How do you know right from wrong when your certainties about life are slipping through your fingers?

Phillip Snowe is a genius of the advertising world but what he can no longer do is sell himself to himself. Struggling to find meaning, he quits his career ‘to give something back.’

Julia, his wife, a brilliant and beautiful lawyer, fights her own demons, but with her intelligence and hard work, she believes she can keep them at bay. And so far she has.

Into their lives comes Laura Cusack, a single mother torn between the demands of her young daughters and her own unfulfilled passions.

Whose needs should you put first? Your family’s? Your neighbour’s? A complete stranger’s? Or your own? And once you have made that choice, how do you live with yourself?

Spanning three generations, this compassionate and surprising story – touching profoundly upon love, art, religion and the search for fulfilment – grips from first to last as it explores the moral and emotional complexities of modern life.

Firstly thank you to Quercus for sending me a copy .I haven’t read this author before so its always a delight to try something new .

For some reason this took a long time to read ,long for me anyway whether it was because I was busy or just wasn’t pulling me in enough im not sure .

I did feel the storyline  could have been shorter as at times I knew what was going to happen and thinking come on happen.

However this is a beautifully written book with a variety of complex characters all with their own issues .

I could relate to single mum Laura  and her emotions but I could also relate to  Julia who is the complete opposite.

Julia was a strong independent woman with a grey childhood which had impacted the decisions she made in life but underneath that cold exterior she wanted to be loved .

Ultimately this is a story of love and loss and realising what’s important in life because it is short .

And there was one line quite early in the book that struck a chord and I always take comfort and pleasure when a book does that .

A thought provoking read



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