Written by Julie Houston
Clementine needs to find Lucy before it’s all too late.
She also knows bringing up a child on your own down on Emerald Street where the street walkers ply their trade isn’t easy, even when your daughter’s as adorable as four-year-old Allegra.
When Peter Broadbent, wealthy, kind and possessed of the most beautiful house Clementine has ever seen, proposes, she knows it seems almost too good to be true.
Will this be the happy-ever-after Clementine deserves, or will her dreams come crumbling down around her?
Another wonderful read from Julie Houston which I didn’t realise, prior to reading, included some of the characters from her previous novels – it’s a winner!
Clementine lives in a very unsavoury part of Leeds with her daughter, Allegra; she is aware it’s not the best of addresses but she has her reasons for being there – apart from money being tight – and is working her socks off at her part-time job whilst completing her degree. Then along comes Peter who introduces both of them to a different, more affluent way of life and proposes marriage. Is it all too good to be true?
With the author’s trademark warmth and understanding, this is a beautifully created story which fits in with her recent books, although it is totally different. With plenty going on – a bit of a mystery, family dynamics and the fabulous fun which is injected into all Julie’s novels, I was thoroughly captivated by this one. I can imagine that there was a fair bit of research into producing such accurate details (especially the food!) and I just loved everything about it. With plenty going on, ups and downs along with a few unexpected twists, this one ticked all my boxes and left me with a feeling of great satisfaction. Totally worth all five glowing stars and a hearty recommendation from me to read not only this one, but also the author’s preceding novels.
My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley; as always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family life, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 288 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 19 December 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
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Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding’s old junior school and her neighbour is ‘Chocolat’ author, Joanne Harris. After University, where she studied Education and English Literature, she taught for many years as a junior school teacher. As a newly qualified teacher, broke and paying off her first mortgage, she would spend every long summer holiday working on different Kibbutzim in Israel. After teaching for a few years she decided to go to New Zealand to work and taught in Auckland for a year before coming back to this country. She now teaches just two days a week, and still loves the buzz of teaching junior-aged children. She has been a magistrate for the past nineteen years, and, when not distracted by Ebay, Twitter and Ancestry, spends much of her time writing. Julie is married, has a twenty-four-year-old son and twenty-one-year-old daughter and a ridiculous Cockerpoo called Lincoln. She runs and swims because she’s been told it’s good for her, but would really prefer a glass of wine, a sun lounger and a jolly good book – preferably with Matthew Mcconaughay in attendance.
She hates skiing, gets sick on boats and wouldn’t go pot-holing or paddy diving if her life depended on it.
She is published by HeadOfZeus/Aria and represented by Anne Williams at KHLA Literary agency.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Julie Houston