Aug 1, 2017

The Lavender House Hilary Boyd

Nancy de Freitas is the glue that holds her family together. Caught between her ageing, ailing mother Frances, and her struggling daughter Louise, frequent user of Nancy's babysitting services, it seems Nancy's fate is to quietly go on shouldering the burden of responsibility for all four generations. Her divorce four years ago put paid to any thoughts of a partner to share her later years with. Now it looks like her family is all she has.

Then she meets Jim. Smoker, drinker, unsuccessful country singer and wearer of cowboy boots, he should be completely unsuited to the very together Nancy. And yet, there is a real spark.
But Nancy's family don't trust Jim one bit. They're convinced he'll break her heart, maybe run off with her money - he certainly distracts her from her family responsibilities.

Can she be brave enough to follow her heart? Or will she remain glued to her family's side and walk away from one last chance for love?

My thoughts on the book:
Nancy is finally divorced and it seems that a second chance at love might be around the corner. However it seems her family may not like that idea and has other plans for it. When she is pulled every which way she knows something has to give but she doesn't want to be forced to choose. Will she have to give it all up before it's to late or risk loosing someone close to her? Jim has been putting off his divorce long enough but being content with the way things are he doesn't seem to be in a hurry to change that. But when faced with keeping a secret from someone he loves he knows now may be the time to change his life or risk loosing it all. 

I was not a fan of this book. This book was about romance of all ages, the characters seemed to be geared more to ages 60-70s and now after some unforeseen circumstances they were looking for love again while juggling everyday life. I felt like this story was intense and lack humor and some lighthearted moments, even from the kids in the book. I felt like the author portrayed Nancy as someone who was weak, instead of someone who was independent and strong. I wish the book would have been more about Nancy's Daughter and her husband I enjoyed them in the book. I just felt like this book was lacking for me. This book does contain strong language and adult scenes through out. This book may be right for the right person it just wasn't for me. 

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