Due to just how many books I seem to be able to read it seemed more than prudent to start some sort of book exchange with my fellow readers at work, with this particular book being "lend" through that scheme.
The book is - "Wedding ring by Emilie Richards"
Tessa Macrae has reluctantly agreed to spend the summer holiday at her grandmothers house with her mother, they have just found out there her strong willed and matriarchal grandmother Helen has found herself in a bit of bother, with the full extent of her hoarding not becoming apparent until Tessa and her mother Nancy finally get inside the house.
This is not an overnight house clearance job, this will involve the three generations of women staying and bearing each others company whist in progress, this is the major bind for them all.
Tessa is a strong woman, though how she stays strong is soon apparent, disconnecting herself from her family and also her husband, this is due to their 5 year old daughter being killed in a hit and run by a drunk driver 2 years previously.
Nancy is Tessa's mother and has always been considered as the ditsy person of the family, being seen as the party animal of the three, with her being married into one of the most influential families in America, so feels she has to keep her hand in with the rest of the pack, though she holds a secret that will rock the foundations of Tessa's childhood memories.
Helen is the matriarch and has lived most of her adult life alone. She was married young and got pregnant on her wedding night, with her husband going off to war the day after and being killed not long after, she has had to learn to be self sufficient, managing (just) to run a farm and bringing up her daughter on a meagre income, selling home grown fruits and vegetables.
The summer is to be a journey of understanding and discovery of each other, mostly through Helen's quilting skills, with the addition of pregnant neighbour Cissy, bringing the three women even closer together.
My synopsis of the book I am ashamed to say does this book no justice at all, I can honestly say hand on heart this is one of the best books I have read in a long time, both being filled with emotion and courage, but drawing together not only the family in question but also the character of Cissy, who is only just out of school but already pregnant, she is a vulnerable character but has a way of bringing the best emotions out of the women.
The book is told from the third person perspective and starts with just the present day, and how the three women are no longer connecting, especially with the loss of Tessa's daughter thrown into the mix, but soon progresses on to chapters about each woman, and usually about some significant period in their lives, as the book progresses you get a real insight into these women and start to understand their behaviours now.
The book to read was at times hard going, though only due to the emotion of certain places, and incredibly detailed in places, this is not what I would deem "fluffy" in a chick lit kind of way, but not really the type of book I would expect a man to read and enjoy, being more a type of book that women would read and feel empowered by, there is nothing more moving than women who overcome their own problems to come out stronger at the end.
Price wise this is available on www.amazon.co.uk for around the £5.00 mark, and o me (if I had borrowed it anyway!) is worth every penny.
Thanks for reading x