All it takes is one life-changing decision …
Ayesha leaves behind a life of pain and heartache and boards a coach to London with her sights set on a new life for herself and her little girl, Sabina.
Hayden, a former pop star, has kept himself hidden away for years. In all that time, he’s opened up his home to just two people – Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered pensioner with a soft spot for waifs and strays. But he reluctantly agrees to take in Ayesha and Sabina.
As different as they may be, all these damaged people quickly form a loving bond. So when enemies from their past threaten their peaceful life, they will do whatever it takes to save their home and each other.
I’m a huge Carole Matthews fan and I had heard so many amazing things about this book from fellow book bloggers and as such I was dying to get myself a copy. It took me forever to get my hands on this book but once I did, I finished it one sitting. Carole Matthews does not disappoint with another incredible novel.
The story revolves around the lives of five main characters: Ayesha, Sabina, Hayden, Crystal and Joy. Fate works in mysterious ways and brings these polar opposite individuals together in extraordinary ways and takes them on a journey where they realise the true meaning of home. I particularly enjoyed this book because it was so different from the other books by Carole. It definitely had Carole’s trademark humour and wit but as well as that it dealt with sensitive subjects such as domestic violence.
Domestic violence is not uncommon in this day and age and Matthew’s portrayal of it is realistic. How a woman who has suffered abuse her whole life longs to be free and to live a safer life for that of her child and herself was depicted beautifully and definitely tugs at your emotions. Ayesha is an incredible character. Having suffered what she has, she still starts the day with a smile and never lets her daughter, Sabina feel what she has been through. She steps into Hayden’s household like a ray of sunshine, basking in all of the occupants into her warmth. Without a doubt she was my favourite after little Sabina, of course.
Ayesha’s not the only one who’s had to live a difficult life. Crystal and Joy have suffered problems of their own whilst Hayden has suffered following the death of his girlfriend. Their grief, in many ways, is what unites them but it’s their gradual love for one another that binds them together and makes each of them realise what it means to be a family. The novel shows how family isn’t just made of blood; it’s made of love, warmth and affection.
If you are a Carole Matthews fan and haven’t yet read this, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. This is by far Carole’s best book yet and I can guarantee you that it will leave you with a big smile on your face. An uplifting, emotional novel that will have you rooting for each and every character in this book and will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy for sure!
Overall Rating: 9/10