I love when a story leaves you satisfied but with a hint of I wonder what happened in the future, did they get together,? This story was one of strength, courage, growth sometimes our lives are what we think we want but when a change comes we realise it's was just a part of our journey to get to where we belong.
Pamela Cook’s fifth novel is her best yet, blending psychological suspense with the real life problems women encounter daily. I was hooked from the opening line, “Even now, the click of a closing door could make her flinch.” Tess’s marriage is trundling along, and she ignores the uncomfortable feelings she has about it, just as she ignores her mother’s ongoing pleas for grandchildren. Then, the best friend she hasn’t seen for eight years dies, and she finds herself guardian to Grace, a scared and lonely ten-year-old who refuses to talk. As Tess tries to help Grace and understand what happened to Skye, her past pushes up from the safe, dark corner of her mind where she banished it. As past and present collide, secrets are exposed, and she must fight for Grace’s sanity - and her own. Beautifully written, this women's fiction novel explores the unique bonds of female friendship and the vulnerability, and resilience, of women, fighting for happiness and fulfillment.
I've read all of Pamela's books and have loved them every one of them. But, truly, this book is on another level.
Pamela's descriptive writing invites you in and keeps you wanting more. The story if beautifully written and tells a tale of a forever bond that is formed between friends and continues long after they have drifted their separate ways.
It's a story that has warmth and depth with characters and events that are relatable and relevant... I loved it.
Cross My Heart is Pamela Cooks first foray into Women's Fiction - and what a book this is! Tessa is a business woman who lives in Sydney with her high flying husband Josh - its all about work, socializing and no children. She has lost touch with her childhood friend Skye, but when Skye is found dead by her ten year old daughter Grace at home in the country, Tessa is reminded of the promise she made to Skye that if anything ever happened to her that Tessa would look after Grace
This is a huge shock to Tessa, but she is committed to fulfill her promise and collects Grace from her foster house and returns to Grace's home to sort things out. Meanwhile, Josh buries himself in his work as this was not part of his plan at all.
Grace is severely traumatized by her mother's death and has refused to speak. Tessa tries to bring her out of her grief but it is equine therapy and horses that eventually helps Grace to cope. During this time Tessa re-discovers secrets about Skye's life - and her own - that have been banished to the back of her mind until something triggers them.
This novel covers a number of issues including death, domestic violence, friendship, small town situations and the love of animals. The situations depicted were realistic and you could imagine that these could easily happen to someone you may know - the ingredients of a great book.
I've been a fan of Pamela's previous Rural Fiction books, but this book is a whole new level and I can't wait to see what her future titles hold. Well done Pamela.
Pamela Cook’s much-anticipated new novel is right up my country alley!!! The small-town setting (which I love) is offset perfectly with a touch of mystery, that includes a slightly moodier/darker theme to make Cross My Heart an irresistible combination.
Contemporary fiction masterfully told and with authentic and relatable characters, Cross My Heart is a beautiful story about mothers, daughters and friendship.
As a writer, she’s consistently excellent, but this Pamela Cook read comes with a little twist. Highly recommended.
Cross My Heart is a stunning novel by a talented author. I ploughed through this book in two days as I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written balancing prose and narrative, believable dialogue, and characters who you want to know more about. Although the book covers some dark issues, they are handled delicately with sensitivity and compassion. This book will give you all the feels.