***This book was just so charming. Whimsical, charming and very, very sweet. It is simply a story about the connection between mothers and daughters. It is also a story about growing up, letting go and losing the ones you love. Not often do I read a book in one day, but the fact that I read this in a day is perhaps testament to just how engaging I found this novel. The characters of Mary, Scarlett, Emer and Tansey are what make this story. The connection between each of the women and the dynamics of their relationships were the best parts of the novel; although, I found Tansey and Emer’s story much more engaging than Mary and Scarlett’s. However, Mary was my favourite – cheeky, feisty and loveable. That brings me to another point and that is that this book is almost entirely dialogue. This didn’t bother me, in fact I found it sped up the pace of the book, but I know it would be an annoyance for some. I loved the flashbacks and the historical aspect of the novel. I just wish there had been more as, for me, the present day scenes became a little annoying. So, if the book was so sweet and charming and if I found it so engaging why am I not rating it higher? Well I felt a little cheated to be honest. I thought the ‘road trip’ would be the major part of the book. I was disappointed to find it was in fact only the last 50 pages or so. However, this was a really fast, charming, nostalgic and quirky read which is probably best enjoyed with a slice of cake and a cup of tea. It was truly grand and reminded me of this sweet little song.
“ahh, but I may as well try and catch the wind…”A copy of this book was provided by the publishers.