This is a haunting read following Maeve who runs a boarding house that caters for disabled guests and their carers- even though she is now in her 80’sThis is a haunting read following Maeve who runs a boarding house that caters for disabled guests and their carers- even though she is now in her 80’s. Her parents ran Sea View Lodge in Morecambe and she grew up there with her disabled twin- Edie.
I have twins, one of whom has autism- so the premise of the book really called out to me and themes throughout the book really spoke volumes. The twins in the book were born at 35 weeks like mine and one had the delayed development- so this brought back many memories, some quite painful.
It dealt with how disabilities were treated in the 50’s and earlier- when disabled children could normally expect a life in care- but just what can be achieved to make their life happy and that they feel the centre of a loving family. But also how those same disabilities have a far reaching effect on all those round them. Although you love them unconditionally- the course of your life is changed forever alongside theirs. You have other worries to consider, maybe other people’s prejudices to overcome. But the rewards that come from loving someone with a disability can outweigh all the downsides- you get to see life differently and also celebrate the tiny things others can overlook.
I found the book mesmerising and the characters really well drawn. I got the sense of loss despite the overwhelming love, how tragedies were overcome and how Seaview provided a lovely safe haven for a wonderful group of people. How ordinary lives can be changed forever- but you can find a new path through.
I was really drawn in and the writing just wrapped itself around me. I really want to visit Morecambe now- to see the places described.
With many thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book- I will definitely look out for her next book.
I have loved following the Puffin Island series and getting to know the characters better with each book. Each book in the series has followed a diffeI have loved following the Puffin Island series and getting to know the characters better with each book. Each book in the series has followed a different romance. Skylar and Alec had a strained relationship in their group of friends. After Alec takes over after an incident at her show – things start to thaw a little between them I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop and seeing their feelings emerge and thaw the barriers they both had. Alec’s family sounded wonderful and would be lovely to spend a snowbound Christmas with. There would be space for everyone and enough love and Christmas sparkle to share. This leaves you with such a warm, festive feel- you can just imagine the mulled wine and presents waiting in the corner. Sarah Morgan always gives you a wonderful read and her Christmassy books have just the right mix of magic and romance. I received the book in exchange for an honest review. ...more