BLOG REVIEW : Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall


March 15, 2017


reviewed for


Jeri’s Book Attic




Title :              Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Author :           Louise Gornall

Series :            n/a

Release date :   03 Jan 2017

Rating :           5 Stars



Blurb : Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up. Readers themselves will fall in love with Norah in this poignant, humorous, and deeply engaging portrait of a teen struggling to find the strength to face her demons.


Review : Wow… I truly believe that this book took courage to write – especially reading the words the author placed in front of the story when she addressed the readers.


This book is not a fluffy everything is going to be OK novel – no – knowing the words the author left – it is more an emotionally raw story that feels very real.


To outsiders it might even feel exaggerated just like the leading character Norah explains to Luke. But I have to be very honest it is not exaggerated.


Not at all


You wonder why I am so sure ? Well I am because I know quite a lot about OCD’s as I have some of them myself. Only when I developed them from early childhood on there was no name for it – I was just the “strange one” …


Thankfully in comparison to Norah mine are Childs play as I managed to work with them but I truly get where she is coming from.


4 is a much nicer figure than 3 when it comes to stairs and steps

And it will never be enough to only just check once if you locked a door – you have to turn the handle at least three times. (To name only two of dozens of ticks I have)


So really I get it – And while I am not sure where to place this book as I could not let it pass as romance fully , there really is hope at the end of it …


So maybe we could label this book as “Romance in Progress with hope for the future”I am really wording it carefully because the honesty of the story deserves that.


This book is different and I really liked it. So if you are interested in matters concerning Agoraphobia and/or OCD I can really recommend this story to you.


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