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Who Your Friends Are

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Plain Pat and Lovely Rita – childhood best friends who shared lives and confidences through the 1950s and 60s.As the two followed different paths through the 70’s, they grew apart, but Pat always stayed loyal to their friendship.

Now, years later, Pat finds herself with time on her hands, and begins to look back on her relationship with Rita and her sisters, at the same time as she has a crisis in her own life and problems in her grown up family.

 

A deceptively simple story that makes you think about relationships, self-deceit and how we fail to spot the obvious.Susan Day’s understated style beautifully captures the limitations, the possibilities and excitement – and the music – of Britain in the post-war years.

 


The Roads They Travelled

It is 1941. Nell is a refugee from the Channel Islands. Kath and Ginny are sisters, bombed out of the East End and rehoused in another area, one where Sadie has lived all her life.

The four young girls come together on a summer day for a bike ride into the country that will bind them together for the rest of their lives. And there is another girl – Marcie – marginal to the group, she is not included in the expedition, but throughout their lives the mystery of Marcie cannot be resolved or forgotten.

The story follows the women through their experiences in a post-war world – variously: a war bride in Canada, a mother of five children, a woman who chooses to live unmarried with her lover, one who marries unexpectedly and late, one who marries badly after a divorce. They keep going, whether happy or not; they keep in touch, just.

More than seventy years later the remaining three are still in touch, observed and chronicled by Sadie’s daughter, and still thinking of Marcie, trying to come to terms with the tragedy that has been a constant in their lives.

‘The Roads They Travelled’ is a story of the power of our early friendships to endure in spite of distance and distractions and differences. It is a story of resilience in the face of sorrow and loss, and of the strength that small kindnesses can offer.

If you have read ‘Who Your Friends Are’ you will recognise some of the characters in The Roads They Travelled.

 

Ordinary is made extraordinary by the intricacies shared in this beautifully woven tale of lives shaped by the forces of history .Offers fresh new perspectives on lifes lived – its pages are filled with moments and stories that are a pleasure to take into the imagination.


Hollin Clough

There are families that would fall apart if the truth came out.

Jen admires her father and Frank believes that his daughters are happy, but no one in any family knows the whole story.

This family has fractured before, and been patched up by secrets and evasions.

Now things are about to change.

 

The more I read, the more I enjoyed it. A real page-turner – well-written and believable.A book that makes you think. The characters are very convincingly drawn and deftly written.

 


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