My Rating: 4/5
Synopsis: How would you cope with the threat of losing someone you love? Josie Clark is a loving wife and mother. She and her husband Jeff don’t have much and it’s often difficult to make ends meet. But Josie will do anything to protect her family and keep them safe. Bel Monkton is a successful property developer, living in a beautiful house by the sea. She seems to have everything going for her, but she’s lonely. And she’s let the shadows from her past cloud her future. Josie’s life couldn’t be more different to Bel’s. But three years ago, tragedy tore Bel’s life in two. Now it’s happening to Josie. And faced with uncertainty and heartbreak, they come to treasure their growing friendship.
Kat’s Review: I have been reading Susan Lewis for many years and the majority of the time I love her books. Many of them are moving and downright sad but they still make for an excellent (albeit a little more serious) read. This latest book’s synopsis if I’m being honest is a little vague and rather than add any plot spoilers I will say very little in the way of plot too. However, I think it needs to be said that this book features heavily on cancer suffering, which is something that maybe a few people would rather not stomach. With that said, I cannot think of a better author to tell this story as she has done it with sympathy and clearly a huge amount of research.
Josie Clark and her husband are struggling to make ends meet but they just about manage. Her and her husband Jeff don’t always agree on family decisions that may or may not involve their two grown up children but they clearly love each other and want to make the best out of everything. Josie was a likeable character and in a strange way so was the stubborn and gruff husband Jeff. Her two children are at very different stages in their lives and it added another layer to the story.
We also meet Bel Monkton whose life couldn’t be more different to Josie and Jeff’s. Her house is beautiful but she is extremely lonely. Thankfully her niece and nephew fill her time but they also distract her from the real issues she has. I also really liked Bel and thought she was a really interesting character to read about.
The two women will eventually meet and forge a lifelong friendship. The journey there is a tough one and also pretty emotion filled (so keep the tissues handy if you are a weeper!). The main focus of this story revolves around family and friendship and if I’m honest could be any number of people out there. I loved this latest book although it is also extremely sad. An absolutely absorbing read and as always I will look forward to another Susan Lewis.