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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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Bit over the idea that women over 60 need to have someone else make their decisions for them, particularly after the death of their controlling spouse.

It was a lovely family drama that rests on the importance of communication and this evolves over the story. Emotions boil over with these woman and soon there are secrets being told that Naomi had kept a long time about her husband, their father, add to this the stress with trying to fall pregnant for Martha and what is happening to Willow, this story becomes very emotional but a story that is told beautifully with care and thought, it takes in issues that are very prevalent in today’s world. The writing in this book is so good and it’s full of characters I loved however the triggers in the book meant I had to take regular breaks. I must say I thoroughly engaged with Willow’s character as I think women too often are negative about themselves and she seemed such a believable character, although I suspect she may annoy other readers!Her books are loved by readers looking for beautifully drawn relationships, emotionally powerful storylines and evocative settings. The storytelling and storyboard are compelling and the eclectic characters are skilfully envisaged and carefully developed. The initial struggles are interesting as both Martha and Naomi are strong and know what they want in life, Martha desperately wants a baby whilst Naomi is concerned how her children will react to meeting her new boyfriend. This was my first read of an Erica James book and I was impressed with the emotionally powerful storylines and how grounded in reality the whole story proved to be, along with how well-drawn and flawed the characters were.

Naomi is a widow, settled into a peaceful life and enjoying a fledgling relationship with her next-door neighbour, divorced Ellis. As Libby tries to piece her life back together, Bess and Elfrida find themselves reliving the past with all its secrets and tragedies.

The relationship of three women, a mother and her two grown up daughters and how they have dealt with the death of their father/husband two years previously is explored in the novel. Thank you to everyone who wished me well yesterday, I can report that the cataract surgery was over in ten mind and didn't hurt. Naomi has recently been widowed and is trying to rebuild her life in the little village of Tilsham by the sea. There are things Naomi has kept from her girls, like the fact that her marriage to their father wasn't quite what it seemed. The author also convincingly captured the range of emotions and tensions which can arise when a widowed parent begins a new relationship, only to find their happiness threatened by disapproval from adult offspring.

The truth of the marriage and the real man behind Colin’s bonhomie is something that Naomi has kept from both her daughters, but as Martha and Naomi each meet Ellis, they are harbouring concerns of their own. Martha is a very strong character who likes to take control of every aspect, and she thinks it would be best for her mum to sell up and move nearer them. When Naomi bumped into Ellis, a man she’d known through university, their rekindling of friendship was immediate. They loved each other dearly and balanced one another out, with Martha being pedantic, sensible, prone to organizing everything, and Tom happy to cook and care for her when she needed it. She was also her father’s clear favourite whilst younger and more empathetic sister, Willow, was happy to drift along.

Now with Colin having died of a heart attack two years prior, Naomi, the girls’ mother, was getting on with her life at Tilsham, where she could hear the waves, walk on the shore and enjoy the scenery from the home she loved and where the girls had grown up. In the end, all she really wants is for everyone to be happy – she just needs to realise that people have to come to it their own way. Rekindling her friendship with Ellis encourages her to acknowledge that her marriage was not as perfect as everyone would seem. If the perpetrator is a popular and successful member of the community, who is going to believe that such horrors are happening behind closed doors? It is a lonely life for single ladies in the quiet village of Tilsham by the sea and she has met up with her former friend from years ago when he moved in next door to her family home.

She and her husband have been trying to start their family but, after almost a year, nothing has happened. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I feel I’ve been on a writing journey with Erica as her style developed through her earliest books into something quite special. With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. Erica James is the author of twenty-three internationally bestselling novels, with recent Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers including Swallowtail Summer, Coming Home to Island House and, most recently the hardback bestseller, Letters from the Past.

She soon realises that their friendship is growing into other emotions; she is in love with Ellis and he has the same feelings for her.

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