Back of the book :
‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’
It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.
Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.
But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . .
What I think :
I want to start by saying what a really gorgeous cover this book has, a lovely sky blue with gold writing and the most adorable little gold sausage dog. (Mine was a Review copy so i’m not sure if the actual published copy will be the same)
This lovely book has some really lovely characters and as I mentioned before a beautiful little sausage dog called Rudy, who at first seems to be scared of everything – bless him. It covers some really serious issues, like loss of a loved one ( almost straight away, which got me reaching for the tissues quite early on ! ) but also love and friendship, which lets face it we all need in our life. It really makes you sit back for a minute and think about things. But having said that its also really warm and touching at the same time.
I have always really enjoyed and looked forward to Lucy’s book’s and I really adored this one from start to finish.
Go and buy it now !
I give this one a very well-earned 10/10.
Published by Bantam Press (Penguin Books) on 19/04/18.
A huge Thank you to Becky Short at Transworld books for the Review copy.