I have read many Pamela Evans novels and have always thoroughly enjoyed them - these are the sort of novels that should be turned into Sunday afternoon watching, they are easy, they hold the reader and you can guarantee that all will come right in the end despite the ups and downs along the way.
There are certainly a lot of ups and downs in this book, deaths, unhappy marriages, class division (although this isn't a strong theme through the book, but merely hinted at), love, laugheter and youful despair.
Molly Hawkins is a strong character who has had to face the possible stigma of an illegimte daughter, a subsequent loveless and unhappy marriage, the loss of a friend but it is all coupled with the joy of sharing in a place she enjoys working and the delight in finding true love but only through a difficult and fraught journey to get there.
Hattie and her sons Billy and Josh, and there transformation from being a womaniser (the former) and an 'angry young man' (the latter) show how all their lives change when tragedy effects them and these are strong developing characters in the book.
Brian wants to make you scream and you hope if there was justice in this world he would get his comeuppance, by the end of the book he certainly has been taken down a peg or two (though it is quite easy to guess how and why)!
If you are looking for a good read, something to get lost in but nothing that requires deep thought then this is the book for you.
on 3 January 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It makes for pleasurable, laidback, and captivating reading. It's done in quite a flowery style, with lots of great language. This is the second book by Pamela Evans I've read so far, and they're very much done in similar styles, I look forward to enjoying another one of hers soon. Definitely makes for a great read!