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A new unexpected family arrival
on 4 July 2014
Perfect title for this book. The story is about the sometimes devastating consequences and stresses and strains faced by families with arrival of long lost family members they know nothing about particularly when it happens when they are adults.
Years ago Annie, had a one night stand with Charles Delancey and then never heard from him again. Months later she found out she was pregnant and was somewhat coerced into giving the baby up for adoption although she didn't want to keep the baby either and has felt guilty about that ever since. Fastforward 35 years and she has a fairly stable marriage and three grown up children, with the children knowing nothing of her past. When her long lost son Daniel tries to make contact and makes an entrance, the family is torn apart with jealousies particularly on the part of the son and husband who resent Daniel's entry into their lives and what they think is Annie's obsession with him. The girls are more relaxed although a little confused. In addition to this Annie has to make contact with Charles Delancey who knows nothing of his son Daniel's existence. That in itself causes old feelings to resurface. A false accusation by Annies son's girlfriend leads to Daniel leaving. As Annie unravels the truth the family slowly call a truce. I did wonder how Annie could really now be happy with Richard after his betrayal and Charles's confession. Maybe for the sake of the children and keeping the peace?
This is a wonderful book exploring todays complex relationships and how one family deals with it . Although 'Thursdays in the Park' is my favourite Hilary Boyd book , I did enjoy this one so much too as I can't even comprehend the situation this family find themselves in.