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3.5 stars. A story not soon forgotten.,
This review is from: A Time to Tell (Paperback)Set in the UK between the early 1950s and the present date, the story follows young Cara Hughes and the events which unfolded due to choices she made early in her life. Cara grew up in the small town of Huddlesea. Everyone knew everyone else. But Cara fell in love with Freddie, a stranger to the area, and a brief love affair began. It ended in tragedy and Cara jumped off Stoneleigh Cliffs, an attempt at suicide. Needless to say, Cara lived; a few months later she married Billy Edwards. Cara and Billy raise three children. Ben is the first. Cara was never sure if Ben's father were Freddie or Billy and she never told another her suspicions. It did not matter. Catherine and James were the names of their other two children. All is quiet, until Billy died due to wrecking his car. (Here I must skip quite a bit for fear of giving away spoilers.)
Ben married a lady named Margaret and had two daughters, Penny and Jemima. Ben was often in a rage and abused his wife. Before the girls were ten-years-old, Ben pushed his wife down the stairs. Believing Margaret dead, he ran, leaving his family behind. (Now I must skip again for the fear of giving possible spoilers away.)
Penny married David, who was abusive to her verbally, mentally, and physically. By now Cara had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for about thirty years. Cara had lived with Penny and David, in an upstairs room, for five years. When David hit one of their kids for the first time, Penny decides to take the children and go into hiding. Cara's estranged sister, Gloria, took over her care. Secrets began coming from all sides. Everyone seemed to have dark secrets, hidden away, never to see the light of day. But Fate brings everyone slowly together. The full truth from each person will be told, no matter how ugly. Finally they all must face the fact that it was time to tell.
**** There are many characters to keep track of in this story. I resorted to writing down names, relations, and notes. It was the only way I could keep everyone straight. My synopsis only touches the main names; however, there are about to twenty people for readers to meet and comprehend. It can be overwhelming at times. The story does not simply follow the lives of the key players. The story jumps to the past very often, giving flashbacks so readers may fully understand what is happening in the current date. My main problem with the story is that the character of Cara seemed a coward through the entire book. She is fast to give advice, insisting it be taken, but when faced with very similar circumstances, Cara is unwilling to take her own advice.
All-in-all, this story shows how important family can be, even when the worst happens. It shows that even though some lies are told and truths are hidden in the name of protecting loved ones, those same lies and omissions can come back with devastating effects. It story also shows that it is never too late to find love. Maria Savva writes tales that will remain in her readers' minds for a long time after they finish the story. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.