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Review: The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells by Virginia Macgregor

Title: The Astonishing Return of Norah WellsNorah Wells

Author: Virginia Macgregor

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group, Sphere

Pages: 480

Date of Publication: January 14th, 2016

Rating: 5/5

My Review:

I read and was amazed by the emotive writing style of this author in her earlier novel, What Milo Saw, so was delighted to be invited by the publishers to read an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review – many thanks to them for enabling me to do so!

This is another superbly written story, told from the points of view of several different characters, the most endearing of whom has to be six year old Willa – or their dog, Louis. This is definitely a story you need to read for yourself and I’m trying desperately not to give any spoilers away!

The characters are complex, well defined and incredible. The plot is robust, enthralling and full of dilemmas, twists and turns. The whole story is a wonderful exploration of family relationships, expectations, dynamics and actions told in a beautiful, heartwarming, desperate, heartbreaking and emotive manner. It will have you laughing, then crying, riding a roller coaster ride of mixed emotions and experiences. Full of family drama, it is another superbly written, unforgettable story from this extremely talented writer, as story I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys character led family sagas.

Thanks again to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for gifting me an ecopy of this book in exchange for this, my honest review.


One ordinary morning, Norah walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she walked away from only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah’s family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah’s husband and Norah’s youngest daughter calls Fay ‘Mummy’.

Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they each need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all – what happens to The Mother Who Stayed when The Mother Who Left comes back?

From the author of What Milo Saw, comes this powerful, emotional and perceptive novel about what it takes to hold a family together and what you’re willing to sacrifice for the ones you love.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com 


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