When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…
When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.
But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?
Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break.
It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence.
In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future?
This heart-wrenching and gripping family drama will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
A Well-Plotted, Gripping Tale!
This is a new direction for author Emma Davies; having loved everything she has written so far I couldn’t wait to find out what this was all about!
Spotting her childhood home up for sale at a time when her family is considering moving from their London home, Thea can’t believe her luck. Her husband, Drew, lived in the house next door and they grew up together, enjoying the kind of village life that they want for their two daughters. After all, life in a small village is always friendly, isn’t it? So why does Thea get the feeling that she’s being cold-shouldered?
Can you ever go back in time, or do we all wear rose-tinted spectacles when thinking of the past? This is a well-plotted and gripping tale which shows the best – and worst – of village living. Moving into any new area can be full of pitfalls; when you don’t know how the friendships and hierarchy work it’s like being back at school. Thea has no idea what she’s stepping into, and neither do we. I love that there is so much happening and yet there are unsolved mysteries in the background. A successful genre-change from an author who always delivers an entertaining read, and a novel which would make an excellent tv drama. I’m very happy to recommend this one, and give it four stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s psychological fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 329 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture
- Publication Date: 9 April 2020
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After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.