Written by Ruth Hogan
The new novel from Ruth Hogan, the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes – an uplifting novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.
Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone’s magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits – staff and guests alike. But Tilly’s childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she’d ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning.
Many years later, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel, only to discover that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all …
Mothers and daughters … their story can be complicated … but it can also turn out to have a happy ending.
A Lively Story, Just That Little Bit Different!
Such a good read! It’s not always obvious where this one is heading, but with plenty to read it’s only a matter of time …
Tilda is a grown woman; her story is told along with the younger Tilly, and it’s an interesting tale. Tilly is a child who understands things beyond her years – and what she doesn’t actually know for fact, she assumes, and often with hilarious results!
This is a packed read; so much happening that it’s an easy novel to get through. Tilly is a child who lives in an adult world and quite often utters malapropisms when she gets her words mixed up, causing much giggling! A tale of mothers, daughters and friends, this is a lively novel with ups and downs. Tilly isn’t your usual little girl and she grows up into a fairly solitary adult. This book covers it all, from early childhood right through adulthood and is one I’ve enjoyed – although for a while I did wonder where the title came from! What I really appreciated about it, is that all the questions the story raises are answered by the final page. Definitely MY kind of read! If you want something just a bit different in a family story full of revelations, then this is one I recommend.
My thanks to publisher Two Roads / John Murray Press for my copy via NetGalley. The choice to read, and this review, is entirely my own.
Tags: women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardback, audio
- Size: 336 pages
- Publisher: John Murray Press
- Publication Date: 7 February 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
Meet the Author
Hello dear readers, please allow me to introduce myself…
I was brought up in a house full of books, and grew up with an unsurprising passion for reading and writing. I also loved dogs and ponies, seaside piers, snow globes and cemeteries. So of course, I was going to be a vet, show jumper, Eskimo or gravedigger.
Or maybe a writer…
I studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, University of London where I hennaed my hair, wore dungarees and generally had an amazing time. And then I got a proper job. For ten years I had a successful if uninspiring career in local government before a car accident left me unable to work full-time and was the kick up the butt I needed to start writing seriously.
It was all going well, but then in 2012 I got cancer, which was bloody inconvenient but precipitated an exciting hair journey from bald to a peroxide blonde Annie Lennox crop. When chemo kept me up all night I passed the time writing and the eventual result was THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS, my first novel, which was published in January 2017, and has now been selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.
My second novel, THE WISDOM OF SALLY RED SHOES, published in May 2018 and you can order the book now.
I live in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and my long-suffering husband. I am a magpie; always collecting treasures (or ‘junk’ depending on your point of view) and a huge John Betjeman fan.
My favourite word is ‘antimacassar’ and I still like reading gravestones.