Emma Hannigan, much loved author of The Summer Guest, will delight fans of Patricia Scanlan and Cathy Kelly with her big-hearted novels of Ireland.

‘A writer who understands exactly how women think’ Cathy Kelly

Clara Conway is a woman with secrets.

But consequently, Clara’s family is falling apart. Her son Max emigrated to the US years ago and she has yet to meet her teenage granddaughter, Nathalie…because Max and his mother no longer speak.

Meanwhile Clara’s daughter Ava is fighting for a piece of happiness. When Clara unexpectedly reaches out to Nathalie and her niece comes to visit, Ava’s thoughts turn to Max, the brother she loved and lost. The brother whose abrupt disappearance left the Conway family heartbroken. When Nathalie finds a pile of torn, faded letters, she unlocks the door to Clara’s past. Can Nathalie’s time with her grandmother start to right some very old wrongs? And can Clara find a way to reach out to Max and thereby begin to heal the whole family once more?

After all, some secrets are meant to be shared…

Firstly as ever a big thanks to the lovely Frances at Headline for sending me  a proof copy.

The cover is eye catchingly beautiful and sets the scene for a  perfect summer read . I adore emmas winter books where we meet the craig family and never want to leave .

Well this book is just as good if not better in my opinion …I adored it and couldn’t put it down but then making myself slow down t prolong it ending .It exceeded my expectations completely and each character is so vital to the book all wih their own personal dramas and inner demons .

My favourite charatar is without fail clara who is just a incredible woman  and you will fall in lve and want her as you grandma ‘oma’ her stories of her childhood and that of her families will warm your heart.

This book has everything in it and it would be easy to dismiss this as a light easy read but believe me it will be a emotional ride .

It sets the scene and imagination and makes me want to visit Ireland even more .

This book captures the importance of family and love and rebuilding relationships and healing old wounds .

Hugely recommend especially if you haven’t read any of her other books .

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