I am always open to reading new and interesting books. This book definitely took a bit of my imagination to read. There were many times where I contemplated just putting the book down because I realized the direction the book was taking. But then I thought that was probably the premise of the book. I relate to the main character of this book by initially rejecting the idea of moving out of my black and white world. After I stopped being so stuffy, I realized this book was in fact very well written and you start seeing what was there the whole time.
I finished this book while my 16 month old niece was visiting me from California. One of the days she was here it started raining. Her mom was completely ok with us frolicking in the rain and that is exactly what we did. We played in the rain! It was one of the best days of my life. The last time I recall playing in the rain was when I was a little child in India. Seldom do we take the time to play in the rain. Another lesson learned by my niece while she was here was when we went to have brunch one weekend. While letting her walk along the sidewalk of boutiques and restaurants she kept stopping to smell all the flowers. Another thing I used to do before I became an adult too busy to stop and smell the flowers.
There is so much to life we take for granted as we become so involved in our work and love lives that we miss the little things we used to do before we all rushed to become adults. Why is it no longer ok to smell the flowers, or play in the rain, or run around laughing, or lay in your backyard just looking up at the stars? It never stopped being ok, we just stopped doing those things because we felt them to be too silly.
This is a great book to refresh your mind on the what is truly important. Look and you will see what was there the whole time just waiting for some attention.
Elizabeth Egan’s life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It’s how she counteracts the chaos of her family — an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother’s footsteps, leaving her own six-yearold son, Luke, in Elizabeth’s care. When Ivan, Luke’s mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesnt know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth’s eyes to a whole new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real?
If You Could See Me Now is a love story with heart — and just a touch of magic.