Somebody Else’s Boy: St Nicholas Bay series written by Jo Bartlett, publisher Accent Press is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Will Nancy and Jack be allowed to embrace the future, or will their histories forever bind them to the past?
Drama teacher Nancy O’Brien puts her ambitions on hold to support her family, and returns to her idyllic seaside home town, St Nicholas Bay. Jack has his own reasons for heading to the Bay; a young widower desperate to come to terms with his loss, he hopes setting up home there with baby son, Toby, might just enable him to survive the future.
As Nancy and Jack become closer, not everyone is thrilled, in particular Toby’s grandmother, who can’t bear to see her late daughter ‘replaced’. When Fraser – the only man Nancy’s ever really loved – reappears, her living arrangements with Jack seem set for disaster.
I’d like to thank the author, Jo Bartlett, for an arc in return for a review.
This is the first book I’ve read by Jo Bartlett and after reading this novel Jo will be going straight onto my favourite author’s list. Somebody Else’s Boy is book one in the St Nicholas Bay series. I was initially drawn to this novel by the gorgeous cover with it’s quaint illustration of a coastal community. I do prefer illustrated covers to photographic ones, they appeal more to me.
Within the first few pages of this novel Jo Bartlett takes you on an emotional journey with the two main characters Nancy and Jack experiencing such tragic events in their personal lives that change their outlook forever. My heart was breaking for them both. Their situations were quite different but they were both experiencing great losses in their lives. A chance encounter brings the two strangers together and a solution to one of their most recent dilemmas is resolved. Nancy and Jack are joined together in a community project bringing a theatre group to the local community centre. Jack helps with the screenplay for a new pantomime. The community is brought together for the pantomime with some comical results. However, the panto does not bring happy times to all of the residents in the community as one of their own is faced with a terrifying ordeal. Friendships and families are put to the test with events from the past and present changing the course of the future for Nancy, Jack and their close-ones.
Jo Bartlett has written a wonderful tale set around an idyllic coastal bay in the south of England with characters that are easily relatable and you find yourself loving as each page is read. I instantly fell for little Toby. This story subtly deals with grief, loss, betrayal, abuse, new beginnings all with such a warmth that you get enveloped in the emotions the characters are feeling but you don’t feel depressed … a story with hope and strength emanating from new beginnings mixed with a big dose of love. 5/5*
I am really looking forward to continuing falling in love with the characters in the St Nicholas Bay series.
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