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22 August 2019
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✨✨ Winner Book of the Year in Prima magazine Big Book Awards 2019 ✨✨
Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.
Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet's destiny, in the most unexpected of ways...
What did I think about it..
Back in the late 1970s, Tara, and her mum, Violet, don’t have an easy time but they're a close knit unit, and even though they live a precarious sort of life, there’s an abundance of love between them as they always look out for each other, that is until her mum goes on holiday with a new boyfriend and doesn’t return. Forty or so years later, Tara receives some unexpected news which opens up a whole batch of memories which have long been hidden.
It’s really difficult to say too much about what happens over the course of Her Last Promise as that would spoil the effect of this complex family saga and a story which flits seamlessly between two different times frames. Either in the present day, or back in 1978, the story progresses with a fine eye for detail, and both Tara and her mum, both fascinating characters soon start to come alive in the imagination. There are also several other people who warm the heart, especially Alf at the hardware shop, Tom, Tara's first boyfriend, and Tara's nan, all of them bring their own special brand of magic to the story.
There are several strands to the story which initially takes some getting used to and there were times when I wondered how everything was going to join together, but I needn’t have worried as the author does a great job of tying up all the loose ends in a satisfying conclusion.
I’ve really enjoyed being on this journey of discovery with Tara, and as she delves further and further into the mystery surrounding her mother’s disappearance, so a fascinating story of love, loss and family secrets starts to emerge.
Her Last Promise is a well written family saga with all the right ingredients for an epic and enjoyable story.
Kathryn Hughes is the internationally best selling author of The Letter, The Secret and The Key. Her total sales exceed 1.4 million copies and her novels have been published into 29 languages.
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