1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame―and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.
2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss―the hope, the trust, the joy―Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.
Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story about Bessie, we see Bessie as a young girl and then in the present as a older lady. Amanda’s books have a way that draws you in and makes you feel involved in the story. I liked how it goes from the past and present as we really see how Bessie grows up, I loved all the characters and the well thought out plot, it was a heartbreaking story that had me in tears as you truly never know what goes on behind closed doors. I think the story taught me that actions do have consequences and that you never really know what people are going through unless you are going through the same thing. Amanda’s books are brilliant and I look forward to the next book.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.
Can I just say how stunning the cover of this book is. The purple is so eye catching and pretty. I have not read many of Amanda’s books and am starting to ask myself why. Tissues are definitely needed with this book, I cried at the beginning, Amanda has a way with her words that are sympathetic and heart felt. I felt as through this book was true to life and couldn’t ever imagine what Nina goes through but it happens. I felt as though I really cared for Nina and her boys and was willing them to get back up and find their feet. A truly beautiful read.
I was given a advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.
She would have a career and travel the world. She would own a house on the beach, and spend long nights with her boyfriend strolling under the stars.
But life had other ideas. First Martha came along, then Jonty. Then her mother moved in, and now their little terrace is bursting at the seams.
Jacks gave up on her dreams to look after her family. If only, just for once, her family would look after her…
Not having read any of Amanda’s books before I wasn’t sure what to expect. So in this story we meet Jacks who has two kids called Martha and Jonty and a husband called Pete. Not only does she run the house she also cares for her mother who has dementia. The story is told from the past and present and you get a bigger picture of what life was like for Jacks when she was younger. Be ready for lots of surprises that you would never have guessed in this emotional but beautifully told story. I sure am looking forward to reading more of Amanda’s books.