‘Fresh, poignant and unlike anything else’ — Jill Dawson, Whitbread and Orange Prize-shortlisted author ‘Tender and unflinching, a beautifully observed novel.’ — Carys Bray, Costa Prize-shortlisted author ‘It crept under my skin and will stay there for a long time’ — Emma Henderson, Orange Prize-shortlisted author ‘Amazing: fierce, intelligent, compassionate and deeply moving’ — Edward Hogan, Desmond Elliot Prize-winning author ‘Funny, heartbreaking and truly remarkable’ — Susan Barker, New York Times bestselling author Maeve Maloney is a force to be reckoned with. Despite nearing eighty, she keeps Sea View Lodge just as her parents did during Morecambe’s 1950s heyday. But now only her employees and regular guests recognise the tenderness and heartbreak hidden beneath her spikiness. Until, that is, Vincent shows up. Vincent is the last person Maeve wants to see. He is the only man alive to have known her twin sister, Edie. The nightingale to Maeve’s crow, the dawn to Maeve’s dusk, Edie would have set her sights on the stage all things being equal. But, from birth, things never were. If only Maeve could confront the secret past she shares with Vincent, she might finally see what it means to love and be loved a lesson that her exuberant yet inexplicable twin may have been trying to teach her all along.
Owl Song At Dawn is a beautiful and moving story.
Maeve runs Sea View Lodge which technically is a guest house. A few of the guests as well as some of the workers have medical issues which Maeve is used to dealing with as were her parents before her.
Maeve and her sister Edie are twins, unfortunately when Edie was born, it was soon realised that she wasn’t as ‘normal’ as Maeve. It broke my heart that doctors would advise the parents to put her into an institute where they could forget about her. I suppose in the days where Edie was born this was more common than we would care to admit. Obviously now a days there is a lot more help for families who have children with disabilities where in those days families were very much left to it themselves getting no help at all.
In a way this story shows of the prejudices that are out there and how people wanted to take a lot of the rights away from these people. I mean to not allow these human beings a chance of love, a chance of having children of their own as well as being able to try and lead as normal a way of life as possible? It makes me shudder that people can try and dictate how people lead their lives.
Maeve is a lovely character, she has made it her mission to run the guest house and look after the people within it as best as she can. She can come across as being a bit stand offish I think but underneath that stern exterior is a wonderful woman with a heart of gold.
Owl Song At Dawn is a wonderfully written story that is thought provoking as well as heart felt. Highly recommended.
My thanks to Lucy at Legend Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Owl Song At Dawn is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.