East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home.
Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.
This is not a review for publication hence why the day of publication is before this blog post. This was simply a book I couldn’t wait to get stuck into as it is by one of my favourite authors. I can tell you now that I was not disappointed. This book is simply stunning.
This book runs on dual time, fluctuating from 1993 to present day. It also sways between a sea side resort and the city. When Alice finds a man on the beach she invites him into her home, unknown to herself that she may be making the worst or the best decision she has ever made. The man has no idea who he is or how he got there but between the two of them and some other fantastic characters they set off to find out.
Lily, is a newly married twenty something who believes that she has married the love of her life but when he doesn’t return home one day she reports him as a missing person. What Lily did not bargain for was the truths and reality that she was about to be faced with.
Life changes dramatically for these two woman and the man on the beach in ways they never saw coming. This book is part ‘who done it’, part ‘romance’. Its descriptive beyond words and is beautifully written so you become part of the story.
I love that Lisa Jewells characters are never perfect. They are normal, complex, run of the mill, live next door people who we encounter every single day. This is a book written from the heart about normal people in not so normal circumstances. As with all of her books I loved every page of it.
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