When I open the door and see her, my mind starts churning. Why are they here? What do they want? And why did my daughter leave in the first place? Am I finally, after all of these years, going to find out? I take a deep breath and usher them in… Ruth has spent every day of the last fifteen years wondering why her daughter Isobel left. Walking around the school to which she has given her life, every child she sees reminds her of her family’s bright future which vanished in an instant. So when Ruth opens the door to find Isobel and a teenage grandson she never knew existed, she feels a rush of relief. Despite the years of hurt she never stopped loving Isobel and wants to help rebuild her life. Enrolling her grandson at the school, Ruth wants to make sure they stay for good. Isobel has spent her life running from a painful secret. A secret which could have destroyed her family. Now, as she flees a bad relationship, she knows that her childhood home is the only place where she can be safe. But as Isobel looks at her son in his crisp new uniform, she is taken straight back to the reason she ran all those years ago. Soon it becomes clear that she is not the only one tormented by the past. Someone is prepared to destroy everything Ruth and Isobel hold dear. Can Isobel confront her darkest secret before it is too late?
Why do young people run away from home? On the one hand it can be because they want to get away for the terror they have been going through for a long time and enough is enough. On the other hand though it can be because they have to hide something they are ashamed of and feel guilty about and want to protect their family.
Life goes on and sometimes you are forced to go back home even if you really do not want to be there. But maybe things are different now and you can start building bridges. It seems, for a while, that you did make the right decision until that one devastating event…
Sometimes people have to make choices. They think they are making the right ones in order to keep a legacy alive for the sake of the family. In the progress they are forced to be harsh too, but sometimes you have to take some collateral damage in your stride in order to achieve your goals. It’s a pity, but there is no way around it or is there?
Sometimes you have to be very careful and pick the right people to believe or trust or it will come back to haunt you.
This is a great story about a family being torn apart and reunited again for good…
I loved it. 5 stars
Thank you, Leah Mercer and Bookouture
About the author
Leah Mercer was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Her first ambition was to be a journalist, but after completing a master’s in journalism, she soon realised she preferred anything other than reporting the news. After trying her hand at public relations, teaching and recruitment in various countries around the world, she finally settled in London and returned to writing… fiction, this time. Her first two novels, Who We Were Before and The Man I Thought You Were, were shortlisted at the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards. Leah loves books, running and visiting historic houses with her husband and their son.
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