Weight: 420 g
This is a powerful and emotionally engaging novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Don't Let Me Go.
Lainey Hollingsworth has spent her whole life on the outside of a secret. Her mother would never discuss the reasons she abandoned Italy when Lainey was a new born, nor has she ever stayed in touch with the family she left behind. Now Lainey's mother is dead, taking the secret with her, and leaving Lainey free to find out about her roots. Her husband, Tom, appears supportive, until he hits her with a bombshell that shatters the very foundations of their marriage. Another secret Lainey never knew anything about. Shaken, but more determined than ever to find out who she really is, Lainey takes her children to Umbria in search of answers. What she finds in the sleepy, sunbaked village of her birth turns her world inside out.
In the Hollingsworth household, Lainey Hollingsworth is the "go to" person. She manages everything and everyone, from her author – husband Tom's publicity, to the lives of her two children and one stepson, as well as the care of her elderly stepfather, Peter, who suffers from Alzheimer's. Their life is happy, yet a bit chaotic. One day while planning a family trip to Italy, she receives a text message, "Ask your husband about Julie'. Lainey's perfect life turns upside down and everything she thought she knew about Tom and her marriage is thrown out the window. As her life continues to unravel, she must decide if her husband still deserves her trust and determine if finding out about her ancestry – the past that her mother refused to disclose to anyone – is something she really wants to know.
It's almost cliché, but perhaps, the truth doesn't necessarily sets her free. It was supposed to be this cathartic experience for her, yet we never saw how the truth impacted her family. I felt cheated as I was expecting to see a woman's transformation from who she was in the begining and who she became in the end. But despite of what is lacking in the story and admittedly some parts may seem a bit contrived, I still found the writing to be quite engaging and entertaining.
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