Sunday, 3 January 2016
The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells - Virginia Macgregor
The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells is another beautifully written novel from Virginia Macgregor and after having been so captivated by her debut book What Milo Saw, I was thrilled to receive an advanced copy.
Six years ago Norah left her life and family behind. She left her youngest daughter Willa with her best friend Fay, dropped her eldest daughter Ella off at the school gates, left a note for her husband Adam and then disappeared from their lives, but now she's back.
Life at Willoughby Road has changed now though. Fay has not only held her family together, she's taken her place with both her daughters and her husband. So why has Norah come back as if nothing has happened?
Everyone has questions. How is Norah's return going to affect them, why did she leave, where has she been and why has she come back now after six years of silence? Is she hoping to pick up her life where she left off?
This is an emotional novel that will tug at your heart strings the more you read. The characters are superbly written and Macgregor has deftly portrayed Ella, the turbulent teenager, who now resents her mum for coming back, Willa, who talks to her dog and sees the world as being full of hope, Fay, who has harboured her feelings for so long and finally Norah, who made the tough decision to leave the family she loved so dearly. It's a wonderful story about growing up, self-discovery and family relationships. I think this is a book that will become a favourite for many readers and Virginia Macgregor is definitely an author to watch out for.
The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells is published on 14th January and available for pre-order here.
With kind thanks to Netgalley and publisher Sphere for the review copy.