It is 1966 and 12-year-old Mary Foster’s narrow, prescribed world is abruptly disturbed by a sudden move from suburban London to a neglected Victorian house on the south coast of England.
A new friendship provides Mary with some comfort in an unfamiliar world of seagull squawks, endless horizons and strange new lodgers. But an unexpected discovery of deceit and deception profoundly affects her life and Mary is left to carry on, bitter and resentful, but silent on the matter.
40 years later, Mary wants to know more. Another age, another era, another century; such secrecy and lies seem cowardly and irrelevant. Mary is anxious for the truth. Or at least she thinks she is – until the chance to uncover certain realities tests her resolve.
Jude Hayland does an excellent job taking ordinary, average people and portraying them in totality, good and bad, strengths and flaws.
The writing is simply extraordinary
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a literate and compassionate look at the lives we live
The story is unique
This book had me looking beyond the obvious and questioning how well we really know our parents and friends
The author handles all the tender aspects of the story with great sensitivity and draws such compassion for the characters
Would I like to read more by Jude Hayland? Absolutely!
NetGalley: Average 5* from all reviewers