“Fen works in a bookshop and is devoted to her young son, Connor, but she keeps herself to herself. Haunted by guilt and a terrible secret, Fen lives a compromised life, isolated from her family, far from home and too afraid of the past to risk becoming close to anyone. She is constantly looking over her shoulder, knowing that one day the truth will catch up with her. Sean, on the other hand, is enjoying a seemingly perfect life. He has a successful career, lives in his dream home and adores his beautiful wife, Belle, and their six-year-old daughter, Amy. That is until the day Belle announces she has found someone else and wants Sean to move out. Circumstance throws Fen and Sean together. Slowly their quiet friendship turns into something much deeper and the joy they find in one another eventually gives them the confidence to trust and love again. But will the past tear them apart just as they find happiness?”
I had previously read The Love of My Life by this author (review here) and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read more from her, when I saw this eBook on Amazon at a great price I couldn’t resist.
The beginning set the scene well, there was an overall feeling of sadness throughout the book and to see Sean’s heartbreaking situation so early on instantly made me feel sorry for him. Fen was very nervous about something and repeatedly mentioned Tomas and Joe, at that point I had no idea who they were and I made a couple of predictions which ended up being totally wrong. The pieces of that particular puzzle were fitted together gradually and this was one of the things that kept me flipping the pages.
Sean and Fen were brought together quite randomly, I enjoyed the fact that their relationship wasn’t rushed because it made it feel more natural and believable. They faced plenty of ups and downs and I have to admit that I wasn’t entirely sure how their relationship was going to end.
One of my favourite moments in the book was Sean’s drunken night out, it was fun to read and had me laughing out loud as the authors descriptions of everything were so precise, it enabled me to visualise the scene easily! The author also described the intricacies of relationships beautifully, I particularly enjoyed reading from Sean’s side about his marriage breakdown. I’ve read many books about women being left by their men and the effect it has on them but rarely have I read a book that tells it from this point of view, for me it made the story feel fresh and different.
This was an interesting book filled with emotion and a touch of intrigue.
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