I loved Stephanie Butland's "Lost For Words" when it came out last year.
"The Curious Heart Of Ailsa Rae" is her latest book. It's not a sequel to "Lost For Words". It interests me because it deals with restarting your life after surviving a major illness. Stephanie Butland is a cancer survivor, so she has some first-hand experience to draw on here.
Here's the publisher's summary (excluding the bits comparing it to other books that it bears no likeness to and reassuring me that I'm going to love it):
Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.
She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .
Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father.
Have her friends left her behind?
And she's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own.
Then there's Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him.
But her new heart is a bold heart.
She just needs to learn to listen to it .