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This is a very different. moving story of family, secrets, grief and so much more, One that spans their family history not for one decade but four! Pearl Flowers hasn't seen or spoken to her Dad for thirty years When her older brother calls to share his fears. Her parents split when she was a teen Her Dad married again but for his first family he didn't seem keen. He pushed them away but didn't say why Maybe he'll explain now he's about to die? Though she rushed, she arrives too late And thinks that's the end, a final twist of fate. However her Dad has left his diaries, just for her Written in a code script the two used to share. As Pearl reconnects with her brothers There are secrets hiding from her and others. Will the secrets the diaries start to reveal Enable her and her family to heal? However there are secrets in her past, too And reading the diaries brings a revelation through It is only by facing up to what is in the past That they can move on to happiness at last. This is such an emotional read Keep tissues by your side in case of need. It is one full of heartbreak, regrets and more That divided the family that was before. It keeps you turning the pages as the secrets come to light Giving new outlooks on the participants plight Making it easy to relate to each other Healing wounds they have yet to uncover. For my complementary copy of this book, I say thank you, I throughly enjoyed reading it and this is my honest review.
Pearl Flowers has been hiding away for so long that she has forgotten what real life is like. Her quiet routine in a woodland cottage in France is a sanctuary, far away from her past life running a beauty salon. But even when she is sitting at the foot of a beech tree with her drawing pad, surrounded by birdsong, her mind is never still. If she keeps herself distracted and far away, her past can’t hurt her… can it?
But then an unexpected phone call throws her calm world into chaos. Back in the UK, her estranged father Francis is dying. She hasn’t seen him for decades since he pushed her away and destroyed their family. And on his death-bed, Francis leaves her a gift – a diary, written in a code that only Pearl can understand.
As she begins to read her father’s diary, Pearl discovers that for forty years he had been thinking of her almost every day. And as she reads on, secrets begin to emerge from the pages causing her to question everything she thought she knew.
Reeling from the diary’s revelations, Pearl realises that the only way to heal and find true happiness is to face the past. But is she ready to confront her deepest secret, the one she’s been running from all this time?
This utterly tear-jerking and heartwarming novel is for anyone who knows it’s never too late to find happiness. Fans of Matt Haig, Mike Gayle and Camille Pagán will fall in love with this beautiful, feel-good story.
Before writing books, I did a lot of different jobs. I worked in schools, shops, offices, hospitals, students’ unions, basements, from home, in my car, and up a tree. OK, not up a tree. I’ve been a sexual health trainer, a journalist, a psychology lecturer, a PhD student, a lousy alcohol counsellor, and an inept audio-typist. I sold pens, bread, and condoms. Not in the same shop. I taught parents how to tell if their teenagers are taking drugs (clue: they act like teenagers), and taught teenagers how to put on condoms (clue: there won’t really be a cucumber). I taught rabbis how to tell if their teenagers are druggedly putting condoms on cucumbers.
Throughout this, I always wrote, and always drank a lot of tea. I’m now pretty much unbeatable at drinking tea.
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