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Erin and Heather Douglas are struggling. Their mother’s death has left a void in their family and everyday life has side-lined their dreams.
Erin has buried herself away in the family home and left her stage career. By hiding away, she is evading the pain of returning to London and the acting world where her ex-fiancé is enjoying success and a new relationship. When she meets charismatic Texan Jackson McGee, she wrestles with her feelings for him. Should she trust another man?
Heather is juggling babies, work, a rocky marriage and running on wine. An overheard conversation makes her ask, would Mark cheat on her?
Can the sisters help one another to face their fears, dust off and revive those dreams and find joy in life?
This is a beautiful story with characters who so well portrayed they are easy to relate to as they are brought to life in the pages of the story. The main two characters are sisters Erin and Heather, both of whom are struggling in their own ways after the untimely death of their mother. Erin had been a promising actress, working on stage and television in London before giving it all up to return to the Barn, her childhood home in Northumberland, to look after her Mum who had had a stroke. It was only meant to be for a few weeks but the weeks kept passing and she had little support from her older siblings or her fiancé who ended their relationship just when she had news to share with him. After her mother had another stroke, Erin has additional loses to contend with but her siblings expect her to sort everything out…..
Heather, Erin’s older sister, has a toddler and is eight months pregnant when their Mum has her first stroke. Heather is struggling to cope with her life in general, especially after her mother’s death, her new baby is born and she returns to work. Alcohol provides a crutch to help support her but has disastrous consequences on her marriage, behaviour and mind set.
This is a dramatic story depicting their struggles but always shines a light at the end of the tunnel. There are dire experiences for them both, important decisions to be made, betrayals and relationships to break and others to develop in this moving portrayal of family life. Despite what I’ve written so far, it isn’t all doom and gloom by any means. It is a great story for showing that despite set backs it is worth keep soldiering on to achieve your dreams and move on to your own HEA in the end! I loved this story and the characters in it. Things do go wrong for both ladies but, in the end, these lead to new possibilities and so the story is an inspirational one, showing that every cloud has a silver lining, even if you don’t see it to begin with! This is a delightful family story and romance which I have no hesitation in highly recommending. If you want an indication of how much I enjoyed this story, my next move after finishing reading it was to buy myself a copy of the previous book by this author, ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’, and I’m really looking forward to reading it!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book without obligation. I chose to read it and this is my honest opinion after doing so.
Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker and a tenacious trainer of her welsh terrier, Oscar. She has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. When Chrissie is not writing or reading, you will find her walking Oscar on the beach, trying to avoid the gym and spending time with her family and friends.
Her new release, THE BARN OF BURIED DREAMS – when will they see daylight?, is a contemporary story about two sisters who are struggling after the death of their mother. It starts in Dunleith, the same Northumbrian setting as her debut novel ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’, and some characters cross both books. Readers can enjoy either book as a stand alone.
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