EXCERPT: have you ever done something so terrible, so horrific, that it haunts you?A vile memory that clogs your throat and blurs your mind and sits like a heavy weight in your gut?
The memory of what I’ve recently done disturbs me. Every waking minute, every sleeping one too. The nightmares are bad; the kind that linger after I jolt awake, hands trembling, my breathing ragged and harsh in the silence.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: My life is like one of those cheap snow globes my twins collected when they were younger. Shiny and pretty on the outside, blurred beyond recognition when shaken.
Ever since her twin girls left home, Marisa has felt there’s something missing from her life. Her sprawling mansion is no longer filled with laughter and chaos, and she’s desperate to feel needed… and to be distracted from the secret she’s been hiding from her husband for all these years.
Coffee with her best friends might be the only thing holding Marisa together. But Claire and Elly have their own secrets. Like why Claire hasn’t been to work in weeks, or why Elly won’t tell anyone who’s buying her flowers.
When Jodi, a pregnant young girl, turns up at Marisa’s doorstep, Marisa is quick to come to her aid. She sees herself in Jodi and she knows how devoting yourself to looking after others can take up all your time in the most marvellous way.
But Jodi’s arrival quickly pushes everyone’s lies to the surface. The father of her unborn child is someone the women know very well, and Marisa starts to wonder if her obsession with helping Jodi might come at a devastating price…
MY THOUGHTS: I have very mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the first half, where my suspicions were all over the place, accusing first one husband then another, and I really thought I was onto a winner. But after that, it all started to get very convoluted and faintly ridiculous.
There is not a lot of depth to the characters, which is a great pity, because they could do with some. The men were all stereotyped into sleazy, unreliable characters, and the women? – they were also fairly stereotyped – the brittle bitch out for revenge, the career woman, the rich woman devoting her life to charitable causes….
I did like their ‘garden’ club, although their ‘meetings’ all seemed a bit rushed, and not the nice relaxed gossip session I envisaged…..’Not the kind where Claire, Elly and I weed or prune or plant. It’s more the kind of club that takes place in a garden; with wine and cheese.’ Of course, there is a gardener to do the gardens….
And I love the cover!…though I don’t think any of the characters did anything so mundane as have a cuppa!
I almost felt like I was reading a different book in the second half, it was so disappointing. This is a book that could have been much better than it was. It has a lot of potential. It is a book of two halves. The first is a gripping emotional page turner, unfortunately the second half spirals out of control.
THE AUTHOR: USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist.
She has published 70 books and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
She currently writes domestic suspense novels for Hachette UK’s Bookouture, rural romance for Harper Collins Australia’s Mira imprint, and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.
She’s a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
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