Eliza Graham - Another Day Gone
Sara's upbringing has been unconventional - her parents died in a car crash when she was a baby, and she and her older sister Polly were brought up by their grandfather and his housekeeper, Bridie, in his riverside home. Sara and Polly are close, but Sara feels she can never live up to her sister's superiority. Then when Polly is eighteen, she disappears along with Bridie's nephew, Michael. Clearly they don't want to be found - it's obvious that other people are sending postcards on their behalf. As the years pass, Sarah begins to make her own life. Then suddenly Polly returns without Michael. This is a catalyst for secrets of the past to be revealed, though it is a difficult time for the two women. Unusual twists, heartbreak and historic detail are woven into the strands of the book until all is finally uncovered.
Carol Mason - The Shadow Between Us
Olivia boarded a plane to America after leaving university for a summer adventure, little realising that she would meet and marry an American, and be a mother soon afterwards. But a couple of decades on, her ideal family life is in tatters. She's living apart from her husband and daughter in a seaside resort, her emotions shattered. She only wishes to cut herself off from the world. Then an invitation to join a letter writing club in the local bookshop rouses her from her torpor. Among the motley collection of people in the group is injured war veteran Ned. Somehow they begin to connect, each acknowledging that the other has been through trauma. Olivia has some major choices to make, the greatest of which is whether she can go back to her husband. The novel is deep and heart-wrenching, and explores whether we can face up to life's darkest events, and what it takes to heal. Memorable.
Imogen Clark - Where the Story Starts
After years of heartbreak and turmoil, Leah is more settled, and doing her utmost to be the best possible single mum to Poppy and Noah. She's managing to keep her finances afloat to make a home for them in her little house in the coastal town of Whitley Bay. Then Clio turns up unexpectedly on her doorstep, and asks in her cut-glass accent if she can look round the house. When Leah finally relents, she begins to forge an unlikely friendship with someone from a totally different background to herself. This leads her on a journey of undisclosed history, new relationships and past misdemeanors causing unwelcome shocks. As their stories unfold, their friendship is tested to the limit. An enjoyable read.