Back of the book :
What can you do to make the world a better place ?
Libby and her husband Jason have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories – good and bad – that went with it.
The injured woman Libby finds lying in the remote country lane has lost her memory. She doesn’t know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her. When Libby offers to take her in, this one small act of kindness sets in motion a chain of events that will change many people’s lives …..
What I think :
Libby is married to Jason, on the face of it they have a good marriage, however as time goes on cracks begin to show. They have taken over the his parents’ B&B, the Swan Hotel in deepest Longhampton. Jason’s father has recently died and his mother can’t cope on her own. They are trying to renovate the place, which is proving to be quite time consuming.
One day just outside the B&B there is a road accident and a young woman is knocked down. She hasn’t got anything with her, no handbag, purse or phone. Nobody seems to know who she is, and its seems she’s lost her memory, so the young woman herself isn’t any help either. She’s taken to the local Hospital and kept in for treatment. Libby visits the woman in hospital and they strike up a friendship, so much so Libby names the young lady ‘Pippa’. When its time for Pippa to leave the hospital Libby takes her home to the B&B with her. Its whilst she’s there recovering she begins to remember some things about her self and her life …
This is another fabulous book from the pen of Lucy Dillon. I have always really enjoyed her books. I especially like the way that there is always a gorgeous dog in all of her books, this one is certainly no exception with the very regal ‘Lord Bob’ the beagle. and towards the end the really cute ‘Fido’.
This is such a enjoyable, easy read with plenty of well rounded, believe-able characters, Libby is such a lovely lady, all she wants to do is help people and make them happy. Even Margaret, Libby’s mother in law has her heart in the right place however grumpy she may appear at first. I did feel quite sorry for ‘Pippa’ not knowing who she is, I can’t quite imagine not knowing who I am. Lucy really manages to write Pippa’s character with just the right vulnerability. The one person however I really couldn’t like was Gethin. He really rubbed me up the wrong way.
There are really many wonderful things I could say about this this book, I could be here all day singing it’s praises, It’s such a brilliantly tender book with a really gorgeous ending, Roll on the next one is all I can say !!
I loved the idea of the ‘Tree of Kindness’ Its such a small thing but a big thing all at the same time.
I give this book a really well deserved 10/10.
Published by Hodder books on 23/04/15.
I purchased my copy from Tesco £3:85.