"Rarely does a book touch and affect me several weeks…"
Rarely does a book touch and affect me several weeks after finishing it. This book did just that. The pace at first was admittedly slow, although i was immediately drawn to Lexie, i loved her growth and could really identify with her. Elina on the other hand was harder to connect with, although she did grow on me.<br><br>The message of motherhood was strong throughout, and I loved seeing the bond between Lexie and her child, despite initially appearing to be a selfish character she really came into her own as a mother.<br><br>I wont give any more away but the climax had me sobbing uncontrollably, thank god i wasnt on the tram! If you have already read it you will know which bit i mean! The wrapping up of the story sat uncomfortably with me for a long time, but in a good way IYSWIM. I had to remind myself it wasnt real - a rare feat for a work of fiction!<br><br>An amazing book, one which will not be going to the charity shop. I have read all of O'Farrell's books and this one remains the best.<br><br>http://www.mumsnet.com/competitions/my-little-pony-lapland-tripRead moreLess
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"I loved this book. The characters really drew me in…"
I loved this book. The characters really drew me in and haunted me even after I had finished. I found the chapters about adjusting to motherhood really rang true.Read moreLess
"Compelling. I couldn't put it down and neither could my…"
Compelling. I couldn't put it down and neither could my husband, who has a different taste in literature to me. I was given it as a present when I had my chld - a great idea!<br><br>It made me look for other books by the author.Read moreLess
"This is just a brilliant book. I thought particularly apt…"
This is just a brilliant book. I thought particularly apt for Mumsnet as well as there is a lot of beautifully written content about being a mum. <br>The story is excellent: great characters who are extremely believable, well-crafted as it is set between two different times and sets of people; moving and also funny. Really, really recommend it and I am already looking forward to reading more of Maggie O'Farrell's work.Read moreLess