The breathtaking new novel from the author of The Silent Treatment – for fans of Jojo Moyes, Joanna Cannon and Ruth Jones.
Mary O’Connor has been keeping a vigil for her first love for the past seven years.
Every evening without fail, Mary arrives at Ealing Broadway station and sets herself up among the commuters. In her hands Mary holds a sign which bears the words: ‘Come Home Jim.’
Call her mad, call her a nuisance, call her a drain on society – Mary isn’t going anywhere.
That is, until an unexpected call turns her world on its head. In spite of all her efforts, Mary can no longer find the strength to hold herself together.
She must finally face what happened all those years ago, and answer the question – where on earth is Jim?
An Impressive, Heartwarming Tale!
This is a novel which will swallow you up, heart and soul, and leave you feeling just a little bit wiser.
Mary O’Connor doesn’t expect much from life but what she wants most of all is to find her first love who disappeared seven years ago. Each evening she heads to Ealing Broadway Station to stand among the day’s travellers with a sign bearing the words ‘Come Home Jim’. Her life is on hold. Will finding out the truth finally bring closure for Mary?
I read .. a LOT, but I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a novel quite like this before. It is a gentle, tender and touching tale which easily got under my skin. As the story unfolds, told both in the present and the past, I got pulled further into Mary’s life and her pain was palpable. Getting to know about her daily routine, living situation and her friends felt like a privilege and a pleasure. The author has produced a beautifully planned, intriguing novel with a very different ending to the one most readers would expect and it is an impressive, heartwarming tale which made me really care about the outcome. It’s been a real delight to read and, as such, scores a perfect five stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: contemporary literary fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 406 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
- Publication Date: 29 April 2021
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I was born in Oxford in 1992. From an early age, I enjoyed making up miraculous stories for my class’ ‘Weekend Review’, none of which had even the faintest footing in truth. Those six-year olds may have had a pretty good idea of what was to come…
A love of books led me to study English Literature at the University of Cambridge. After graduation, I spent three years in publishing. I wrote my first novel, The Silent Treatment (2020) whilst working as an assistant to a literary agent in London. When I told my school friends that I had penned my own book, none of them were altogether surprised.
My second novel is called The Ends of the Earth (April 2021) and is alternatively known in the US as Anywhere for You. With the time that isn’t spent writing or reading (the greatest hobby of all), I force myself to group exercise classes and knit to try and keep my phone-checking habit to a minimum.
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