When Wren Irving's numbers come up in the first ever national lottery draw, she doesn't tell her husband, Rob. Instead she quietly packs her bags, kisses her six-month-old daughter, Phoebe, good-bye, and leaves.
Two decades later Rob has moved on and found happiness with their oldest friend, Laura. Phoebe, now a young woman, has never known any other life. But when Rob receives a mysterious letter, the past comes back to haunt them all. With their cosy world thrown into turmoil, Laura sets out to track Wren down and discover the truth about why she left all those years ago.
Isabel Ashdown lives in West Sussex with her carpenter husband and two children. Her first novel, Glasshopper, (Observer 'Best Debuts of 2009', Evening Standard 'Best Books of the Year') won the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. Her second novel, Hurry Up and Wait, was listed as one of Amazon's Customer Favourites for Kindle in 2011. Summer of '76, her third novel, was published to critical acclaim in 2013. Isabel was 2013-14 writer in residence at the University of Brighton.
"Isabel Ashdown writes with clarity and grace, using spare, deceptively straightforward prose to tackle complex, sometimes taboo issues." (Jane Rusbridge)
"Isabel Ashdown's storytelling skills are formidable; her human insights highly perceptive." (Mail on Sunday)
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Good, but not very good. Needed something more!
This was well written with nicely drawn characters, but it didn't quite have enough substance for me. Everything about it seemed as if it should just have a little more depth. Two thirds in, and I found myself feeling a little bored with it. I was interested enough to want to know what happened to the characters and I wondered if there would be a twist that turned it around. In the event, there was a piece of new information, but it would be a stretch to call it a twist. When it ended, I felt it had been a disappointing listen.
- Ann D
An amazing story