Betrayed and heartbroken, Ellie is looking for somewhere to hide away. Losing the man she loves is bad enough, but his accusation that it’s all her own fault undermines her confidence and leaves her floundering to figure out who she is and where she belongs.
Rowan Hill seems like the ideal sanctuary.
Emma has created a cast of well-rounded characters whose lives intersect in ways that we can’t fully understand at first. Whilst the story primarily focuses on Ellie and is told from her view point, we get introduced to the people around her and see how Ellie’s presence in their lives changes them as well as her.
The characters have so many wonderful layers to their personalities I was fascinated to delve deeper and didn’t want to put the book down.
The mysterious Will bares his own scars and his struggle to overcome them puts a strain on his relationship with Ellie and his brother Finn. When Will’s past is revealed it is utterly heart-breaking. Emma has handled such a sensitive topic with warmth and compassion.
It's not just the people who are intriguing though, but the place too. I loved the descriptions of this beautiful old property, with it's narrow hidden staircase, log fires and stunning grounds. It's the kind of place I would love to live in, if I wasn't quite so fond of my central heating.
I’m looking forward to reading your next novel Emma.