I was sent this book by the wonderful Karen at Orenda Books because she thought I might like it. She wasn’t wrong.

A debut novel and inspired by her own experiences this book made me cry, and not many do that! I cried for the Mum, the Daughter, and the Dad. I cried for the sailors, and I cried because while it was not a happy ending in the true sense of the word there came an acceptance, a growing and an understanding of how fleeting life and chance can be. How we kick ourselves for not recognising things that become blindingly obvious, how we question ourselves as parents, how we don’t always ask the questions of the older generations that perhaps we should and how far on into our lives and their lives the experiences we have shape our character and our attitudes.

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