Elouise Hamilton has a seemingly perfect life in London. As a born and bred Londoner she cannot imagine living anywhere else.
But her husband Mark longs to return to his childhood home, Dartmouth, and when his father offers to sell his legal practice to him at a family rate, Mark is very keen to take up the offer and the chance to return.
Eventually, Elouise is persuaded to uproot herself, leaving behind her friends and her special shops and boutiques to move.
She finds it hard initially, but she has a loving and helpful mother in law, Margaret to call on and all seems to be going well.
Enter Sara. A friend who is bereft at the thought of Elouise moving away. Apparently, Elouise is her only friend. Added to that is the fact that several attempts at IVF still haven’t produced the longed-for baby.
And into the life Elouise is making for her family, comes the news that Margaret is suffering early onset of Alzheimer’s This is another thing for Elouise to deal with as both her Father in law and her husband appear unable to accept this fact.
The turmoil in which Elouise finds herself is further compounded when unexpectedly she meets Sara in London and finds she is undeniably pregnant. And she learns that Sara has taken matters into her own hands in an attempt to become pregnant, with no thought of the consequences and the lives she will affect.
This is a story, unlike the usual books I read. I was totally engrossed from the beginning, in Elouise’s life, her attempts to keep the family together and her willingness to take on more and more of the problems of others. But her life suddenly implodes and we wonder how/if she will cope.
I recommend this book. It is not particularly light reading, peering as it does delve into Alzheimer’s, overwhelming desire for a child and her own difficulties in moving from the bright lights to a seaside town.
Well worth taking from your local library as I did.