This is contemporary women's fiction at its finest. Two very different women weaving their lives into a friendship, each cautious to reveal their darkest thoughts and feelings. Emma Robinson writes the heart so well and this book is no exception. My breath caught in my throat many times. Highly recommended.
Shelley meets Lara, her new and pregnant neighbour. Both women have secrets but despite each being isolated in her own way strike up a tentative friendship. The story is told in alternating chapters from each woman's point of view which works really well. Their secrets are slowly revealed, a bit at a time, throughout the book. Just when you think you know what is happening, another layer is stripped away. And that's how it is for Shelley and Lara too as they learn each other's deepest secrets and fears.
Emma Robinson has a wonderful talent for understanding human emotions and being able to express them poignantly on paper. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. I cared about the characters and what they were going through.
It is an inspiring story of the power of friendship and trust and being brave enough to open up let go of the emotional baggage that holds us back.
A warm and engaging story about a friendship that opens up buried secrets and hurts. When Lara moves in next door, Shelley is initially wary of her bubbly and inquisitive neighbour. Gradually, she finds herself opening up, and accepts Lara's Marie Kondo-like help in decluttering to make way for joy. Over time, she is able to deal with her past and open herself to a hopeful future.
I could understand Shelley's reticence at first - Lara did come across to me as a bit full on, but perhaps the introvert in me. But I warmed to her as I turned the pages - her good heart won me over. Of course, Lara's desire to help was a way to distract herself from her fears, and the friendship ultimately benefits both of them.