Back of the book :
From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.
But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.
As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.
But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home, especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.
Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.
Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .
What I think :
Any one looking in at author Lucy’s life they would think that she had it all, married to charming husband, Michael who is a theatre critic, beautiful children Ned and Imo and a lovely home. But that isn’t the case, things are very different behind those closed doors. So when her marriage to the ‘charming’ Micheal comes to an sudden end, (well, Michael actually dies) and her life is turned inside out, she’s at a loss at what to do. Especially as the truth about what her marriage is actually like is threatening to come out. Then she has a chance to swap all of that for the rural Chilterns at her parents farm, she jumps at it. However her parents aren’t your standard sensible elderly couple, they’re more like a couple of delinquents with a drink problem !! So then the fun begins !
Whilst grieving, trying to keep her parents under control and sort out what’s left of her own life she runs into an old flame.
Lucy is also hiding a big secret of her own, so what will Lucy do ?
I really enjoyed this book as I always do with this authors other books, they are emotional, funny but always true to life. Her characters are ones you can really relate to. I really liked Lucy’s character and really felt for her in places.
The story goes back and forth between now and past times with the family at home. It’s very much about what family life is like and touches on some really relevant subjects like domestic abuse and starting over and of course parents that refuse to grow old gracefully !!
As I said at the start, I thought this book was a brilliant, heartwarming tale. It was a quite nice change from the crime thrillers I tend to read these days !!
I give it a very well earned 9/10. (5 Stars )
Published on 04/03/21 by Micheal Joseph. (Penguin Random House)
The biggest thank you as always to Sriya Varadharajan from Michael Joseph for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review.