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Summary

A beautiful story of love and second chances, with a remarkable family at its heart, from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

So much can change in half a lifetime....

Then

At 15, George is the foster brother Leah never asked for. As the angry, troubled boy struggles to come to terms with his circumstances, Leah finds herself getting drawn closer to him.

Theo’s wealthy family have mysteriously pulled him out of boarding school, and he’s now enrolled at the local state school with Leah and George. When their worlds collide that summer, the three teenagers form a bond they believe will be unbreakable. But life doesn’t always go to plan....

Now

Shocking news brings Leah back to Yorkshire, baby daughter in tow. But Emilie’s father, Theo, isn’t with them, and George has unexpectedly returned. After half a lifetime, have they healed the scars of their pasts? Will coming back home set their hearts in a different direction?

©2021 Paige Toon. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, UK. All Rights Reserved.

Critic reviews

"A beautiful story about love and family and healing broken hearts. It swept me up and wouldn’t let me go - I loved it." (Beth O’Leary)

"Gorgeous, brimming with heart, this is Paige Toon at her best. Beautiful and accomplished.... A class act." (Milly Johnson)

"Utterly brilliant.... I want to go back and read it all again. A book that highlights the strength of love and the importance of compassion and understanding." (Giovanna Fletcher)

"An absolute tearjerker, full of love for the family we’re born into and the one we build along the way. This book will live in my heart for a long, long time." (Lindsey Kelk)

"This novel almost finished me off! An absolute heartwarming delight delivered with Paige's trademark warmth. The wonderful cast of characters will stay with you long after you've reached the final page." (Katy Colins)

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Enjoyed BUT...

Loved the story but found following the story line a bit confusing. Then and now ways of telling a story can be irritating, I found myself having to rewind to get my head around things.

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Beautiful written

I love Paige Toon books, this is by far one of my favourites. So descriptive and you just fall in love with characters straight away. Narrator was brilliant too. I could go on and on about this book it was so good, just beautiful ❤️

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Simply beautiful

Having read or listened to all of Paige Toon’s books, I’ve been looking forward to the release of this one for so long and I was not disappointed! Without a doubt this is one of my new favourites. A beautiful and emotive story narrated perfectly.

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Simply stunning

I adored this book! It's beautifully written, it talks about important issues with sensitivity, the characters feel real and you get swept away in their lives. The narrator was incredible too, such a captivating performance. It's been a long time since I've had a book I just want to binge listen to, I'm really sad it's over!

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Same old Paige Toon

I like Paige Toon but am finding more and more that all her books take the same format and are becoming predictable.
Yes this was a nice easy listen but nothing special.

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Read more like a YA novel, bland and sugary, also the narrator grated on me

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Good story but a bit confusing at times

Good story but a bit confusing with the story at time, feel like you have missed something. however it lovely and refreshing to have a fostering and adoption process written into a book. hat off for this

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Lovely Gentle Story

You kind of know where this story is going, but the parts about fostering are really interesting, insightful and heartwarming. Lifts it above the usual love story. Very enjoyable and beautiful read.

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A beautiful, poignant and delightful listen

This book deserves every positive review it receives.
Beautifully drawn characters who one is simultaneously impressed by and filled with compassion and a desire to see them thrive and enjoy happiness.

This is a listen filled with pathos, poignancy and deep emotions all deftly drawn by Paige Toon in a book touching on tough life challenges but without the doom and gloom that can be present in so many books considered to be worthy of being in the ‘literary canon.’

Personal life challenges are so intense I require, happy endings. As a callow literature student, ironically considering myself open-minded, I was ‘programmed’ to deride the levity (save for Jane Austen) of an uplifting, gladdening ending which were generally regarded as signalling a lack of literary heft.

However the personal need for fiction providing happiness for characters one comes to really care for, is now potent and I was wary having been disappointed by the not so happy ending in the last Paige Toon book I listened to(title given by *).

I wasn’t alone, discovering my carer, who’d also listened to it had felt short changed by the ending of an otherwise good book.

In this title there are moments which prompted tears and if, another recent listen, hadn’t prompted donating to a charity for young adults (18 year olds) just out of the care system, this book would have done so.

The magnanimity and love of good foster care, and the wider topic of children requiring care; biological children who’s parents are also foster parents; alongside insights into Alpacas and angora rabbits were all movingly, tenderly and interestingly covered in this emotional and truly lovely listen.

Thank you Paige Toon for one of your finest works.




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heartwarming

lovely narration, characters brought to life in this wholesome story of love loss and hope.