1971. With the troubles in Belfast at their height, a happy domestic life is something that Tess Maguire yearns for. Yet the political and social unrest are sending ripples of uncertainty through every aspect of her life. Whilst her partnership with her friend Theresa Cunningham in a dressmaking firm is successful, it's beginning to affect her romantic interests. Theresa's boyfriend Bob always seems to be near Tess. Near enough, one night, to declare his true feelings for her....
Tess, in confusion, has to confront her own mixed up emotions concerning Bob. And to address her feelings for her own ever-faithful boyfriend Tony. Especially when he asks her to marry him....
Tess's widowed mother Alice marries Dan, her long-standing partner who can now spend the rest of his years with Alice and his beloved grandson Jackie. Jackie is almost an orphan: his father Jack died in a motorcycle accident. His mother Colette may as well be dead - she decamped to Canada shortly after his birth. But then Colette suddenly shows up to reclaim her son and her arrival in Belfast opens old wounds, triggers a bitter custody battle - and unearths secrets that will change everyone's lives for ever.
©2005 Mary A. Larkin (P)2006 Soundings
I would listen to this book again as I found the plot intriguing and it kept me wanting to find out more.
Tess was my favourite character. She seemed to keep her head while everything fell apart around her and she was a loyal friend.
The narration was great with different accents and voices for the various characters.
I could definitely connect with the emotions of the characters as I have gone through some similar circumstances myself.
It's a long time since I read or listened to fiction and I really enjoyed this book.
"Caroline Lennon sold it for me."
I was looking for an author similar to Maeve Binchy when I came across this book. Although no where close to the caliber of Maeve (in my opinion) it was a nice read. If you want something entertaining but aren't looking for anything deep, this is a good listen. The characters are fun and relatable and although the story was kinda fluffy, the narration was excellent.
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