A beautiful, emotive and spell-binding story of two women who find friendship and second chances when they least expect it. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan.
Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different.
Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.
By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.
It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.
Faith Hogan is an original voice in women’s fiction. Her stories are warm and rooted in a contemporary Irish landscape which has lost none of its wit, charm or emotion thanks to its modern vibe.
Faith was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.
Her debut novel 'My Husbands Wives' is a contemporary women's fiction novel set in Dublin, published by Aria Fiction in 2016. Her second novel, 'Secrets We Keep,' is published in February 2017 - it has been included on the Netgalley 'Hot List 2017.' Her third novel - 'The Girl I Used To Know' is out in December 2017.
She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a rather busy chocolate Labrador. She's a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger - except of course when it is raining!
I was given an ecopy of this book by Debbie at Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review. This is something I'm more than happy to do. This is the first book I've read by Faith Hogan and I was delighted to find my first impressions, made entirely because of the beautiful cover didn't disappoint. I was sucked into the lives of Richard & Amanda and their unwelcome basement tenant Tess. First impressions were Amanda and Tess were poles apart, one living in the height of luxury, leading a pampered lifestyle, the other a lonely existence, living on the breadline. Yet separated only by a ceiling! Two separate incidents bring the unexpected duo together. A cat called Margaret - no correct that Matt and a condom! Faith backfills history with several chapters slipping back in time to chapters set 48 years previous when Tess was heading for college and 22 years previous before Amanda married Richard.
I was sucked right into t heart of this story, living their lives alongside them because of the depth of characters heFaith Hogan had created, I felt their pain and sadness, smiled as they laughed. Felt the cold, damp, grey days and the sunshine warming my bones. This something that takes great skill, I cared what happened and was internally cheering them on to find a different paths to walk. Faith has created characters that will pull at your heart strings and take you on a journey of discovery not just withiN the book but within yourself. This is a thought provoking, uplifting story that will question your life choices, would I make the same ones again, do things differently? Fortunately, for me the answer is yes I would! If you're looking for a story about real people, with real problems and situations, that demonstrate the power of resilience, humour, family and friendship then this is a book for you - perfect for a lazy Sunday, snuggled in your pj's in the conservatory. Thank you so much Faith Hogan for a most enjoyable, up-lifting read.