There is always more than 1 side of a story…
‘No one gets to the heart of human relationships quite so perceptively as Brookfield.’ The Mirror
On a normal day, in a normal house, on a normal street, wife and mother Fran has had enough. She packs a case, leaves a note for her bullying husband Pete, and one for her beloved twenty-year-old son Harry, and heads to the airport – and freedom.
In another house, on another street, Helena is desperately baiting her husband Jack into a fight. These days it feels like the only way to get Jack to take notice of her. Passionate, volatile, increasingly fragile, Helena is fast running out of hope.
What Helena and Fran don’t know, is that soon their lives are going to come crashing together in ways neither expect nor understand. And if Fran and Helena are going to change their own futures, then first they will have to change each other’s.
Amanda Brookfield is back with a triumphant, crackling story about love, marriage, lies and fate, and how our destinies can be changed by the smallest decisions. Perfect for fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Jane Fallon and Jane Green.
Fran is bullied by her husband Peter. Despite her love for their son Harry, Fran has had enough. She pack her case, left notes and is ready to start all over again with her lover Jack. Yet at the airport, Jack does not appear…
Meanwhile is Helena feeling that she is losing her husband… her only resources are the bottle and picking fights with Jack, hoping to salvage their marriage.
This is the story of two total different women, with only one thing in common… the man they love. But who will get their happily ever after? And does such thing really exist?
When I started reading this story, I was having a bit of a hard time to understand Fran’s motives. I don’t like stories about people cheating on their partners, because there are always people getting hurt somehow. Yet slowly when the true nature of Fran her marriage come at light, I felt sorry for her and I was hoping that she somehow could find her happiness even if it was not the solution I liked.
I have to admit, when Jack does not appear at the airport like agreed, I was afraid of the consequences for Fran.
This story exists of 3 parts. And obviously the first part is about Fran. And in the second part there is Helena. She is married to Jack. And even if they seem to have a happy marriage, Helena senses that there is something wrong.
Yet I couldn’t shake the feeling that Helena was selfish… she wants to “own” Jack at any cost. Even if that means being in an unhappy marriage.
In this story I got disappointed in many people… Fran for having an affair (but being forgiving towards her after knowing her life), Helena for being a spoiled, selfish woman, Jack for not showing up and whatever happens next. Oh and obviously despise for Peter…
But I’m not dismissing this book as a bad one, because it isn’t a bad book, on the contrary. Because in the third part of it, it all comes together. And so many things are clearer. It shows that to a story there are more than just one side. This was not only about Fran, but also about Helena, and about Jack. Every decision has a reaction, and not always we get the result that we want.
Fran did not get to escape to a new life with Jack. But because of it not happening, she starts making other decisions, also changing her future.
Helena and Jack seem to be a happy couple initially, but are they the real winners of this story?
This story is not one you can put easily away. There are lies, betrayal, but also many signs of love, the courage of wanting to start over. And that even if a plan doesn’t come together as imagined, when one door closes, another one opens.