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Author: Annabel Kantaria
Publishers: Harlequin (UK) Ltd, Mira
Date of Publication: April 21st, 2016
This is a story flits from three different eras in the life of the three main character, Audrey Templeton and the twins she has acted as mother for. The far past is when Audrey lost her parents and travelled from her home in England for a fresh start with her friend in India. It is here that she meets and later marries the father of three month old twins. The early years of her life in London are the second era and the present is her approaching seventieth birthday, when the twins, John and Lexi are in their forties. It is a story which explores relationships, reveals that all is often not what it seems, especially when most of your lives together are built on lies – and it has a great conclusion.
This is a story of a very different family life and has some intriguing aspects to it. Unfortunately it didn’t draw me in as much as I would have expected, I found the initial chapters of the story confusing at times as it flits from one era to another and back again but it is worth persevering with as all becomes clear as you become immersed in the lives of the characters. It definitely encourages the reader to look beyond the obvious as Audrey and the twins reveal more about themselves, their expectations and plans. It is easy to relate to Audrey, but I certainly didn’t find it as easy with the twins or their father, who is a moody, controlling rapist. It is, however, the epilogue which makes it all worthwhile.
Thanks to the publishers for inviting me to read this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Audrey Templeton wants to spend her 70th birthday with her children on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise. Neither John or Lexi are overjoyed by a week with their widowed, increasingly forgetful mother, but reluctantly agree.
Celebrating at the ship’s famous White Night party, Audrey reveals that although their domineering father left them nothing, when she dies John and Lexi will inherit a life-changing sum. With both children facing financial difficulties, the news is a huge relief.
Then Audrey disappears. The search moves from the ship to the Mediterranean Sea beyond, but there is no trace – she has simply vanished.
As John and Lexi investigate, clues to their mother’s past emerge – a past in India, of scandal and tragedy – hidden until now. Soon they start to wonder if they ever really knew Audrey, and whether they can trust one another…
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