My goodness, this book review is well over due. This was one of the first books I read this year and I absolutely loved it. I’ve often spoken about how contemporaries are one of my favourite genres, and this book is the perfect example of why that is.
The book opens with a mystery itself. And, as much as I’ve tried, I cannot summerise what happens in this book without fear of spoiling something for you in case you choose to pick up this little beauty. So, I’ve decided I am going to resort to the book’s own blurb so I don’t ruin it. (Maybe one day I’ll be able to review a book without this fear. Maybe not):
When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she’s delighted to have one last message from her … until she reads teh 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 send shockwaves through them all.
Meanwhile, Robyn Mortimer has problems of her own. Her husband John has become distant, and a chance remark from a friends leads Robyn to wonder extacty 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 wondeirng if he’ll still feel the same way about her if he iscovers 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 found so endearing about this book was its heartwarming writing style. The characters appear so honest as a result that you are automatically invested in their lives. Each character is so different and the troubles they are trying to cope with are each so diverse that, the moment you leave a chapter from one character’s point of view, you can’t wait to check back in with them.This is one of those books where the characters seem so real to you that they stay with you long after you have closed the last page.
I won’t lie, I’ve read a lot of romance books. But what I like about this novel is that, although it is about love, it is about familial love and searching for your own identity within that love. You experience what it means to be in a family from every aspect, and it shows just how important those bonds could be. You become so desperate to see the characters returned to each other that you just can’t help but race to the end.
Lucy Diamond has managed to capture a wealth of life experiences within this novel, and you can’t help but find yourself tutting and sighing and crying along with these characters. I found I couldn’t stop reading this book and devoured it in a matter of days. If you are looking for a heartwarming read about life, I would 100% recommend this book.