A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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Growing up in a small town and without a father, Elizabeth longed to get away and now as a single mother herself to a teenage son she is none too pleased to be reunited with her judgmental extended family as she plans to clear the house for sale. While I certainly understood Elizabeth's quest for information, I felt she was a fairly impulsive character. Known for his quick wit Graham began hosting a variety of talent shows on BBC One from Strictly Dance Fever and Andrew Lloyd Webber's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? I maybe at one point while reading this ARC said are you serious and then started muttering to myself about just DNFing it. That things take a far darker turn is obvious but just how far-fetched they become was a disappointment.

I did feel hatred for Edwards mother, yes he was a mummy's boy but why did she have a hold over him?Most of the book is Elizabeth remembering how her mother raised her and either finding fault with it and or missing her at the same time. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. We certainly didn't see it coming and when it arrives it will knock the chair right out from under you.

We then begin to discover something of the life of Patricia, Elizabeth’s mother, partly through a bunch of letters but also as a witness to incidents in Patricia’s life. The snarky ex-husband didn't go over well either and actually just disappeared out of the end of the story, never to be heard from again. His first novel I loved so when I seen he had this new novel coming out, I just had to get myself a copy.

The attitudes and interactions are steeped in the predjucises of the culture and yet it is such a human tale that it could be set anywhere.

She comes across some handwritten letters to her mother from a man by the name of Edward Foley in Cork. She is a university lecturer, separated from her husband, and living in New York with her 17-year-old son. My only complaint is that Graham Norton's diction is not always perfect, and at times he reads too fast. Urged on by a friend she answers a lonely hearts ad in the Farmers’ Journal and meets Edward Foley, a taciturn farmer who lives in an isolated cottage with his domineering mother.A few of the characters Elizabeth talks to regarding her mother and family history are really kind of jerks. The sense of Patricia’s isolation as a single parent in 1970s rural Ireland is sensitively handled, while in both the present and past sections, the politics of small-town communities are captured with insight and precision. She meets with her mother's best friend, Rosemary O'Shea, and those who knew her father and her griefstricken and disturbed grandmother. This is the 2nd novel I have read by Graham Norton and once again I am so impressed with his writing. 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!

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