Nearly gave up on this book . Got second breath and gave it a chance thinking that if it didn't pick I would just give up. Glad I read on as it proved to be a good read after all. Once you managed to understand the mother / daughter relationship it opened the book up.
Reflected on the role reversal of an widowed mother and daughter . The struggles they have to face when the child grows into the role of being the carer. Taking over as temporary "parent" to misplaced mother. Both grown women able people in their own rights and able to manage their lives apart from each other. But due to unseen circumstances are thrown together. Having to face challenges of adapting to new way of living when the mother moves in with the daughter and her son. This proves to be a testing time for all involved as relationships are put to the test. Put together with all the boring things that every day life brings it adds fresh pressures in the family unit. A factor that's is happening in families all over the world.
Enjoyed this book as it went on to how they restructured their places within the family unit. An every day book that reflects on life and how one thing happening has consequences on not just that one person but all those around them.
'My mother has just the two modes of operation. Either slightly dramatic or seriously dramatic. That this is the latter means just the one thing. That my day is about to get worse...' And for single mum, Abbie, life is complex enough. So once her eldest son, Seb, has gone on his gap year, she's decided it's time to make changes. She's just left her old job and started a new one (to escape the gorgeous man-who-turned-out-to-be-married), and is planning some space for herself at long last. But fate seems to have something else in mind for Abbie, in the shape of her demanding and incorrigible mother, whose feckless fourth husband, Hugo, has just died. Temporarily in a wheelchair after a recent knee op, Diana - retired TV fitness icon and dancer - will need looking after, so will have to move in. Still, Abbie tells herself - gritting her teeth - it won't be for more than a few weeks...However, Abbie hasn't figured on the sudden arrival of Hugo's 20 years' estranged son. A suave TV Weatherman, Gabriel Ash not only owns the deeds to what they thought was Hugo's house, but also has plans of his own...
About the Author
Lynne Barrett-Lee is the author of five novels and was selected to be part of the Quick Reads Initiative with her book, Secrets. She writes a weekly column for the Western Mail and has had numerous short stories published in woman's magazines. Lynne lives in Cardiff with her husband and three children