Author: Susan Lewis
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Hardcover 416 pages
Release Date: 21 February 2019
I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
With a high-flying job, a beautiful apartment and friends whose lives are as happy as her own, Vivienne Shager is living the dream. Then, on the afternoon of Vivi’s twenty-seventh birthday, one catastrophic minute changes everything.
Forced to move back to the small seaside town where she grew up, Vivi remembers the reasons she left. The secrets, lies and questions that now must be answered before it’s too late. But the answers lie in thirty years in the past…
Shelley Raynor’s family home, Deerwood Farm, has always been a special place until darkness strikes at its heart. When Vivi’s and Shelley’s worlds begin to entwine, it only takes a moment for the truth to unravel all of their lives.
I have just finished this book and I feel a bit lost for words to be honest. This will be a hard review to write as such a massive part of the book is something I really can’t mention as it will spoil the story for potential readers. Instead I’ll try and focus this review on the characters and the amazingly emotive writing that the author delivers in this book.
The story focuses largely on two separate women, in two completely different time periods, and for around two thirds of the book I had absolutely no idea how these two characters could be connected.
Vivienne starts the story as one character and by the end is a completely different person to how she started out. Once you read the book you will completely understand where I’m coming from with that. What she experiences through this story is something that could move emotion in even the hardest of personalities.
Shelley and her family are the kind of characters that I would love to meet in real life and visit on their farm. They sound like such caring, kind people and above all have that strong family bond that I think everyone wants to feel.
The biggest thing for me with this book is that the author made me feel like I knew these characters personally, like they were friends of mine and I was totally invested with how their lives would turn out. The way the author drew me in like that is quite magical really. It was a hard read for me at times as some of the issues that the characters have to deal with are things I have experienced. However, the plot and the tactful way the author deals with certain aspects of the story are a credit to her writing style.
This is the first book I have read by this author and it most definitely will not not be the last!
About the Author
Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s. Following periods of living in Los Angeles and the South of France, she currently lives in Gloucestershire with her husband James, stepsons Michael and Luke, and mischievous dogs Coco and Lulu.
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