Flora has always adored her brother Billy. Born just eighteen months apart, their childhood was spent like two peas in a pod – no one could separate them. Now, as adults, they remain the best of friends. And as Flora is immersed in family life, Billy is always there to lend a hand.
But, in just one day, everything changes.
In just one day, Flora’s life falls apart.
In just one day, Flora has to learn how to live again.
From the nostalgia of seaside Britain to the breath-taking beauty of Venice, in tears and laughter, join Helen McGinn for this emotional, uplifting and joyful story about love in all its guises. But above all, this is an unforgettable story of one little girl and the brother she adores.
The story follows the life of Flora and the relationships she has with her family, especially the close bond she shares with her brother Billy. They have always had such a strong bond with one another, and this is something that has carried over into their adult lives too, despite them both having their own individual lives to lead.
But one fateful day changes Flora’s life in ways she never thought possible, and she finds herself having to face the reality of living her life without her best friend and closest confident beside her. The loss has an effect on every member of the family, and each of them deals with their grief in their own way, and we get to experience the ways in which they began to knit their lives back together piece by piece.
This is such a beautifully moving story that shows love in its many forms and the overwhelming impact that just one person can have on so many peoples lives. The storyline explores the stages of grief and heartbreak sensitively and with a great deal of understanding. Each of the characters are relatable and realistic, with them all having well fleshed out personalities and flaws that allow you to connect with them as individuals too.
The story is brought to life beautifully and had me engrossed to the very end. A heartbreaking story that will stay with me for a very long time.
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About the Author
Helen McGinn is a much-loved wine expert on TV and in print and an international wine judge. She spent ten years as a supermarket buyer sourcing wines around the world before setting up her award-winning blog (and now best-selling wine book) The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club. She is the drinks writer for the Daily Mail and regularly appears on TV’s Saturday Kitchen and This Morning. Helen lives in the New Forest and Boldwood are publishing her debut women’s fiction title in Spring 2021
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Helen McGinn for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*