An uplifting novel of friendship, family and new love
April 16th is always one of Charley’s worst days of the year.
It’s her husband’s birthday, a painful reminder of his death four years ago.
So naturally, her car breaks down.
She nearly gets run over trying to catch the bus.
And then she’s made redundant.
Her friends see the redundancy as a chance for her to start again and live the life she always wanted, but since being widowed Charley has clung to familiarity and avoided change like the plague. Then, out of the blue, her mother-in-law Pam pitches up in need of a place to stay after walking out on her 40-year marriage.
Together, Charley and Pam find themselves at a crossroad. It’s not easy to move on after The One, but they can’t stand still forever.
A gorgeously heartwarming and feel-good story for fans of Libby Page and Nicola Gill
And even better . . . it's the first book in a two book deal - so watch this space!
Some days the fates have really got it in for you. When Charley Taylor woke up on Thursday 16 April, with a leaden, flat weight squatting heavily in her stomach, she knew it was going to be one of those days. But then 16 April was always one of the worst days of the year for Charley, one of a handful of days when, instead of leaping out of bed with her usual verve, she wanted to stay put, pull a 10-tog security blanket over her head and hide from the world. All told there were eight duvet-hiding days in Charley’s year, the others being, in date order: 8 August (her wedding anniversary), 22 September (her birthday), then Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.
And then there was 25 February, aka the worst day of the year.
So, on this particular Thursday morning, all Charley wanted to do was hibernate with a pack of chocolate digestives until it was Friday. But it was gone seven o’clock and she had to get up and go to work, because, regard- less of the date, and regardless of little things like births, marriages and deaths, life goes on.
I loved this sweetly engaging story of two women overcoming heartbreak at different stages of life – it envelopes the reader in a warm hug of friendship and hope.
It reminds us that loss is a part of life, but it’s the not the end of it...and those that are no longer with us will always be in our hearts.
What a beautiful story. So emotional to follow Charley on her journey of trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband.
A fabulous book that will strike a chord with readers everywhere. Honest, heart-warming, witty and wonderfully layered with pathos and emotion