You’d think after recently losing my lovely dad I would not be drawn to books which are about emotional journeys through grief. Well, the exact opposite is happening to me. I currently gravitate towards books where all my heartstrings are tugged, where I can relate to the loss of someone close and where characters navigate their way through the darkness and come out the other side into the light stronger and ready for a fresh start.
I loved this book because I could tell the author was writing it from her heart. She’s lost someone very close to her and she knew the emotional course to plot for her characters.
Here’s the blurb:
Flora has always adored her brother Billy. Born just eighteen months apart, their childhood was spent like two peas in a pod – no one could separate them. Now, as adults, they remain the best of friends. And as Flora is immersed in family life, Billy is always there to lend a hand.
But, in just one day, everything changes.
In just one day, Flora’s life falls apart.
In just one day, Flora has to learn how to live again.
From the nostalgia of seaside Britain to the breath-taking beauty of Venice, in tears and laughter, join Helen McGinn for this emotional, uplifting and joyful story about love in all its guises. But above all, this is an unforgettable story of one little girl and the brother she adores.
Here’s my review:
Throughout the book I kept thinking – excellent TV family drama!
This wonderful book is poignant, atmospheric and centres around a family coming to terms with loss. It is an emotional read however I also found it uplifting and full of hope.
The standout for me was how the author showed through her characters that everyone has their own grief journey to go on. This is so true and relatable.
I thought Flora was an excellent character and she had my full support as she tried to process what had happened to her brother, Billy. The family dynamics were well crafted especially the tension between her and her mother, Kate.
It did break my heart as essentially its a story about a little girl who is missing the brother she adored. If this was on TV I would be sat with a box of tissues and glued to the screen.
You can tell this author knows a lot about wine and I even learnt a thing or two about wine.
Great read ❤️
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Author Bio – Helen McGinn is a much-loved wine expert on TV and in print and an international wine judge. She spent ten years as a supermarket buyer sourcing wines around the world before setting up her award-winning blog (and now best-selling wine book) The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club. She is the drinks writer for the Daily Mail and regularly appears on TV’s Saturday Kitchen and This Morning. Helen lives in the New Forest and Boldwood are publishing her debut women’s fiction title in Spring 2021
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