Back of the book :
Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire, chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for the saddle, she is living the country dream.
Except that it isn’t really her dream. It’s her husband David’s. And David is, well, rather dead now.
Then a distant relative of her late husband kicks the bucket, leaving a London townhouse in her possession, and Molly dares to consider chucking it all in. Quitting the Good Life and going back to her good life.
But there is a problem. In the shape of a man already living in Molly’s new house. And when a face appears from her past, Molly is more confused than ever.
Will Molly’s London dream replace her muddy reality ? Do any of the men in her life really have honourable intentions ? And has she said goodbye to the country too soon ?
What I think :
Molly and David moved to the Herefordshire around five years ago. It was David’s dream to move to the country from the hustle and bustle of London. The only trouble is, that after only living his ‘dream’ for five and a half weeks, David had a car accident and died, leaving Molly and their three children, Lucy, Minna and Nico. Ever since David’s death Molly has struggled to make ends meet. What with running the farm, feeding the animals, Turning her hand at selling the oddest things and fending off the bailiff’s (even although her particular Bailiff, Tia is lovely) she realises that something needs to give.
Then out of the blue, David’s uncle Cuthbert dies, and seeing as she’s the only living relative left on David’s side of the family, it seem’s she’s inherited his house in London and quite a bit of money. She’s quite undecided on what to do for the best. Does she sell the farm and move to London, or does she Sell the house in London and do up the farm ?
There is however, a sticky point, there is a older gentleman already living at the house and how does the handsome Felix fit into the whole thing ? When a face from her distant past returns into her life, bringing secrets she though she’d buried with David, she’s more confused than ever. What’s Molly to do ?
I’m so pleased about this book, it seems far too long since Catherine published a new one. It was really worth the wait as this book is quite fabulous.
I really loved Molly’s character, she was so down to earth and normal, Her life mirrors half of the populations, apart from the inheritance of course ! It has some really excellent laugh out loud moments as well as some serious moments too. The relationship between Holly and her daughters is quite typical, however I did find Nico slightly spoilt. And don’t get me started on felix, I really didn’t like him at all !!
I really wanted to be Holly’s friend and try and help her through all those important choices she had to make. I also thought it was a fabulous ending too. Like I said at the start of this review this book was a long time coming but really worth the wait. I really hope the next one isn’t quite as long !
I give this really excellent yarn about love and family a really well-earned 9/10.
Published by Penguin (Michael Joseph) on 09/03/17.
I purchased my copy of the book from Waterstones £9.99.