Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “All That Was” by Tanya E. Williams, Rippling Effects, October 20, 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Wow! Tanya E. Williams, the author of “All That Was” has written an intriguing, captivating, emotional and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this novel are literary fiction with historical elements. There is also a magical realism feel, with a slight paranormal taste. I love the way that Tanya E. Williams writes in a unique style that vividly describes the events, and characters. The timeline for this novel is set in the present and goes 100 years to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. There are 2 definite timelines, and 2 characters, each from the timeline that can be compared. What makes this novel different is that both sets of characters “meet” in the same timeline. The author describes the dramatic and colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated.
Emily Reed is a young attorney that is assigned the task of placing church records in order, as there is a lawsuit pending. Emily has a traumatic life in losing both parents, and deals with it by denying grieving, or talking about it. As she works on the project, she discovers her parents were married in the chapel of this church.
Elizabet Thomas lingers in the church, after her death in 1935, waiting for her deceased husband to meet her from the other side. She doesn’t want the church to be torn down in the present law-suit, and sees an opportunity to convince Emily to help preserve the building. Unlike Emily, Elizabet has been grieving for years.
Emily finds a set of diaries written by Elizabet in the time she lived and loved. Both characters want to move forward but can’t. There are some likable quirky characters in this story.
I highly recommend this memorable and thought-provoking novel about, love, and hope for other readers. Is it possible that both women can move on and “live” their lives the way that they want to?