Format: Kindle Edition
Published: 7th June 2012
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genre: Chick Lit
This book is counting towards my British Books Challenge.
Synopsis taken from Amazon:
Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous lifestyle to match. Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and can’t stand each other. But then Polly’s fortunes unexpectedly change and her world comes crashing down. With no money and nowhere to go, she’s forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly. Unless the two women have more in common than they first thought?
OMG, how have I not picked up a book by Lucy Diamond before?! I bloomin’ loved this book and was gutted when the story came to an end.
The story centres around two sisters, who live very different lives. I loved both of them, for very different reasons. Polly was a little frustrating at first – snobbish, workaholic, self-centred and inconsiderate – I think this was the whole point, she really grows as a person throughout the novel. I really liked the way she changed and developed, being true to herself and finding her way in life. Clare, on the other hand, I could relate to more, right from the start – down to earth, humble, working hard to provide for her children.
Although this story has romance galore, the main theme was not about relationships between men and women but the importance of family, building broken relationships and changing perspectives. I really enjoyed this aspect and found it refreshing to read a story from the point of view of two, headstrong, independent females that were not relying on men to ‘mend’ their lives. It conveys the importance of families, siblings and sticking together through thick and thin – definitely true girl power!
The story also deals with grief and loss – both women are suffering and coming to terms with a tragedy, that they actually blame themselves for. This part of the plot was also delicately dealt with, yet still realistic – a good balance of funny, light-hearted moments combined with a more serious tone. It was a great addition to the story enabling me to really get to know Polly & Clare as individuals.
I loved following all of the characters, the writing style makes you feel like you are a member of the small, village community. I felt like I was part of the ‘team’. The characters are believable and realistic, funny and charismatic. I routed for them all the way and was desperate for them to find their ‘happy ending’.
I am really, really looking forward to reading more of Lucy Diamond’s work. I am SO pleased that there are so many more to catch up with – I might start with her first and work my way right through.