When I First Held You By Anstey Harris

When I First Held You By Anstey Harris

Silence tore them apart. Can the truth bring them back together?

In 1960s Glasgow, anti-nuclear activists Judith and Jimmy fall in love. But their future hopes are dashed when their protestors’ squat is raided and many, including Jimmy, are sent to prison. Pregnant and with no word from Jimmy, Judith is forced to enter an unmarried mothers’ home, give up their baby and learn to live with her grief.

More than half a century later, Judith’s Mending Shop restores broken treasures, just as Judith herself has been bound back together by her late, much-missed partner, Catherine. But her tranquillity is shattered when Jimmy―so different and yet somehow the same―reappears, yearning to unpick the painful past.

Realising they each know only half of the other’s story, Jimmy and Judith finally break the silence that tore apart what might have been their family. Amid heartbreak and hope, how much can now be mended?

My Thoughts:

This was such a beautiful story about love and loss told in such a sympathetic and thoughtful way. It made me go through all the emotions and had some of the most unexpected twists I could ever have imagined. This is story telling at it’s best. I feel as though with this book I want to keep on revisiting it and to remember it in years to come. Many things happen in this book but it taught me how even with love and loss that we can be broken and mended in time. One story that will never leave me.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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