Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?
The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.
Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart.
How far would you go to protect the people you love?
Having read and totally loved the authors debut novel, I was very excited to see that she had a new book coming out. Delighted to say that this one is every bit as good if not better.
The story alternates between Gertie, her daughter Rose and her grand daughter, Abi. Each characters chapters are also set at different time scales. It was great to see different periods in time, from the world war to the swinging sixties and to the modern days of the eighties. It felt a bit like a time machine where the author kept transporting me back and forth and I loved every minute of it.
Abi’s character is the one that stood out the most to me. I think I could empathise with her more, having to move house and schools and re adjust to a new life away from all her friends. I also loved the bond she has with her grand mother. You just know that from picking this book up that you will totally be captivated by these three women’s stories.
Keep You By My Side is a wonderful story where you very much get wrapped up in the characters lives. It’s about family and the bonds that tie. I loved everything about this book and I could feel my emotions mounting throughout. The author has a knack of writing characters that really get under the readers skin and stick with you. Another beautifully written novel by the author. Loved it.
Keep You By My Side is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).