Love Untold: The joyful Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick 2023

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Love Untold: The joyful Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick 2023

Love Untold: The joyful Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick 2023

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Ruth Jones is, of course, a great storyteller, and she has pulled it off again with this tale of four generations of Welsh women. Meanwhile Grace's great-grand-daughter Beca is oblivious to all these worries, too busy navigating the highs and lows of teenage life and keeping secrets of her own. A genuine young woman who warms to the whole of Beca’s family, she has a positive affect on all of them. It is a joy-filled, life-affirming, sob-inducing novel – with characters you’ll come to know and love – from no.

What Grace really wants is to find her daughter Alys; mother of Elin and absent from the family for thirty years. Ruth Jones’ third novel is another warm, heartfelt story, filled with strong and joyful female characters that captures the challenges and joys of relationships and family. Female characters that cross over many generations always makes for a great read, and in this novel from Ruth Jones, her latest that is no exception. Ruth Jones, you smashed this book, this was my first book I’ve read by Ruth, I’ll be going back to read the rest.Grace had moved in with John and Cissie Edwards to turn their beautiful home, Syn-yMor, into a guest house. She exudes warmth and wisdom, and reading this book makes you feel someone’s draped a warm overcoat across your shoulders.

PRAISE FOR RUTH JONES'Heartfelt, joyful, brave, utterly compelling' RACHEL JOYCE'I adored it' JOANNA CANNON'Joyful, life-affirming' ADELE PARKS'Beautifully warm and totally absorbing. Told by a series of flashbacks the stories of Grace, Alys, Elin and Beca are revealed, together with a surprise twist at the end. The thread which binds together mothers and daughters throughout their lives is awesomely strong; motherhood forges links of steel across generations, as I’ve seen myself since our own daughter gave birth to her first child - a girl.

I fell in love with Grace, Elin, Beca (and Soozi) straight away, but it did take me a long time to warm to Alys. I was completely captivated by this character-driven story of mother/daughter relationships and really cared about the characters; I was genuinely sad to finish it and leave them all behind. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher / author for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review. The ending took me totally by surprise and I had to read the last couple of chapters twice because my eyes leaked (I sobbed) and the print blurred.

The novel is set in Jones’s beloved Wales, and scattered with Welsh terms of endearment, which adds to the sensation of reading it wrapped in a comfort blanket. The reader is given windows into the thoughts and experience of each woman, but some of their secrets are only revealed later in the plot. Widowed in her thirties, left to bring up a teenage daughter, Alys, she ran a boarding house with her friends John, and his sister Cassie for years until Cassie and John's ill-health forced them to move to a home where she visits them every day. Also I loved that it is set in Wales, with such familiar and comforting use of the Welsh language and idioms, so reminiscent of my own upbringing.When I started the book, I wasn’t that sure about the characters as Grace is easy to understand and love, however, the same can’t be said for her granddaughter, beautifully portrayed as a Head Teacher, following in her grandfather’s footsteps, whereas her daughter hates school and the tension between the two is palpable.



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