Published by Bombshell Books on June 4 2019
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Set on the coast of Portsmouth and the beautiful Loire Valley, this is the story of Anna. A married mother of three, the unremarkable rock of her family is content with her life until she discovers that Matthew, her husband of 22 years, is having an affair.
Consumed by hurt and tainted memories, Anna’s life is turned upside down by first betrayal and then loss. Her confidence totally destroyed, she is tormented by the spectre of Matthew’s unknown lover. Whilst keeping the secret of his affair from her family, Anna must find her way through the pain alone.
With one son on the other side of the world, another about to enter a war zone and her daughter off to university, her life gradually begins to crumble. A shock discovery, an unwelcome revelation and an advert in a magazine are the catalysts for her road to recovery.
Can Anna find peace and learn to love again?
✮ My Review ✮
Gosh, where do I start with this book? Do I talk about the beauty of this book? The gorgeous scenery of Loire Valley? About how much I love Anna and her story? About how much the writing captivated me? About how much I related to this book? About the love, the friendship, the heartache? How parts of this book broke me and how it also put me back together? Or shall I just leave it there?
I honestly have felt blessed to have this book come across my path. This story is one of someone having their life destroyed by someone they loved and watching them grow into someone who has overcome this heartbreak and is stronger than ever before. This story of second chances, not at love and life but with family is so poignant and touching. Some of this hit home a lot more with me when reading of Anna’s son heading off to Afghan and his life in the army, with my current situation, and when discussing with Patricia the book, I realised we have got so much more in common! When she mentioned one part to me and said that it happened in real life, well I was done for when I read it – heart and broken!
Anna’s story may be about learning to love and laugh again. Building new friendships and relationships and building on what she has. But, in the background, you have the constant gnawing to who was Matthew, her husband, having an affair with. I suspected everyone, whilst trying to forget that someone could hurt Anna like this. When the truth comes out, gosh did I cry. Life really is so unfair.
I have really been taken on a rollercoaster with this book, it has made cry, sob, smile and at times laugh! For anyone who has read it, you will know the New Years Eve party was hi-lar-ious! Plus anytime Jeannie and Enid were on the page really made me chuckle!
I have not read anything else by Patricia and I am kicking myself as to why not. I have heard that her thrillers are awesome so I am looking forward to reading them. But first, I need to read this series, I am not ready to let go of my new friends I have made, new loves I have discovered, and some awesome allies.
Anna feels like I am reading someone’s diary, it feels so real. I feel like these are people I know (and want to know) and that I am just going to be popping out for a cuppa with Anna. I would love to go to Rosie’s hotel, it sounds amazing and truly breathtaking with the sights.
I have to give a huge special thanks to Amanda James because if she hadn’t messaged me I would never have known about this book and my life would be empty without it. Also, thank you to Patricia for sending me Rosie and Ruby to read! Can not wait to start the story again.
Please if you have to buy any book about love, loss, betrayal, friendship, a book to make you smile, to make you believe in love again then seriously this is the book for you!
Until next time xxx
Let us take a look at what has been said on the first day of the tour
Ginger Book Geek says
I soon became addicted to reading this book and by the end of the first page, I knew that it would turn out to be a page turner. So it proved to be. I couldn’t get enough of the story. I took to Anna so much that I couldn’t wait to get through the book to discover what the future had in store for her. The more I read, the further into the story I got and my desperation to find out what happened increased. I was so mesmerised by the story that I lost all track of time. The first time I looked up to see how long I had been reading for, I was stunned to realise that a couple of hours had gone past.
Being Anne says
There’s a tremendous warmth to the writing, and maybe the best way I can describe it is as a romance and a family drama, with an ongoing mystery and a rather lovely touch of travel writing too. The pace is slow, but that’s far from being a complaint – it’s the kind of “slow” that means you can luxuriate in it, follow the sidetracks a little, reflect on what’s going on, maybe think about how some of the situations would make you feel.
And check out a Guest Post on Lacy Ace Books Reviews where Patricia discusses her Mood bood for the book Anna
Thanks to Heather at Bloodhound Books for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review
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