This book received a lot of buzz when it was first released earlier this year. I haven’t read any Maggie O’Farrell novels before but had seen so much about this one that I knew I wanted to read it. I was lucky enough to pick up my copy second hand from Barter Books in Alnwick.
Claudette Wells was once a film star, her face known the world over. She was in a relationship with a film director and one day she simply walked away from her fame, seeking a life of solitude in rural Ireland. When by chance she meets her now husband, Daniel, they set in motion events that will unspool throughout the rest of their lives. Moving between Daniel, Claudette and the people they meet on their journey through life, this is a highly emotional and sensitive novel. It is a story of families and the way that a family doesn’t have to mean the traditional, nuclear family. It looks at the eay that trauma can effect us for years and the way that we might not understand something until years later.
With a large cast of unique characters, all memorable and interesting, this is a book that is a pleasure to read. With some twists without being a confusing read, this is great for when you need something more warm hearted and relaxing. I really enjoyed this novel and the ending was really great but also unexpected. Definitely worth a read!!