Back of the book :
It’s the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux.
But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their resentments and come together.
With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can the habits of a lifetime be changed in one week? And can Romily, a woman who thrives on adventure, cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?
What I think :
Romily is an author.
The year is 1939.
War is imminent.
On the day that Romily returns home from a European book tour, Jack, the love of her life and whom she secretly, married just a few weeks before her book tour began, has a stroke.
Jack doesn’t have much time left, he’s estranged from his three grown up children and his niece. He has instructed his long-time friend and family solicitor Roddy to bring them all home. He dearly wants to put right all the wrong things that he said and did to his sons Arthur and Kit and to his daughter and Niece, Hope and Allerga. However they have a few problems of their own.
Then Jack dies, and the will is read. They all have a huge surprise, as its not as straight forward as they’d all hoped. They can’t just claim their parts of the inheritance and leave again. In order to inherit their fathers money they have to all spend a week together at Island House. If one of them decides to leave half way through, none of them inherit. This wouldn’t be too bad in a normal family, however, as well as not getting on with their father (and Uncle) they don’t actually get on with each other.
Will the family come together in this testing time or will it all fall apart … ?
I have always loved reading Erica’s books, they are never a disappointment, and this one is no exception. As always she has written a wonderful tale of a family who have to learn to live with loss and in some cases, to forgive and learn to love again. Of finding yourself in the most unlikeliest of circumstances.
With fabulously written characters, this book was a very easy read, just what you need for these dark winter days, or perfect after a long day at work. A wonderful escape to the village of Melstead St Mary !
I loved this book and give it a well-earned 10/10 (5 Stars)
Published by Orion Publishing On 11/01/18.
A big Thankyou to Elaine Egan at Orion Publishing for the review copy of the book.