My Rating 4 / 5
This is a rather long book by Louise Douglas, and follows Olivia who had been widowed following her husband being involved in a car accident.
Olivia isn’t welcomed by her husband’s family. Her mother and sister in law really dislike her and she is excluded from decisions about her late husbands burial and memorial.
Louise Douglas has a lovely writing style, it flows well and is easy to read. Her writing is evocative and you can feel Olivia’s grief following the death of Luca. There were sections of the book that seemed to drag and were slightly repetitive but the story is easy to follow and develops well.
The second half alternates between the present day and Olivia’s teenage years when she meets Luca, and it becomes clear why she is disliked so much by Angela and Nathalie. The ending was a little disappointing, however, as the nod of acceptance seemed superficial and false. By the end of the book any sympathies I felt for Olivia had vanished as it was clear she was knowingly hurting Nathalie further.
I’ve enjoyed this book and as proof have downloaded the second book by Louise Douglas, which I look forward to starting soon.