Back of the book :
Life in the Cornish Village of Pendruggan isn’t always picture perfect. Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she’s estranged from her mother and sister. For years she’s kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they’ve been quietly eating away at her. When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything.
Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her Grandmother. Now she’s she’s here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny’s broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn’t lie in the past at all.
What I think :
Penny is happily married to Simon the local vicar, they have year old Jenna together. Penny used to have a posh job in London as a producer, but she’s moved to Cornwall to be with Simon, she still works part time. However since having Jenna she’s been having trouble coping with being a mother, her job and life in general really. But she won’t let anyone help her.
She hasn’t spoken to her mother and her sister for years, she didn’t really have a very happy childhood, her father died when she was very young and things weren’t right since then. She and her mother had a huge row, where Penny walked out of a lunch, but she won’t tell anyone why. However, just as she thinks things can’t get any worse, she gets a phone call to say that her mother has died, its then that the family secrets coming tumbling out ….
I really like Fern’s books and was really pleased to discover a new one, especially as its set back in Penduggan village with all the lovely characters we’ve met before. Its like saying “hello” to old friends. All the familiars are in there with a few new ones thrown in for good measure. Fern has written a superb book about life, loves and losses.
I did guess the ‘Twist’ as it was, I thought quite obvious, what it was, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book whatsoever.
Although I did have one small quibble, I wasn’t quite sure about how Ella fitted into the story because we really haven’t found much about her, I really hope that there is another book on the horizon with Ella as the main character because there was no ’rounding off’ for her and there seemed to be a gaping hole at the end of the book, it just ended on a very big ‘cliff hanger’.
I give this one 9/10. (4 stars)
Published by Harper Collins on 02/06/16.
I purchased my copy from Waterstones for £12.99.