The Long Fall – Julia Crouch – For NetGalley.
At her beloved husbands funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife and has been living a double life with her. And his other wife, Julie Pride is determined to take everything from Carla – her home, her money, and her memories. When Will Linton’s Business goes bust he at least thinks that with the support of his trophy wife Nicole he rise to the top again. But Nicole isn’t going to stick around with ‘a loser’ and Will finds himself at rock bottom. Molly Jones is being bullied into going into a retirement home by her ‘concerned’ daughter-in-law Sherry and son Gram. Then the love of Molly’s life walks in through the door – a man who broke Molly’s heart into little pieces many years ago. But he says he’s dying and wants to spend the time he has left with her. All people are in need of a little love and compassion which they find by chance in the stationary and the teashop on the corner run by the ever cheerful Leni, a woman that site developer Shaun McCarthy finds annoying beyond annoying for her ability to remain unrealistically upbeat about everything. But is the world of Leni Merryman as full of rainbows and sparkles as everyone thinks ? Or is her smile papering over many cracks in her heart that will soon be shattered unwittingly be her new friends?
What I Think :
What a gorgeous book ! Right from the moment I started reading it I knew it would be excellent. I really didn’t want to put it down, In fact I read it in two sittings. (with one very late night !)
Such a wonderful cast of characters. It tells the story of Leni and her lovely book themed cafe. We have poor Carla who buries her husband to find that he wasn’t actually her husband at all, the lovely Molly who has family problems and a dying ex hubby, and Ryan who is Leni’s Saturday boy, to name a few. Who all come to the cafe as strangers and end up being the best of friends.
This Book tells of real life and some serious emotional issues, but it has some pretty magical moments too. I truly loved this book, and admit it did make me cry. I will be going out to buy Milly’s other books very soon.
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers Simon and Schuster for the Digital copy to read and review.