happened to Jim! I became so invested in the characters and their everyday struggles. I needed to know everything would be alright for them. I absolutely loved this beautiful story, and I highly recommend it to those who love character-driven stories!
Thank you to William Morrow and Netgalley for the review copy. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
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.
About the Author
Abbie Greaves is the author of THE SILENT TREATMENT (2020) and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (UK) / ANYWHERE FOR YOU (US) which is forthcoming in April 2021.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys modern calligraphy, travelling for inspiration and reading – the greatest hobby of all. She lives in the UK.
Follow her on Instagram: @abbiegreavesauthor.