About the Book
When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she’s delighted to have one last message from her . . . until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth. Brimming with questions, she travels to York to seek further answers from the Mortimer family, but her appearance sends shockwaves through them all.
Meanwhile, Robyn Mortimer has problems of her own. Her husband John has become distant, and a chance remark from a friend leads Robyn to wonder exactly what he’s not been saying. Dare she find out more?
As for Bunny, she fell head over heels in love with Dave Mortimer when she first arrived in town, but now it seems her past is catching up with her. She can’t help wondering if he’ll still feel the same way about her if he discovers who she really is – and what she did.
As secrets tumble out and loyalties are tested, the Mortimers have to face up to some difficult decisions. With love, betrayal and dramatic revelations in the mix, this is one summer they’ll never forget.
What I thought
I wonder how many reviews of this book will start out with “I have something to tell you”, but I really do – that this is probably Lucy Diamond’s best book yet. Admittedly I haven’t read them all, there are a lot, but out of the ones I have read this one surpasses them all.
I whizzed through this story, there literally was never a dull moment. When secrets are kept, they will at some point in time come out and there’s quite a few secrets popping out of the woodwork in this book.
It centres mainly around the women of the family with each one of them either having something to tell or are at the receiving end of some not so well kept secret.
All of varying ages and different generations each of the women in the family is the victim of heartbreak, loss, abuse or betrayal, or even all four. At times it was quite a tense read, as you really do feel for the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I liked them all and wanted things to work out well for them.
Frankie lives with Craig and his little boy Fergus. Frankie is happy until she reads a letter left to her after her Mum’s death. The letter reveals something she’s often wondered about. It’s not her only problem though, when a stranger from the past threatens to shatter Frankie’s happy, ready made family.
Then there’s Jeanie and Harry celebrating their Golden wedding anniversary at the beginning of the book. After 50 years you’d think they’d be happy and they were…..
These are just two of the women amongst a host of others, all with their own life changing events to deal with. I’m not telling any more, you have to read it. It’s brilliant and I couldn’t wait to turn the pages to see what happened next. I promise you, you’ll want to reach out and give each one of them a hug.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s made me want to read some of Lucy’s later books that I’ve never read because if they’re as good as this one, then I’ve been missing out.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
The Kindle and Hardback of this book are due to be published on 24 January 2019 and are available to pre-order now on Amazon
Thank you to Macmillan via Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review.