When Tess arranges a weekend love trip back to husband Steve’s hometown, her secret plan to make a baby is not the only trap that he is walking into…
Tess and Steve are a dysfunctional couple in a rocky marriage. Despite this Tess yearns for a baby more than a divorce and plans a secret conception during a trip to her husband’s hometown of Harlech. But when they get there Steve is anything but horny. Instead, he begins to remember his supposed halcyon days of childhood with horrible clarity. He wasn’t the popular sports hero he thought he was. Now it seems his friends don’t want to know and he has no memory of the enthusiastic locals who greet him.
A young girl comes to Tess in her dreams, is this her child trying to warn her? Or the child of the mysterious Anwen who has lent them the cottage? With her hopes for pregnancy fading, she longs for a different future without her domineering husband, but can she survive without him?
And can Steve survive his return to Harlech as the locals seek retribution for the crimes of his past.
Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer.
She is a passionate advocate of eating local food grown through regenerative farming as the answer to climate change.
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I enjoyed this book, although it is dark. I can’t say I liked either of the characters, but it’s a great exploration of people. The who they are, as opposed to who they think they are. Until they find out the truth.
The book is very descriptive and it does haul you in, so you want to know what happens and it’s a slow burn without being too slow.
Thanks to LoveBooksGroup, the Author and publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book.