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This certainly is a melancholy book, but of course it has reason to be. It is about a very big mistake that was made when the main character was 16 or 17 years old. Towards the beginning of the book I could have sworn she said she was 17, but then at the end of the book she says she was 16, so 16 or Regardless we certainly do make mistakes at that age, and hers was a mistake that would last a lifetime.
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It is a slow moving story and so many pages could have been eliminated. It was a book abou This certainly is a melancholy book, but of course it has reason to be. It was a book about how to come to terms with what she did so very long ago and the lasting effects it has on people even after all these years. How does a woman learn to live with a secret that has been buried for more than thirty years? Not just any old secret, one that makes her heart pound with fear whenever she considers the truth coming out!
In where we meet a woman who has everything she could have wished for: a loving husband, a daughter she is proud of, a beautiful house and job where she helps others less fortunate than herself, but when she believes she may have seen someone from long ago, she is scared, and then the tel How does a woman learn to live with a secret that has been buried for more than thirty years?
In where we meet a woman who has everything she could have wished for: a loving husband, a daughter she is proud of, a beautiful house and job where she helps others less fortunate than herself, but when she believes she may have seen someone from long ago, she is scared, and then the telephone starts ringing…. The secret she is desperate to keep has its roots in the sweltering hot summer of when following the death of her mother the teenager leaves Cornwall for the bright lights of London where she meets a motherly woman just a couple of years older than herself who offers her a room in the squat she inhabits with her partner in Hastings.
Susan Elliot Wright weaves a tale that will make you question, every step of the way, what would I do? The author spun a story that I invested in, all the while rooting for the motherless teenager while knowing that in the future the consequences of the hot summer would be bought to bear on a life that had been fought for. I could taste the melting ice-creams as our protagonist grows up alongside her new found friends.
If anything, this is even better than her last book. I absolutely loved this read and it is one that makes me wish that I was better at gushing over books, because it really is one that I have the urge to gush over. It is a very poignant story about a woman who is happily married with a daughter and new grandson to dote over.
She has spent years burying her past, but now someone wants her to reveal her secret, no matter the cost to herself. The story is told on two timelines. In Sheffield in we follow our heroine as she works through the dilemma she finds herself in and tries to decide whether or not to tell all.
If she does it will destroy her life — her marriage, everything she cherishes in life is at stake. Not to mention what it would do to her daughter who is showing the signs of post natal depression. The secret itself is revealed slowly throughout the book as we turn to Hastings in I loved this part of the book.
It was so evocative that I could almost feel the heat and smell the sea. I loved the detail of life in , especially the way the author snuck in the cost of things like a bag of chips or a pint of beer. It is the story of the relationship between three people during that summer, a relationship that will have a knock on effect for our main character throughout the rest of her life, in more ways than one.
It is actually quite easy for the reader to work out what the secret is, as the author has dropped hints in the story almost right from the start but I still found it absolutely compelling reading. I just had to know if I was right and, if so, how it all came about. It is a very poignant tale, very moving at times and I really felt a connection with all the female characters in the book. A thoroughly enjoyable, compelling read dealing with motherhood, friendship and most of all — guilt, that moves gently and at the same time is absolutely spellbinding.
Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC in return for an unbiased review. Sep 02, Jo rated it it was amazing. I couldn't wait to read this latest offering from the wonderful Susan Elliot Wright, having read her first novel in the space of twenty four hours. I wasn't disappointed. I'm so glad I saved it for my holiday. I guessed Jo's secret very early on, but this didn't spoil my enjoyment. Part of the novel is set in when a man from the past comes back into the narrator's life and she has the dilemma of whether to divulge her shameful secret to her husband and daughter.
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Her daughter is suffering fr I couldn't wait to read this latest offering from the wonderful Susan Elliot Wright, having read her first novel in the space of twenty four hours. Her daughter is suffering from post-natal depression, so there is even more at stake.
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The scenes set in were my favourite. I remember that hot summer so well. I was a similar age to her character, Jo and I have the same name!! Fortunately, unlike Jo, both of my parents were alive and well. As a teenager Jo moves from her small Cornish town to London, where she hopes to find a job and start a new life. However, things aren't as simple as that and she soon runs out of money.
Eve rescues her and takes Jo back the squat she shares with her boyfriend, Scott in Hastings. We get a real sense of a seaside town in summer as well as the bohemian lifestyle the three characters share. I remember my parents also watering plants with washing up water due to the water shortage.
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There were so many 70s references like the price of groceries, Double Diamond, cheesecloth shirts and Cheeselets! A real nostalgia fest for those of us who remember that era. The scene at the end of the 70s section of the book is heartbreakingly sad. I could say so much more about this novel, but I don't want to spoil it for new readers. It's a novel I will re-read and savour. Susan Elliot Wright's storytelling and empathy for her characters is second to none. Her prose style is almost perfect. She has become one of my all-time favourite authors and I can't wait for her next book.
Should all secrets be told Sometimes the past is best left n the past but there are times when the truth must come out.tandocanan.tk
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This story displays this in a very thought provoking way. I enjoyed this one a lot more than I expected to - I was expecting a run-of-the-mill family secret type story The central theme is motherhood, what it means to be somebody's mother, what difference it makes if someone is not actually the biological mother of their child. It was beautifully descriptive, especially the section set in Hastings during the heatwave I am reasonably familiar with Hast I enjoyed this one a lot more than I expected to - I was expecting a run-of-the-mill family secret type story I am reasonably familiar with Hastings and I myself have visited after many years absence and gone in search of where I had stayed before many years earlier, so I could visualise all of this really well.
I have known people very much like Eve, so it all rang true for me. I loved the structure of the book in the end at first I got frustrated with it jumping back in time, even though this is a very familiar technique in the kinds of books I read, this time I just wanted to carry on with the 'present day' story initially I would love to read more from this very talented author. Aug 31, Dr Joy rated it really liked it Shelves: 3-and-a-half-stars-orout-of , library-van-returned.
I'm really finding this one difficult to review. I like the premise and the intrigue behind how the events of influenced what happens in , but we just didn't click. I didn't struggle to finish it and never contemplated giving up, quite the opposite, I found it an easy read with a good flow, I just didn't particularly become attached to any of the characters which is important for me. There were little incidents that happened that I didn't understand why they were included, such as Jo un I'm really finding this one difficult to review.
There were little incidents that happened that I didn't understand why they were included, such as Jo underselling the earrings. I'm not sure I'll remember the plot too much but I do admire the amount of work the author put into researching s Hastings as it came across as vivid and authentic.
Dec 31, Rayna Vanderbosch rated it liked it. Good page turner, easy read. Kept reading since it was an easy read and I was curious to see a. Overall good read, liked the story and it was well written, loved the characters. I really liked this book. I fell in love with the characters especially Eve.
I didn't like how sad the ending was but for the most part the story was excellent. I never really know what to say in these other than how I felt about the book because I feel like if I tell about the book I'm going to give too much away. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Sep 23, Kerrie Layton Box rated it really liked it. A very easy read. I'd have happily given it 4 stars if I hadn't guessed the secret quite early on and if the prose had been a little more challenging but it was still a pleasure to read and very 'pick upable'.
The reveal towards the end is so devastating I had to read to the last word despite how late it was. You might figure out some of the story as you read on, and as much as you want to know, you also don't, and nothing will prepare you for the truth. Very good book, recommended author.