📖 Thrilled to host a stop on the concluding day of this blog tour 📖
9 February 2021
My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
and to Rachel's Random Resources for my invitation to the blog tour
Should first love be left in the past, or is first love, forever love...
Sisters Annie and Jess are used to their mother Julia being spontaneous. But when Julia announces she’s flying off to Rome to meet her first love Patrick, whom she hasn’t seen for fifty years, it's an adventure too far. So, her daughters decide the only way to keep Julia safe, is to go too – without actually telling their mother she has chaperones!
Julia and Patrick’s love story was everything – epic, once-in-a-lifetime, with a tragic ending and life-long consequences. First love is hard to forget, but sometimes, just sometimes, life delivers a chance to rewrite your story.
As the eternal city of Rome works its magic, old secrets, old friends and old loves become new possibilities and new dreams. And when the four travellers return home, nothing will ever be the same again.
📖 My thoughts..
When Julia decides that she is travelling to Rome to meet up with a special man from her past her daughters, Annie and Jessie, are concerned as Julia, now in her seventies, has a tendency to be overly spontaneous. The sisters are naturally cautious about what might happen when their three times married mother meets again with Patrick, the man who was her first love many years ago, and Annie and Jess are determined to keep a clandestine eye on Julia whilst she is in Rome.
Rome is described in such a lovely way that both the place, and its people, come alive in the imagination. I especially enjoyed getting to know Julia, Annie and Jess, and as the emotional reasons for travelling to meet Patrick in Rome are revealed so the story starts to gain momentum. That there are secrets to be uncovered becomes obvious as the story progresses and in part two of the story, which I think was my favourite, all the loose strands of this complex family drama start to be brought together.
In This Changes Everything the author has handled a difficult subject with sensitivity, warmth and understanding, and has written an interesting multi-generational family saga which is filled with secrets and emotional surprises.
About the Author
Helen McGinnis a much-loved wine expert on TV and in print and an international wine judge. She spent ten years as a supermarket buyer sourcing wines around the world before setting up her award-winning blog (and best-selling wine book)The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club.She is the drinks writer for the Daily Mail and regularly appears on TV’s Saturday Kitchen and This Morning. Helen lives in the New Forest and Boldwood are publishing her debut women’s fiction title in Spring 2021.
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