‘The perfect marriage.
A devastating secret.
An impossible choice…
I would like to start by thanking HarperCollins UK for approving for me for a review copy on Net Galley.
Now, I am actually not going to divulge much of the story line, even the blurb, as I actually recommend reading the book without knowing the blurb. It is entirely up to you, of course, but a critical event in the book is revealed, which I felt would have had greater effect if I didn’t know.
Here’s the bit you can know, as it’s there from the word go: Lucy was always sure of one thing – her future with husband and soulmate Luke. But after eight long, heartbreaking years trying to have a baby, that future is crumbling before her eyes.
That was enough for me to know I needed to be armed with a pack (or two) of tissues. What I still wasn’t prepared for, however, was to be in tears within the first few pages. I can’t remember a book that has ever hit me so hard emotionally, so very quickly.
You are instantly pulled in to the heartbreaking struggle of Luke and Lucy’s otherwise perfect marriage. The book is told from the view point of several different characters, all pivotal to the lives of Lucy and Luke.
Lucy’s are the only chapters in 1st person, and I instantly loved her as a character. You quickly fall in love with Luke too as the absolutely perfect man; he’s charming, gorgeous and totally understanding. The pain and suffering of their struggles is so abundantly clear, I honestly was not prepared for how heart-wrenching a read this was. Just when everything looks life it might be on the right track, Lucy finds her entire world crashing down around her, and the one person she needs answers from, isn’t able to give her any.
The supporting characters in this book are Luke’s mother & siblings and Lucy & Luke’s closest friends, Dee & Dan. Every character was written so well and the relationships between them all added much more depth to the story. There are beautiful developments all round, as you see each character struggle to deal with the situations they face, and trying to play the role they’re needed for. It’s a touching story about love, trust and family.
The writing is so beautiful, Harper has really made her mark with this phenomenal debut. 5 (tear-stained) stars for this compelling novel.