Learning to speak American – Colette Dartford – Blog Tour.

Collette Dartford


Back of the book :

Following their daughter’s tragic death, Lola and Duncan have one last chance to save their marriage – restoring a derelict house in the Napa Valley.

But when Duncan’s life begins to fall apart – and Lola’s begins to come together – can they learn to love again ?


What I think : 

Lola and Duncan’s Marriage hasn’t been the same since their daughter Clarissa died two years ago in a tragic accident. Lola is still very much grieving and Duncan refuses to speak about their daughter, he finds it too hard as he still feels very guilty, he was looking after Clarissa on the day that she died. In a bid to try and make things right between them, Duncan takes Lola to the Napa Valley in America for their twentieth wedding anniversary. Whilst there they take a tour of the wine country, they find a small wooden house that is for sale. Lola immediately falls in love with it. Duncan, in a rash moment buys it for Lola.  She spends quite a bit of time over in America, whilst renovating the building she meets the neighbours and Cain who is the estate agent. With their help, she slowly starts to come back to life …

Meanwhile, back home, things aren’t going so great for Duncan. He’s having trouble at work, two deals that were certainties suddenly fall though, and the board aren’t happy. He soon begins feeling restless and starts to sleep around with prostitutes. Then he meets Saskia. Can Lola and Duncan ever get back to what they were or is it too late …. ?

This is a heart-wrenching but lovely tale of heartbreak, grieving and new beginnings. I really liked Lola’s character. I really felt for Lola, I really can’t imagine what it must be like losing a child, its something I never want to have to go through, but I thought that Lola was very strong throughout. Duncan on the other hand I couldn’t really warm to, I felt he was quite selfish in many ways, whatever has happened to you or whatever guilt you feel, you should never cheat on your partner/spouse. Also if I’m perfectly honest, they really didn’t seem as if they were ever a compatible couple to me anyway. That said, there wasn’t much written about how they used to be before the accident, so there wasn’t much to compare it to.

There was one thing that was slightly annoying and that was the fact that you don’t find out how Clarissa’s accident happened until well into the book, about half way. As its such a big part of the book, I would have thought that you needed to find out a bit earlier than that.

All in all though, this is a fabulous debut book about moving on and new beginnings. Its very sensitive and well written, I will admit that the ending did make me shed a tear or two, so you may need a pack of tissues.

I give this lovely book 9/10 (5 stars)

5 gold stars

Published by Twenty7 on 14/07/16.

A huge Thank you to Alice Geary from Twenty7 for the review copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.
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