The Dilemma – B.A.Paris.

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Back of the book :

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?


What I think :

Livia is having a huge party for her fortieth birthday.

She has planned it for years, she been putting money away every month since forever, so it’s no expense spared. There’s going to be a big tent in the garden, with decorations and so much food …  Everyone is going to be there, all their friends and family, Josh their son. The only person who can’t be there is their daughter Marnie, because she’s away studying in Hong Kong.

Adam, Livia’s husband though has managed to cook up a plan with Marnie. He’s going to fly her home as a surprise for Livia for the party, after all …

But there is a problem with this plan that Adam is oblivious to, although Livia loves her daughter dearly, she’s pretty annoyed with her right now and is quite glad that she’s not going to be at the party. Because Livia knows something about Marnie that could change everything … Forever. Livia knows that she needs to tell Adam what she knows, but not yet, not until after the party. Livia just wants to have one last evening together before everything changes ….

Then later on, in the afternoon of the party Adam also finds something out, something that he needs to tell Livia, something that will shatter their lives forever. Something that will ruin Livia’s party, the party that she has wanted for so many years. Adam decides to tell Livia after her party. He decides to let her have the party, one last lovely time before her world is shattered …

But can Adam get through the night without telling her ? He’s only got to last the party …


What an excellent book !

I was so pleased when I received a copy of this book from the publishers. I’ve read all this authors other books and I couldn’t wait to read this one.

Told from the perspectives of Adam and Livia in the lead up the party that Livia has wanted for years. It was really interesting getting to know these two main characters, I found them both a little spoilt in their own ways. Adam with his love of motorbikes, so much so that in the first years of their marriage he stole money that Livia had secretly saved for a holiday so he could buy a motorbike from a friend because he thought it was his right, and the way he was never there in those early times because he thought he couldn’t cope with being a father at such a young age, leaving Livia to shoulder the burden. Then there was Livia with her ‘I must have a big party because I never had a big wedding ‘ vibe. Both selfish in their own way. Having said that though they do seem to have redeemed themselves in later years, with both trying to save the other from heartache. I thought that this book has some really heart stopping moments, for example when Adam finds out his devastating news my heart missed a beat there for a moment and I really felt for him. It also has some pretty tender moments too, especially towards the end.

Its a well-written tale of love, friendship and loss too. It also made me wonder what I’d do if I put in the same position as what Livia and Adam are.

What I liked a lot about this particular book was the way that its quite different from any of the other books that this author has written. I was expecting a crime thriller and was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t that at all !!!

I really enjoyed this book and give it my highest award of 10/10 (5 stars)5 gold stars

Published on 09/01/20 by HQ Stories (Harper Collins)

A huge Thank you to Sophie Calder from HQ Stories (Harper Collins) for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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