I went into this book with a lot of anticipation. I had read very good things about it and was eagerly awaiting the moment we left for our holiday in the Lakes so I could get stuck in. (So then finding out on Twitter that this is the authors’s favourite place, made it all the more special 😊).
The story starts with Jess and the impending birth of her child. She is waiting nervously for the arrival of her partner who turns up a little too late. We then jump forward 10 years to see that Jess is preparing to go to France with her son, evidently to meet up with her estranged partner.
The narrative then flits between the present as Jess and her son William arrive in France, the history of Jess and Adam’s relationship and also revisits some childhood memories from Jess.
The tension between Jess and Adam is palpable from the start. We get a picture of Adam from the mind of Jess. An unreliable cheater, who has no relationship with his son and has let Jess down one time too many.
Other characters, their friends from university also arrive in France adding different dynamics to the story as well as some of the other guests at the holiday cottages, one of whom has a thing for Jess… There’s also the complication of Adam’s current girlfriend who works at the holiday accommodation.
The book touches on tragedy and sadness involving Jess and her mum. We see from the outset that she is unwell in a home, largely being taken care of by her husband (Jess’ dad). This illnesses is explored and some of these heartbreaking moments brought tears to my eyes.
The revisiting of Jess and her childhood gives us a glimpse of the close bond between Jess and her mother which is obviously very special and explains the reasons behind the decisions Jess is currently making in her life.
As the relationship in the present time between Adam and Jess is brought to the fore once again in France, the strong emotions of the story envelope you. You are caught up in the heartbreak, deception, forgiveness and ultimately the love.
This is such a beautiful and heartbreaking story filled with the expectation that all is not lost. It had me hooked from the first chapter. Its exploration of relationships and how they can be restored was what I enjoyed most about this book. It illustrates throughout that things aren’t always as they first appear. This is a book that I encourage you to pick up- you will fall in love with it as I did.
This beautiful book has stayed with me and probably will do a for a while yet.
100%, wholeheartedly recommend.
Until next time,