Book review by Susan Emmerich
In “The Hardest Thing in This World”, Nicole Eva Fraser weaves a drama of love, loss, and the complications of family relationships. Fraser’s descriptive style creates an image that is FELT by the reader, and in telling the story from each character’s perspective, she manages to remind us that our individual experiences never paint the whole picture.
When the meaning of the title was revealed, I found myself both reflective and moved to tears. Fraser’s tale of how we are influenced by those both living and passed, touched my soul deeply. But Fraser does not stop there! Hold on, as it is a ride that will surprise you til the end, and make you think about the human heart and its vulnerability. “The Hardest Thing in this World” is a novel that will stay with you long after the last page.
Susan Emmerich is not a writer by training and discovered her love of words late in life. In her first career as a licensed social worker, she worked in the areas of family violence and adoption. When her own daughter became school age she made the leap to school guidance to take full advantage of snow days!
While having coped with multiple losses in her life, Susan did not really take notice of their collective impact until her first menopausal mood swing. It was then that she found writing and biking to be the best medicine for a wounded soul. She currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio and is still discovering miles of new bike trails.
Susan is the author of A Girl on a Bike: Musings on Life, Loss, and Hot Flashes.