I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It spoke to the dysfunctional nature of families. Even the most stable families can be a tad dysfunctional on the inside.
The characters were all fully developed and people who I enjoyed meeting via the printed page.
“Were all families the same, Bel wondered: existing in a delicate state of checks and balances, compromise and negotiation?”
The settings were deftly described and easily imagined by the reader. The beautiful Irish landscape near the sea and the suburban Liverpool locale separated the narrative into two linked stories featuring different members of the same family in 2010. There is also a backstory set in 1981.
With themes of loss, forgiveness, self doubt, familial obligation, the complications inherent in step-families, parenthood, and fate, I am very confident that this novel will be enjoyed by many. Highly recommended to those who enjoy quality women’s fiction and/or a great family saga.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Head of Zeus/Aria via NetGalley in order that I might participate in the Aria Blog Tour for this title.
ISBN: 9781788547321 ASIN: B07TLCVD6H
Penny Feeny has lived and worked in Cambridge, London and Rome. Since settling in Liverpool many years ago she has been an arts administrator, editor, radio presenter, advice worker, and has brought up five children. Her short fiction has been widely published and broadcast and won several awards. Her first novel, That Summer in Ischia, was one of the summer of 2011’s best selling titles.