I would like to start by saying thank you to Katherine for sending me a copy to review!
On a mud-caked Manchester lakeside at Christmas 1918, the unlikeliest of romance blossoms. Once a disturbed ex-soldier and the other a headstrong ex-suffragist, yet Patrick and Dorothy Hammond fit together like pieces of a jigsaw. The quiet village of Little Wychwood is just the place for them to escape the confines of their old lives. There at last, they are free to realise their dreams: restoring a farm and starting a family.
Except its not quite as simple as that. Things start to go wrong very quickly, and the Hammonds are swung around and around on an emotional trapeze as they battled their way through the next forty years. With their own families being rocked apart and revealing horrifying secrets, not to mention the wars they fight inside their own heads, will they manage to hold it together for the sake of their children, their faith… and their village?
I read this heartwarming book this weekend, and could not put it down! A great story, very well written.
Some of the subjects in it are hard-hitting, but mirrors what a lot of families of that era, and in modern times go through. They were handled very well, and did not make it uncomfortable to read. Some people may find these subjects hard to read, so because of this, there is a content warning at the end of this review.
The characters are written incredibly well, and I was hooked from the very start. Following them through wars, and as they start a family, you become attached. Following Dorothy and Patrick is an emotion rollercoaster, but one that I enjoyed reading, and the ending was spot on!
A tale of love, loss and forgiveness, a heartwarming emotional read which will leave you wanting more with each chapter. Hard to believe it’s her debut novel, and I look forward to Katherine’s next adventure!
⚠️ Content Warning: Domestic abuse, child loss and suicide