In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.
What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.
As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her.
Praise For It's You…
Praise for It's You
“Once more Porter is able to write about painful life situations with dignity, grace, and authenticity. What might be heavy and depressing in other writer’s hands is gentle and cathartic in Porter’s.”—Library Journal
“Two stories of heartbreak and loss wrap into one, demonstrating the depth of emotion humans are capable of and how extensive the healing process can sometimes be.”—RT Book Reviews
“It’s You is an extremely well written, emotional, and resonating story of grief and with an ending that isn’t traditionally happy and neat… For fans of Porter’s Brennan Sisters Trilogy, you’ll be delighted with a number of guest appearances.”—Chicklitplus.com
“It’s You was an introspective, sometimes heartbreaking, piece of women’s fiction by the exceptionally talented Jane Porter… From tragic loss of loved ones to new-found friendships, and from the end of a love story to the beginning of a young romance, It’s You will be sure to bring out your compassionate side.”—Harlequin Junkie
Praise for the novels of Jane Porter
“Porter writes with genuine warmth and quiet grace about the everyday problems all women face.”—Chicago Tribune
“[Porter] understands the passion of grown-up love…Smart, satisfying.”—Robyn Carr
“Porter writes with honesty, warmth, and compassion.”—Library Journal
Berkley, 9780425277157, 336pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
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What do you think brought Ali and Diana together into a fast friendship?
Why is Ali so insistent on her dad moving in with her, despite the fact that they can barely talk to each other?
Ali and Andrew’s family are still deep in grief over Andrew’s suicide when the novel begins. Do you think the suicide of a loved one is something someone can ever move beyond?
At first, Ali does not realize that becoming a dentist in Andrew’s father’s practice may not have been Andrew’s wish. Why does it take so long for her to reach this conclusion?
Halfway through the novel, the reader is introduced to Edie’s backstory, which adds a new time, place, and even narrative style to It’s You. How did this inform your reading experience?
What helps Ali realize she needs to forgive Andrew?
Berlin plays an important role as a turning point in Ali’s emotional journey. What city would you pick for a similar soul-searching mission?
Did you see any significance in Ali losing the diary in Berlin? How did that moment alter her course afterward?
Edie’s journals allowed Ali to experience some of what Edie went through, and also allowed Edie to relive her past. Do you keep a journal, and would you share it with someone else?
How does Ali’s relationship with her father evolve throughout the novel? By the novel’s end, do you like where they stand?