A slight niggle throughout is that the narrator’s voice feels female, but perhaps this is because David becomes more empathetic and more sensitive after his wife’s death; a posthumous lesson in learning to be a little more like Mary Rose. As is so often the case with those who suffer profound grief, David develops a new empathy; life becomes more meaningful. Changes, even devastating and abrupt ones, invariably make people stronger and at the same time more vulnerable. Nothing But Blue Sky is an acutely observed portrait of a relationship and a story of survival, of endurance and ultimately of discovering that it is still possible to find some level of happiness in life after suffering.
David may have belived he had the perfect marraige, but suddenly finding himself a widower after 20 years makes hum re-examine his relationship and who his wife Mary Rose really was. This is a beautifully written and powerful tale.