I have been a fan of Emily Barr's works since I got a free copy of 'Cuban Heels' with a magazine some years ago (infact, 'Cuban Heels' remains one of my favourite books to date). However, some of her more recent books have not been so good (in my view), so I thought I would download one of her pre-Cuban Heels books onto my Kindle and see whether it was just me getting too used to her writing style. Turns out I quite enjoyed it, so maybe it's a case of Barr's older books just simply being better than her more recent books.
The story is told from two perspectives, as is typical from Barr's stories. This time, the story is told by Emma, who is relocating to France with her partner Matt and their daughter Alice, and is also told by Hugo... let's just say you can work out early on how Emma's and Hugo's lives end up coming together. I was thinking "here we go", I mean Barr's stories usually have a twist in them which you can guess at but still come across as powerful once it's officially revealed, but I did guess particularly early on and I thought it would be a boring read from that point, but it surprised me that the twist was made known early on, so the focus became of Emma and Hugo sorting out the mess from the twist. Yes, there are a lot of familiar things about Barr's writing, such as characters dealing with childhood issues and thinking that going abroad solves all the problems, but there is plenty to like about the book.
A good read if you like some of Emily Barr's other stories or if she's an author you were thinking of giving her books a go.
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