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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Close Enough to Perfect: A true story of love, grief, resilience, and spirit is a work of non-fiction in the memoir and autobiographical sub-genres of writing and was penned by author Christine Noyes. As the title suggests, this very emotive work explores the tumultuous life events of the author in the year 2018 when she was faced with the sudden death of her husband, Al. From here we scale back and explore the life that had led her to that moment, including powerful defining moments from her childhood, and a celebration of her life with Al in both their professional and home lives. What results is a sometimes bittersweet but always grateful recollection of working hard together to achieve happiness and success.
Author Christine Noyes has chosen to share a very personal and private journey with her audience, and this memoir does it in such a beautifully penned way that it feels like the reader is a party to the story from a very close friend indeed. The narrative structure switches well between past and present, delivering poignant moments from both times and tying them together with theme and emotion to give the whole work a solid, confident structure. The content itself is beautiful and heartfelt, allowing us into Christine’s highs and lows so that we may discover and relate on our own level to each instance. Overall, this makes for a very successful memoir, and I’d certainly recommend Close Enough to Perfect to anyone who enjoys real-life stories written with both skill and compassion.