After a car crash which kills a young mum the survivors must move on in any way they can. April is killed while her son Sam survives, after their car is involved in a crash with Isabelle, who is leaving an unhappy marriage. While the premise is very sad, Sam and his dad Charlie are able to draw strength from the closeness of their relationship. When Sam develops a fascination with Isabelle Charlie tries to stop it, but eventually ends up falling for the woman who killed his wife. The emotions all three characters feel due to this situation are interesting and complex, and make for fascinating reading.
The moral dilemma is simplified for the reader as we learn more about April, and why she was on the road that day. The wife and mother Charlie had hoped she was gradually gets broken down to a lonely, damaged woman who handled her life the only way she knew how.
The book is a modern love story, of falling in love as a family when you're a single parent, and the three way balance required to make a relationship work when there is a child involved. The book balances the love story with exploring individual characters wants and desires, and how ultimately those wants lead to a great misunderstanding.
I really enjoyed this story, it is skilfully written with loveable but human characters. The author is adept at painting a clear and easily understandable narrative, with scenes which jump off the page.
The message this book left me with is that you should never leave something unsaid for fear of being embarrassed, as it just might be a mistake you don't even know you should regret. The ending seemed sad to me, and while I know in real life nothing ever wraps up neatly, I do like my fiction to do so.