Letters to Bizzy by John M. Tabor. Blog tour

Hi, little bears!!! I’m back with another book review.

Thanks to the author and Travelling Pages Tours for granting me an ARC of this book to review.

3.5 stars.

Letters to Bizzy finds a man, John Tibbits, past his prime staring down the barrel of old age, having to come to grips with his mother’s death and regrettable fact his dysfunctional youth has burdened him with a lifetime of unwelcome baggage. As he sorts through his mother’s personal effects he discovers boxes of unopened letters written some 50 years earlier from a man, Robert Guthrie, to his daughter, Bizzy. They tell the story of a life lived on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, Bogue Banks. There is nothing sensational in the telling, average by most accounts. However, through the eyes of Robert Guthrie we come to see beauty in the tragic, humor in the absurd, and sensitivity from the susceptible. It is in fact an apologetic to the ordinary lives we live. Those of John Tibbits and Robert Guthrie are inexplicably intertwined; and, it is only until the end, do we learn how. For both it is a journey through their own private battles.

John Tibbits is going through his mother’s things after her death, not feeling quite ready to do so. However, he finds a bundle of letters that seem unopened and spark his interest, truning this task from annoying and hard to eye-opening and compelling in this adult literary fiction.

The premise was really promising. A son being able to put the pieces of his mother’s family and herself together through a bunch of letters sent from his grandfather to his mother. She was alienated from him by her mother who, due to differences with his wife, decided to part ways, even though he did not want to leave his daughter.

It shows how important it is for a person to know their family history; how much understanding of yourself comes with this and how much peace it brings to put the pieces of it together.

I felt those letters didn’t exactly make sense when directed towards a daughter, though. He was talking to her as if to his best friend, but that’s not the tone a father would use when writing to their child, including some of the events shared in them. I felt he was writing his story to be published or to a brother. There was no connection between Robert Guthrie’s story and his daughter either up to the last letter, whente author explains to the reader why father and daughter don’t know each other.

The writing style was pleasant, but didn’t help me connect with the characters. I only cared about Thomas because he got an illness my mother had when she was a child and about the animals, that I always connect to. Did not feel with the characters as I was detached from beginning to end.

There are certain reflections on life that made me smile, though. It shows how society’s way of thinking and traditions have changed throughout centuries, such as starting to bath in public and the development of swimsuits, how males saw females, the identification and classification of Asperger syndrome and the invention of vaccines. These are so well included into the story that you never feel them forced at all.

Characters were realistic and believable. Even side characters’ personalities were so well portrayed through their actions and feelings that you felt you were reading a non fictional story.

But, hey! I haven’t introduced you to the author.

Where to find him:

https://www.johntaborauthorspage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/John-Tabor-authors-page-108386350692728

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4838181.John_Tabor

I think it’s better if you know history from the USA, or have visited Boghe Banks, so you can imagine the places better and jump into the scenery in your mind.

It’s just 176 pages, so a quick read to connect you to history, family and processing loss (TW).

I’d recommend it, so if you feel curious and want to get it, just click any of these links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60133769-letters-to-bizzy or Amazon: https://geni.us/letters-to-bizzy Amazon: https://geni.us/letters-to-bizzy

Please, take good care of yourselves. I hope you’re having a great time!

Bear hugs!!

Anne

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