On a leafy suburban street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. The perfect couple in every way, Stella appears to have it all. Next door, at number 72 however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad-tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her net curtains, rumour has it she’s lost it all…including her marbles if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.
But appearances can be deceiving and when Stella and Rea’s worlds collide they realise they have much in common. Both are trapped in a prison of their own making.
Has help been next door without them realising it?
I found this a very powerful novel. It is about two ladies who live next door to each other and how their lives change when they meet each other. The story took me on a emotional rollercoaster, I found both of the ladies Stella and Rea stories really sad and was willing for a happy ending. From this story I realised that you are never alone and that you never know what is going on behind closed doors.
I received an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.
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A Greek island solves all life’s problems…doesn’t it?
Winnie, Stella and Frankie have been best friends forever.
When their lives unexpectedly unravel, they spontaneously decide to buy a gorgeous B&B on a remote Greek island. Drenched in hot sun, Villa Valentina is the perfect escape from reality. But when Winnie meets Jesse, their brooding neighbour, she finds that Greece is full of its own complications – not least how attractive he is…
Meanwhile, Frankie and Stella are discovering that Villa Valentina has its own secrets – starting with the large supply of gin in the cellar and the arrival of a famous rock band. A band with one very good-looking member who just might distract Frankie from thoughts of her husband…
I wanted a nice summery read as the Summer has now gone. This book cheered me up no end. It was warm, summery, some romance and a whole lot of loving. The story centres around Winnie, Stella and Frankie and you get to find out their stories. It was light hearted and included everything you would want in a beach read.
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