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Top Customer Reviews
This book is beautiful and has at it's heart a wonderful trio of people - Jed, Oriana and Malachy. A little mystery, a little sadness, a lot of regret and a wonderful house. Like many of North's books, familiar faces from previous stories are also within and I had a joyful reunion with Cat McCabe and Django. I read it in 2 days and think I'm going to go back and read it again immediately.
Eighteen years later after a disastrous love affair, she returns to England and moves in with her mother -the impossibly narcissistic and mean Rachel - now leading a life of dull respectability with Oriana's mild mannered stepfather Bernard.
Oriana doesn't really know Bernard thanks to her mother keeping them apart, but fast realises that he is a lovely man who covers her back as her life becomes more difficult.
Brothers Jed and Malachy who grew up alongside Oriana in the commune where freedom was king, have heard nothing from her since she disappeared. But both have spent years comparing all other women unfavourably to her and wondering wistfully whether she might return.
When she eventually does,their relationship implodes and Oriana must confront the past she has run away from so desperately and work out who she is. It is far from an easy process, but gripping from the start.
The plot seems promising enough. Oriana is an architect who grew up in an artists' commune in Derbyshire. After an unspecified tragedy she went out to the States to study for her degree and work - now, some years on, she is back after a miserable love affair with a married man, determined to return to Derbyshire and face her past. When she returns to the commune (now converted into various comfortable flats) old memories resurface, and she finds herself - as when she was a teenager - caught in a love triangle with the brothers Malachy and Jed (there's a lot of very strange names in this book), the two boys whose kindly Danish mother and writer father befriended Oriana in the commune, and helped protect her from the excesses of her unstable American mother Rachel and her eccentric painter father Robin. Which brother will she choose - and what will happen when she finally confronts her big secret?
Frankly, after 100 leisurely pages of discussions between Oriana and her stepfather Bernard about whether she should have cod or fishcakes for tea and what was the best brand of cigarettes, dissections of every stage of Oriana's friend Cat's pregnancy and exactly what she wanted to eat in the final weeks of it, and leisurely flirtations between Oriana and (in turn) Malachy and Jed, I couldn't care. North could certainly have done something with this plot, but to me it seemed both horribly bland and completely unbelievable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put this down as I was completely absorbed in the story from start to finish. Thank you Freya NorthPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was disappointed but had just read The Turning Point which I loved. So maybe I was doing some unfair comparisons. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MarianneRC
Have just started reading Freya North books, this is my second and absolutely loved it. Such great characters and story line's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mandy keenan thomson
Would it be fair to say that most of us have people around us (even if only small in number) who are either family or friend? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca
A story of young love that over time grew stronger but neither knew it was there. A smooth storyline with great characters that relate to other books from author.Published 6 months ago by shezza OB
The first Freya North book which didn't keep me engrossed. I have already read all the books Pip etc. Read morePublished 6 months ago by marion shaw
A very well written and thought out book. As events unfolded, I found myself wondering how the story could have a satisfactory and credible outcome, but it did. An engrossing read.Published 7 months ago by Verity
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