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Mothers and Daughters: From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes the most captivating new family drama of 2022

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Erica James is on top form, writing about warm, believeable women who led sometimes very complicated lives. On reflection, I think it is quite interesting that an older character in the story connected with me the most.

I also enjoyed the evocative descriptions of the rather genteel seaside village of Tilsham and of the family home.

Having rebuilt her life and reconnected by random chance with Ellis, a friend from university, Naomi is ready to start afresh but worried about both her daughter’s reaction to a new man, especially that of Martha who idolised her father. Willow has a new boyfriend Rick who at first everyone thinks is just what Willow needs in her life, even her father would approve of Rick but Willow is not sure if he is the right guy. Now I’ve read this one I’m going to try and read the ones I’ve missed plus re-read the others I haven’t. Just over two years ago, Naomi’s husband, Colin, and the father of both her daughters, died suddenly leaving her a widow in the Tilsham cottage the family once shared.

I was so pleased to be approved to read this book as in the past I used to read every new Erica James book that came out.Even happy families have their secrets… A sweeping family drama of old secrets and new beginnings from the Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James. Despite being sisters, Willow and Martha are opposites in how they live their life and what gives them enjoyment. Furthermore, events that happen in the novel link to Naomi’s past and I think this makes the family even closer still. At the beginning, there is a lot of distance between the family but by the closing, events have occurred that makes them even stronger as a family unit. For as mothers, daughters and sisters, they must always consider the effects of their plans and actions on each other.

Our three heroines lives are changing, but not always in the way they expect, and never independently of each other’s. He’d moved into a cottage next door to Naomi to be nearer his mother who was in care and not expected to last much longer. Although the POV’s weren’t clearly labelled, it didn’t take me long to figure out who each chapter was dedicated to.

I wasn’t too fussed on Martha to start with, but she grew on me – Willow was a delight, although she let herself be walked over. A captivating story about a mother’s relationship with her two daughters, to protect them she has kept secrets and her daughters now understanding their mother is a free and independent woman, she has every right to live where she chooses, start a new relationship and fall in love. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my review.

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