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Jessie Martin believes that when it comes to love there are three types of people: the skimmers, the bottom dwellers and the ones who dive for pearls. Jessie is a pearl diver. She had thought her husband William was a pearl diver too. But when William leaves her for a much younger woman, it’s not just Jessie’s heart that is broken, her ability to trust is shattered too. All Jessie wanted was a love she could believe in. Was that so much to ask? Loyalty it seems has gone out of fashion.
Refusing to retire from the battlefield of life, Jessie resolves to put her heartache behind her. She doesn’t want to be that woman who was too scared to love again. There has to be another pearl diver out there; all she has to do is find him.
Urged on by her sassy best friend, Anne and her daughter Hannah, Jessie makes three New Year’s resolutions: get a divorce, get a promotion, get a life. Enthusiastically embracing her new start, Jessie sets about making all her resolutions come true.
When fate brings handsome flower seller Owen Phillips into her life, will Jessie have the courage of her convictions? Can she take her heart in her hands and give it away again? Hope springs eternal they say but a bruised heart needs to time to heal. Will Owen have the patience to understand? Will Jessie be brave enough to take that leap of faith?
I really enjoyed this debut full length novel by Ellie Holmes and I am truly thankful to Ellie for the arc of her book in return for an honest review.
I have to admit I was initially drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover. The two tone effect of the earthy greens with the pop of pinks is very striking and befit to the story.
The story is based around the year in the life of Jessie Martin, we begin in January with Jessie going on her first blind date following the break-up of her marriage to William. Jessie and William had been happily married for 20 years but when William recently revealed he’d found someone else, someone a lot younger than Jessie, and was leaving her, Jessie’s world had become shattered.
Jessie was struggling with her new single status but a chance meeting with local flower seller, Owen Phillips, brings much needed friendship into her life which soon blossoms into more. During a romantic weekend away in Wales with Owen, they bump into someone that appears to recognise Owen but calls him by another name. Owen shrugs off this encounter and Jessie and Owen carry on enjoying the first flush of a new relationship. However, during the rest of the story you are left wondering who is Owen Phillips?
William’s new relationship isn’t the bed of roses he was expecting and he realises he has made a dreadful mistake but following a revelation he is now feeling trapped. William and Jessie are battling with the financial implications of the divorce but does William have an ulterior motive for stalling the proceedings?
The last few chapters of this story left my heart pounding as I wasn’t sure which direction the story was going to unfold. The whole story kept me gripped and intrigued with this wonderful tale of love and mystery. I can’t quite believe this is Ellie’s first full length novel, her writing style flowed well and her portrayal of the characters and setting along with the storyline kept me thoroughly entertained. I look forward to more from Ellie Holmes. 5/5*
I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the novel:
“The china was so fine it was almost translucent. It hardly seemed robust enough to hold scalding liquid and yet clearly it was stronger than it looked. And that’s how I must be. Robust.”
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