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In clearing out her mother's wardrobe Elizabeth comes across a wooden box containing letters from her father whom she knows very little about. I enjoyed both eras of this story, journeying along with Elizabeth while she balanced uncovering her family history with a family drama in the present. It's a bit of a roller coaster of discoveries and reveals, balancing between darkness and kindness all the way. There was a creepy ‘Rebecca’ feel to Patricia’s sections, the isolated house perched alongside a ruined castle on the wild coast – Ireland, not Cornwall, but still – a strange man, a crazed old woman, and secrets galore! It is here that the story gets a firmer foothole and we, as readers, will come to see what Graham Norton has in mind for us.

Maybe I have been reading too much Tana French and Maeve Binchy, but the book didn't feel "Irish" to me. He presents The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, a show on Virgin Radio every weekend, and is a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK. We know from the first page (the chapter known as "Before") that a POV character is in great distress after some type of turbulent event in which an official vehicle has arrived. While it took Margaret Mitchell 10 years to compose 'Gone With the Wind', and 12 years for Victor Hugo to finish 'Les Miserables', Graham Norton appears to have thrown this together over the course of a rainy Saturday afternoon and published it the following Monday without any further thought or attention. From there we have Elizabeth traveling back to where her father lived and finding out about what led her mother to him all of those years ago.I cannot say much here it would ruin the story ,very sad thread in it and a desperate act that tore lives apart. Graham Norton’s 2016 debut novel, Holding, surprised critics with its empathy, delicate characterisation and strong plotting. Maybe he needs a better editor as well, as there were so many points that could have used further explanation while working on the timeline. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

This is a hugely compelling family drama, of mothers whose children are everything, and of the darkness, heartbreak, intrigue, mental health issues and secrets that bubble within the facade of families, past and present. He then secured a prime time slot on Channel 4 with his chat shows So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton . the story of Elizabeth coming back to ireland and discovering truths about her own past and family gripped me tight. This is a fabulous little book and I read it from start to finish in one sitting wanting to know more.But nobody seems to know anything about Edward Foley, and the deeper she digs she discovers that she knows nothing about where she came from. The side characters - I could have done with more information on the family feud with Elizabeth, her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH).

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