Great Read, full of twists and unexpected turns. I read on holiday on the day of the Wimbledon 2013 final and missed the final as I stayed out by the pool reading, couldn't put it down! Really looking forward to her next book.
At the tender age of 17, Susan found herself in love with a man she planned to spend the rest of her life with. Her rival had other intentions and managed to snag him from right under her nose. Instead of using every tool to her advantage, she loved him enough to let him go but never forgot him. What followed was a decision which would lay heavy with her for years but a chance encounter with a young man who needed a place to stay would bring her former lover back in to her life in a most unexpected way with consequences for her and his family which are far beyond anything either of them could have imagined.
Charlotte is in love with Neal who tells her he adores her. Like Susan, she sees a lifetime of happiness ahead of her. There are two things she doesn’t yet know about him though…both which will devastate her and destroy all her dreams.
This is one of those books which I can’t write much about the story without giving away vital clues to the plot. I have to say neither Chris (Susan’s husband) or Neal appealed to me much. Both had characteristics which would make any audience boo. Chris is one of those men which leaves the modern woman wondering how our sisters in years gone by put up with such macho nonsense. Neal’s behaviour shows times haven’t changed that much. Although neither of the men were that likable to me personally I did like the way the author worked with their complex personalities and gave them both such depth of character.
The women in this novel come across as strong and both Susan and Charlotte try to do the right things by the men they love. There has always been a very clear divide between what being in love means to men and women. And yet there is Jonathan, who at first comes across as the villain of the piece but, in fact, he was also trying to do the right thing, sacrificing himself and his love for Susan to a woman who manipulates him into marrying her.
This is a novel which is stacked like a line of dominoes. Over the years each lie is laid down by the characters in this family saga until years down the line some coincidence occurs which knocks the first domino into the second and it all falls apart. Well crafted, with an excellent build up, the author kept me guessing about the conclusion right up until the end. An enjoyable and intelligent read about human flaws, human nature and how far we will go for love.
Although this is a trilogy, this first book is very much a stand alone read and reaches a satisfying conclusion.
I found this book very enjoyable and the characters well rounded. Heather has a mature style of writing that makes reading her work not only effortless but also a joy. I read this book in less than a day since the chapters were constructed in such a way that you were always hungry for the next. There were also plenty of twists that I rarely saw coming. The only criticism I have is that there were too many clichés such as ‘the smell of flowers filled the air’ and such like. This may not bother some people but it got on my nerves a bit. Apart from this one small issue the book is definitely one I’d have no trouble recommending and I’ll certainly be looking out for the sequel.
A very enjoyable easy read that is full of twists and turns. I have just read this book for the second time before I started to read the author's new book. This is something I rarely do but I enjoyed the book every bit as much second time around!