Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 1st March 2012
Pages: 435 Pages
What if love was right there in front of you – you just couldn’t see it?
Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse’s young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count.
But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic.
Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again?
As for Ivan, he thought he was there to help Luke not Elizabeth – or himself…
If You Could See Me Now is not your typical love story and if I’m honest, a little unusual. Ivan lands into Elizabeth and Luke’s life unexpectedly, he’s an imaginary friend, but not as you know it.
Finally, a novel that encourages imaginary friends! Everyone has them, right? Of course! Whether you believe they are spirits or a figment of imagination they are wonderful things. I remember having a few when I was younger and I think it changes to believing in spirits when you’re older.
Ivan is a cautious imaginary friend as he only encourages certain people to believe in him. Luke is eight-years-old (I think he is!) so naturally he sees Ivan as his best friend and Ivan is fine with that. Ivan is surprised to realise that Elizabeth can see him too, that’s not how it works.
Elizabeth hasn’t had an easy life and it’s evident that she likes to be in control. Everything in her life needs to be perfect and if anything is out of place she becomes angry, especially with her adoptive son, Luke. Being able to see Ivan and allowing him to embark in a variety of fun activities makes Elizabeth realise that she can have fun and it’s ok not to be perfect. I did have a theory that only Elizabeth and Luke could see Ivan because they were both feeling sad and at a loss, and having the distraction made them feel better.
The book in a nutshell… imaginary friends are real, you just have to believe!