Thank you to Sandy Taylor and Kim Nash for asking me to be part of the Blog Tour for this book.
About This Book
Brighton 1930: Maureen O’Connell is a carefree girl, but her family is on the brink of tragedy, war is looming and life will never be the same again.
Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they’ve seen each other through thick and thin.
As Maureen blossoms from a little girl into a young woman, the candle she’s always held for Jack burns bright. But just as she’s found love, war wrenches them apart. The man she cherishes with all her heart is leaving.
When the bombs start to fall, Maureen and her family find themselves living in the most dangerous of times. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, Maureen has never felt more alone. Can she look to a brighter future? And will she find the true happiness she’s dreamt of?
I really enjoy books where we get the whole story. I loved that we get to see Maureen’s life from when she was little. Sandy Taylor has created truly mesmerising characters in this book. Maureen is so head strong and realistic that it was like she was someone I knew in real life. The writing is so detailed that you feel like you’ve been pulled back into that time. It was like watching it on the television rather than reading it in a book. The language and narrative were very visceral.
I think what you can tell from anyone’s review of this book is that Sandy Taylor knows how to write emotions and put the her reader through the emotional ringer. Taylor hits the nail on the head with her poignant descriptions of the love Maureen has for Jack. There are so many happy and sad moments in this book and that’s why it is so good. It is a true reflection of the rollercoaster that is life. No matter what era you lived in you experience good and the bad. Sandy Taylor captures this perfectly.
One of the things I liked most about this book is how Taylor has crafted believable relationships between the characters. Especially Maureen’s bond with her sister Brenda, it is heart-warming and emotional to read. In fact, Maureen’s family life is so vividly painted for us that you feel like a fly on the wall. I can’t stress enough how vivid and fantastic the writing in this book is.
It’s not normally a book that I would read but I will definitely be devouring anything else this author writes. Thanks for reading my review and please remember to check out the other reviews on this blog tour!