There are times when the stars align and the right book at the right time falls into my hands. That is what happened with this book. I have honestly seen this plot in other books with some tweaks, but I have not enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed this book. Also, the idea of a woman learning to stand on her own and overcome some huge obstacles is always something that moves me. I think the reason this book struck such a nerve is that the author created characters that felt real, especially the main character. It was easy to walk in Nina’s shoes as she dealt with the death of her husband, learned of the big lie he told, and relocated her sons. The dialog between her and Tiggy, her sister, was so indicative of what sisters would say in real life. The story never lagged and went pretty fast. There were times when I felt tears forming and times when I cheered. Maybe my connection to this book stems from the similarities I have with the main character. She had two boys- I have two girls. She grew up in poverty- I grew up in poverty. She married a higher social class- I married a higher social class. I will absolutely talk this book over with other readers.
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.
Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.