Letting You Go by Anouska Knight, publisher Harlequin MIRA, is available in ebook format and paperback from TOMORROW 10th September 2015.
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What if a tragedy occurred and you only had yourself to blame? How do you move on from the past?
Alex Foster lives a quiet life, avoiding the home she hasn’t visited in eight years. Then her sister Jaime calls. Their mother is sick, and Alex must return. Suddenly she’s plunged back into the past she’s been trying to escape.
Returning to her hometown, memories of the tragic accident that has haunted her and her family are impossible to ignore. Alex still blames herself for what happened to her brother and it’s soon clear that her father holds her responsible too. As Alex struggles to cope, can she ever escape the ghosts of the past?
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This is the third book by Anouska Knight, winner of ITV Lorraine Kelly’s writing competition. Her debut novel, Since You’ve Been Gone became a bestseller and after finished reading Letting You Go I predict another hit on Anouska’s hands.
A heartbreaking tragedy in the Foster family has, and is still after many years, haunted the lives of Blythe and Ted Foster with their daughters Alex and Jem. Alex’s way of coping with this terrible event was to move away from home and her family as soon as she could. After eight years living away from home Alex receives a phone call from her sister informing her that her mother is ill in hospital. Alex has no option but to face her fears head on and visit her family.
Alex is suddenly hit with reminders of the past and is struggling to cope with this and with the worry of her mother’s illness. Slowly Alex starts to open up her wounds from years gone by but secrets from all around her are set to explode and change the past she thought she knew. Can Alex let go of the past and move on with the present? Can she learn to enjoy what life brings without feeling guilty?
This was such a beautiful, gripping story with so many unspoken secrets that spun the story in a different direction. What the family had to cope with during this tragic event years ago was utterly heartbreaking. I could feel the emotions in the words on the page and my heart was breaking. I loved the sound of the village that the story was set in and enjoyed the celebrated history of the area. The book was quite a lengthy read, over 490 pages, but I was engrossed so much in the storyline I didn’t want it to end, I would have been quite happy for another hundred pages. The story was written with such ease, the characters were identifiable and came across as warm and well liked individuals. The storyline was very moving at times and my heart was breaking for them all but also my heart was aching as I wanted them to let love heal their hearts.
A beautiful, heartfelt, family saga 5/5*.
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