Almost thirty years ago, Kate’s dream came true. After years of struggling, she was finally pregnant following pioneering IVF. But the dream came at a cost. Neither Kate nor her husband Dan could have known the price they would have to pay to fulfil their cherished wish of having their own family. Now, years later, their daughter Natalie is getting married and is fulfilling her own dream of marrying her childhood sweetheart. Natalie knows she won’t be like most brides as she travels down the aisle in her wheelchair, but it’s the fact her father won’t be there to walk beside her that breaks her heart. Her siblings, Ollie, Beth and Jenny, gather around Natalie, but it isn’t just their father who is missing from their lives… as the secrets that have fractured the family rise to the surface, can they learn to forgive each other before it’s too late?
This was a moving and engrossing read about the journey to becoming a family – with all the twists and turns and ups and downs realised for you in a very humane way. You will enjoy reading about Dan and Kate’s journey – from the first time they met to their trials and tribulations on the rocky pathway to parenthood, Many readers will be ablevto identify with the situations they foind themselves in and be rooting for them as their story unfolds.
The structure of the book a it mirrors the five Unforgivable Things was well done and allows the reader an inight into this family’s hjourney from several differnt perspectives. This gives us a 360 insight into the situations that arise and allow your sympathies and allegiances to subtly shift as the book unfolds. Whether you fel a stronger bond with Kate, Natalie, Jenny or Beth – you’ll certainly want to keep turning the pages to see what happens as you become engrossed in the fabric of their family life.
I love a novel with family secrets at the heart of it and I was intrigued to keep reading to see what was lurking beneath the surace of Kate’s family life. It is true that ew often don’t realise the consequences of our actions until years later – and this is definitely the case in Kate’s family history… I never give spoilers so I’m not even going to hint here about what is the ultimate cost of wanting a family so much that you’ll do anything to make it happen. You’ll just have to read it for yourself and find out.
I feel that Viven Brown managed to balance the fictional world she created with the real life desperation so many people in this situation go through absolutely perfectly. This is a poignant read at times, made all the more affecting by the fact that her characters ring true and their situations feel like they are really unfolding to a family that you’ve come to know and care about as you are reading about their lives. If you love a good soap opera and can’t resist a family drama, you’ll find loads here that will draw you in and keep you engrossed until you’ve finished the very last paragraph. A great summer read that will keep you on the sunbed until you’ve finished the entire thing!
Buy yourself a copy here
Writer On The Shelf
Vivien Brown lives in west London with her husband and two cats. She worked for many years in banking and accountancy, and then, after the birth of twin daughters, made a career switch and started working with young children, originally as a childminder but later in libraries and children’s centres, promoting the joys of reading and sharing books through story-times and book-based activities and training sessions.
As Vivien Hampshire, she has written many short stories for the women’s magazine market and a range of professional articles and book reviews for the nursery and childcare press, in addition to a ‘how to’ book based on her love of solving cryptic crosswords. Now a full-time writer, working from home, Vivien is combining novel-writing and her continuing career in magazine short stories with her latest and most rewarding role as doting grandmother.