Review by Sheila Grant
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 14th October 2021
ISBN: 978 -147119899 HB
With a variety of interesting and believable characters, this book will strike a chord with women everywhere.
Shay, is a strikingly pretty woman with an apparently perfect life. Husband Bruce is hard working and provides a decent standard of living for his wife and two children. Like many mothers Shay tends to worry about her children’s health, their lives away from home and their behaviour. Bruce brushes such worries aside, seemingly so absorbed in his work that family matters pass him by. Despite having a working from home job Shay still has time to care for her mother whose health is failing. Older sister Paula has a ‘high powered and pressurised job’ so is unable or unwilling to be of much assistance. A common situation when one member of a family shoulders all the caring for both the previous generation and the following one with no recognition, and little reward. Bruce appears blind to just how much his wife spends caring for them all.
When the inevitable breaking point occurs Shay is devastated. How will she cope with bereavement and disloyalty? The trauma of an event in her youth still haunts her. Can she move on again?
Shay is an example of the ‘sandwich generation’ pressed on all sides and expected to give and not receive. A beautifully drawn character and the focus of this heart warming romance with whom readers cannot fail to empathise.
The personalities in this novel are so well contrasted and realistic, and all too familiar.
The writing flows smoothly with tight dialogue. However I felt it was slightly overwritten and on occasion repetitive. Some events were predictable but it is a really good tale and very relevant to the way life is in families at present.
A nice read that ends with great satisfaction.