Nell is the book's leading lady, and I liked her very much. She is a single parent raising her daughter alone, yet Williams portrays this in a happy and positive way, which is nice to see when often single parents stories are often tinged with sadness and show mums struggling to raise their children alone, I was pleased that there was the chance to read a positive story like this. Nell is good at her job, but when she is suddenly made redundant she realises she has to go home to Cornwall and look after her sick mother. Nell isn't at all close to her mother, and this continues throughout the book, something a lot of women will be able to relate to I'm sure, and I feel Williams did this relationship justice.
In fact, I feel the family relationships throughout the book are well represented and I enjoyed reading them all. The relationship between Nell and her sister Heather was especially interesting to read, spoilt by the fact the younger sister is now engaged to Nell's ex boyfriend but the awkwardness of having to publically get along is still there. The arrival of Ethan, their brother added another element, especially with the addition of his wife Janet, who is desperate to get Tredower, Valerie's house after her death. The Stockdale family aren't overly close, yet through Williams' writing, you can feel the bond between them and I really enjoyed reading about it.
There is also another story running alongside the main one involving a character called April. We don't know much about her but her story is uncovered slowly as the book progresses and I didn't see the twist coming whatsoever which is fantastic - usually, I spot these things coming a mile off but I really didn't in this case so I think Williams did a good job in keeping this plot twist a secret from readers. I also have to compliment Williams on her approach towards Valerie's illness and the families reactions to the developments that happen throughout the book, it was very emotional at times but I think this was well done and a joy to read throughout.
Overall, I think this is Polly Williams' best book to date, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It made a great read because there are so many layers to this book, from Nell's parenthood, the relationship with her mother and new friendship with cafe owner Michael to Heather's relationship with Jeremy, and then Valerie's illness - there really is something in there to capture every readers attention, and it certainly made for very enjoyable reading. The writing style is fantastic, very easy to read and I found myself ploughing through the pages very quickly as I couldn't put it down. Highly enjoyable, and a perfect beach read for the summer.