Back of the book :
When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She had the perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She’s always said how lucky she is. So why has she left ? And how will she survive without Vince ?
What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her new journey find the woman she once was, Imogen’s past is right behind her …
Will it catch up with her ? And will she be ready to face it if it does … ?
What I think :
Imogen is running away. Her husband, Vince has controlled her all their married life. So, when an opportunity comes up at work, for her to travel to France for a couple of days, it seems heaven sent. She once lived in France when she was a child, so she knows it well. All she wants to do is start a new life and find happiness again.
She resigns from her job and throws her mobile phone away, she cuts all ties from her previous life, all she has with her is a small bag of clothes. As she begins her new life, she relaxes and for the first time in a long time and she begins to feel happy. However its not long before her husband, Vince is on her tail. He’s not giving her up without a fight !
Will Imogen be able to continue her new life or will Vince be able to find her and convince her to go home …. ?
I always get really excited when there is a new Sheila O’Flannigan book published, I have always loved her books and probably read them all a couple of times over. So, when the lovely Frances Gough at Headline sent me a review copy of the book I was overjoyed. As usual Sheila has worked her magic and brought us a beautiful story. It really is what she does best.
This one is about a mentally abused wife getting her life back and becoming herself again. I must admit, I really couldn’t warm to the husband, Vince. I thought he was the most arrogant idiot that I’ve ever come across in a book ! and if I’m really honest Imogen’s best friend Shona wasn’t far behind. I mean what was wrong with her ? she’s supposed to be Imogen’s friend, but she seemed to be on Vince’s side more than Imogen’s. Imogen was a really strong character, Even although she’d been mentally beaten down by her husband, she still came out strong and managed to break away.
I really did like this book, however I did feel that the ending was slightly abrupt. It seemed to cut off without really finishing up properly. But it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable. I really do think that Sheila has anther hit on her hands !
I give this wonderful tale 9/10.
Published by Headline on 16/06/16.
A huge Thank you to Frances Gough at Headline for the review copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.