A warm, enjoyable and tender look at learning to move on in life!
Thanks to Michael Joseph publishers for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and kindly gifting me a copy of the book.
Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliot
From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.
But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.
As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.
But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home. With her parents growing older disgracefully, she can hardly keep up with their social life – especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.
Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.
It really is true that you just don’t know what is going on ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and this book certainly explores this topic wonderfully well.
I wouldn’t say this is a fast paced read but it was definitely a pleasant read even despite some of the subjects such as domestic abuse. As we learn more about Lucy’s life and exactly what happened during her marriage to Michael it was heartbreaking to read yet I felt like the author handled it so well and really captured just what life was like for Lucy both during the marriage and afterwards with all the emotions and confusion she felt.
This story is about learning to move on with life after a very difficult situation and finding what makes you happy. We experience this all with Lucy as she questions what’s best for her when it comes to where she lives and who she wants to date.
With some heavy subjects addressed please do not think that it is all heartbreaking as what really made this book for me were Lucy’s parents. Lucy goes to live with her elderly parents to look after them and at times it was like she was living with teenagers…they were absolutely hilarious and I think the author did a wonderful job at bringing them to life and really conveying that feeling that many elderly people feel, refusing to give up and not asking for help. The scenes with them really made me chuckle!
Overall this was such a lovely read about how to find your way in life after hiding the real you for so long.