Started – 15/2/12
Finished – 7/3/12
Format – paperback
Synopsis – Rose Leonard is on the run from her life. Taking refuge in a remote island community, she cocoons herself in work, silence and solitude in a house by the sea. But she is haunted by her past, by memories and desires she’d hoped were long dead. Rose must decide whether she has in fact chosen a new life or just a different kind of death. Life and love are offered by new friends, her lonely daughter, and most of all Calum, a fragile younger man who has his own demons to exorcise. But does Rose, with her tenuous hold on life and sanity, have the courage to say yes to life and put her past behind her?
My Thoughts – I won a competion on the BCF back in 2010 and this book was one of the prizes, yes it does take me that long to reach the end of my TBR pile.
This book centres on Rose who moves to a small island community. Here she meets Calum who on the surface seems like a normal guy, as Rose seems like a normal woman. However, they both have hidden demons, serious ones. It is a story of whether the two of them can overcome their demons and live not only their own lives, but maybe even a life together, and i felt like the two of them could only have got over their demons together.
Rose’s daughter. Megan, makes an appearance during the book and their is a lot of mystery as to why she and her mother dont see eye to eye. When this was revealed in the book i was seriously shoocked to the reason, and it really shocked me as to how a daughter could have done that to her mother, but i think it was the ‘spell’ she was put under by somebody. I dont want to say what incase it spoils it for anyone who hasnt yet read the book.
the character of Gavin was a very complex one. I even felt like he was actually present, when he couldnt really be. I felt that he was quite a horrible person for what he did too.
This book was so poetic and beautiful, if at sometimes haunting. I took my time reading this book some parts over and over again. It is a beautiful story that i was so sorry that it ended. The relationship between Rose and Calum was so complex,but also so simple, i really enjoyed reading the stages of it develop.
This is my first experience with this author and it will most definitaly not be my last. I cant wait to read more by this author, I’m going to put these up to the top of my wishlist
Rating – 5/5