Thursday, March 17, 2022

Where the Story Starts by Imogen Clark

 

So far all the novels I've read by Imogen Clark have been wonderful.  While I generally go for mysteries or police procedurals, this women's fiction genre is exactly what I needed now.  The story is told in present time with a few switches to the past allowing the reader to see three different points of view.

Our narrators are Grace, Leah and Clio.  All are well developed characters.  Love, friendship and betrayal are the major themes.

Leah is a woman in her thirties with two children.  She is a single mum and doing the best she can juggling work, finances and being a good parent for her children.  In the first chapter Leah is struggling to get her kids ready to leave the house when there is a knock on the door.  Clio is standing there and introduces herself to Leah.  She said she'd been to the house before on a holiday with her father and wondered if she could come in.

Eventually Leah and Clio become good friends despite their very different upbringing. While Leah is clipping coupons and living on a tight budget, Clio is rich. I mean  extremely rich living on an estate which could well be a National Trust home.  These women have more in common than they initially thought.

The author had inspiration from a true story. The setting is England near Newcastle.  I liked this book and read it in two days.  




6 comments:

  1. And now I want to read this to see what all they have in common. Went and got the audio before I even commented!

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    1. Vicki, I thought i knew about halfway through. I liked it!

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  2. I enjoy women's fiction as well as mysteries. This sounds like a good one.

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    1. Yvonne, I have read several of her books and they never disappoint. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I love a book that grabs me so much that I finish it in two days. I'm glad that you had that experience with this book.

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    1. Joy, it helped that it was rainy too. But I have abandoned books that don't grab me. Love this author.

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