I loved this book, well written as I have come to expect from Deborah Moggach. Lots of twists and turns and and terrific descriptions of the English scene. I highly recommend this book and all other books she has written.
James is elderly, lives in the Cotswolds, and needs full-time help. His children, Phoebe and Robert, who live some distance from him in Wales and London, are concerned. The last few carer arrangements they’ve made for James haven’t worked out. Will Mandy be any better? Relieved of having to worry about James themselves, Phoebe and Robert are delighted when James and Mandy get on so well. They feel able to pursue their own interests without feeling quite so concerned.
Phoebe and Robert are a little surprised when their father starts taking an interest in television soap operas, and they start to be concerned when James’s conversation revolves around Mandy. What is going on?
In the meantime, Phoebe and Robert have their own lives, their own distractions. Life can be challenging whatever age you are. And then, part way through the novel, there is a twist. Phoebe and Robert discover that there is more to their father than they knew.
While aspects of this story were predictable, it was the telling of it that held my attention. The story unfolds in three parts, moving between present and past, involving a few different characters. And in the story, we are reminded that even our parents were young once and had separate lives.
I enjoyed this story: sad in parts, humorous in others.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.