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Wowza!! A beautiful book with careful etching of characters where each either pulled my heartstrings or caused me to frown in anger. Author Emma Davies was brilliant with her words. Each had the perfect imagery and the power to invoke intense emotions.
Alys was married to Hugh. Their daughter Esme had the opportunity to work at the new restaurant. But there was someone there who had links to Alys’s past. Secrets were hidden, but the time had come for the final reveal.
Having read many books by this talented author, I eagerly opened the first page and was pulled into the story like the lure of a siren’s song. Alys, though not perfect, drew my attention to her. I loved her forbearance and patience. I was sure I would not have had half of hers. There was so much love in her. Goodness shone from her even in a tough situation. I could see why all characters gravitated toward her.
The strength of a true friendship was worth its value in gold, even when it was a new one. The author brought home this fact with a couple of other characters. Throughout the book, I kept hoping that Alys eould see the truth of her life. And when she did, oh glory be!! It was powerful and filled me with awe. I cheered her on as she discovered herself. Her husband Hugh was a louse, and I loved to hate him. Never trusted his words in the entire book.
Women gave up so much in a marriage, yet nothing was more dynamic than when she stood up for herself and became who she was supposed to be. The words in the entire book were filled with power that they caused me to read the book late into the night.
One of my best midnight reads in recent times. Emma Davies has done it again. A brilliant book!!
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Tell your most devastating secret, or risk losing your only daughter…
Then: Twenty years ago, Alys’ husband, Sam, was in a terrible car accident that left him fighting for his life. His recovery was slow and painful and, just at the point when Alys began to hope, he sent her away, refusing to see her ever again for reasons she could never understand.
Now: Married again and living in a new town with a new family, Alys feels like she’s sleepwalking through life. She’s just lost her job, her grown-up daughter is flying the nest, and her new husband doesn’t see – or even seem to care about – the downward spiral she is in.
But a chance encounter changes everything. As the life she could have had crashes into the one she settled for, Alys must decide whether or not to reveal the lie she’s been telling everyone all these years. Will it tear apart the ones she loves, or could it set them free?
Publication Date: August 2020