Mistakes We Make (Heartlands 5) Paperback – 5 Nov. 2017
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Mistakes We Make begins when Lexie decides to treat Molly to time away at Loch Melfort, a place she loves and which she had been to with Adam. The last thing they expect to find when they arrive is Adam staying with his girlfriend Sunita. From that moment both of them take stock about what has happened to their relationship. Have they gone beyond the point of no return, or is there a chance, against the odds there might be a way back? However, Molly’s planned move to a job in London and Adam’s relationship with the beautiful Sunita, makes them decide it’s too late and divorce is inevitable. As Adam sets in motion the process to end their marriage, Caitlyn Murray makes a return to his family practice. Her arrival will bring changes affecting both his and Molly’s futures, taking them in directions they had never expected.
Molly and Adam .. separated and going their individual ways. Lexie the pregnant friend. Caitlyn the young girl trying to cope with her family and wanting to better herself.
This moves quite quickly and does need concentration to follow which part you are in and whose story you are experiencing. But it flows with a passion. There are numerous events and with hindsight Molly and Adam can see that maybe they strode the wrong paths which led to the inevitable split.
Drama in the law firm cause folks to question themselves and integrity. What are you prepared to put on the line for right or wrong.
Caitlin has a rough experience which is written well and with sympathy. In general there is plenty to keep the reader absorbed and you will be rooting for one or the other.
The ending was fairly predictable but there had been many twists and turns along the way. I think it highlights we are all capable of mistakes, whether by accident or design. Love and forgiveness are qualities that would be wonderful if they could be achieved. A solid story with people you can possibly identify with, enjoyable as a lazy weekend read.
Many thanks to the author, publisher and Brook Cottage Books for my copy.
It follows the story of Molly and Adam who have separated after Molly had an affair with her best friend Lexie’s brother. Sounds like a fairly straight forward tale, however, there is far more to this story. A broken marriage, family feuds, deaths of loved ones and an underhand work colleague all make for a novel that draws you in straight away and keeps you turning the pages.
It is also the story of Caitlyn, a young woman finding her place in the world and having to make a moral decision which could affect her future.
I really liked the characterisation in this book. Molly is struggling to understand what she really wants, Adam is struggling with the break down of his marriage and one act he subsequently regrets and Caitlyn is trying to find her place in the world. All of the characters are very real and relatable and I was immediately drawn into their lives and had to know what happened to them.
Life is not always straight forward and Jenny covers some of the difficult issues that people face with insight which makes for a great read. I flew his book as the multiple story lines and Jenny’s writing are great. A lot happens but it all comes together perfectly at the end. As humans we are all prone to making choices that are not always good for us and that we come to regret later on and Jenny illustrates this perfectly and makes The Mistakes We Make very real. Despite this, it is an uplifting read that demonstrates that adversity can be overcome, it is very human to make mistakes and that sometimes what we think we want is not always what we need.
A great book - perfect to while away a quiet weekend - I will be checking out the rest of the Heartland series.
Thank you to Jenny Harper, Brooke Cottage Blog Tours for the copy in exchange for my honest opinion.