As I finished James Naughtie I was so close to the holiday period that I realised I might not finish another book so it was Kindle time. https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/book-41-the-madness-of-july-james-naughtie/
I decided on this book as I had enjoyed her first book “Thursday’s in the Park” & I wanted in the run down to the holidays to read a book that was like putting on a old and favourite pair of slippers. You both are immediately comfortable with one another and can relax into each others company straight away. I relaxed so much that I read it the weekend before we left almost in one greedy gulp.
It’s a story of a women in her 50’s who seems to have the perfect life. Runs her own catering firm. Happy marriage. Children who are close to each other and their parents. No money worries. But as a teenager she got pregnant and her mother made her give her son up for adoption. She’s never forgotten him or forgiven her mother. In the opening chapter a letter arrives her first born is looking to meet his birth mother.
She meets him. Introduces him to her family bar her mother. Initially on the surface all is well but the can of worms she has opened can’t be undone. Sibling rivalries spill over. Her husband struggles with a boy who isn’t his and lives fall apart.
A book that looks at relationships between siblings, a mother and her children. A wife and husband. A unexpected half brother and step son. A daughter and her mother.
Given I read this so quickly you can tell I enjoyed it. My only criticism is that the author Hilary Boyd obviously likes catering and swimming. As in both books her main character run catering firms and swim lots. Would have liked more differentiation but as I say a book like a loved pair of slippers is not a bad thing. Having read it so quickly though I put down the kindle and took up a book. Which I haven’t completed but I did decide that 4 weeks of the kindle was just too much for me. Even if the book I was reading was non fiction. A book if I can always beats a kindle.