Separated in every way but distance, Sebastian resides in an outhouse across the lawn from his ex-wife Ella's ramshackle farmhouse. With a home crowded by hostile teenaged children and gender-confused chickens, Ella finds comfort in the company of the very charming gardener, Ludo. Then Sebastian decides to move on, catching Ella horribly unawares.
How much longer can she hide from what really destroyed her marriage... and the secret she continues to keep?
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Maddening at times - but addictive
This is a strange book, but oddly compelling. Reviews were mixed, but I decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did.
The story is told by Ella, sometimes in action but the majority in her thoughts. The prologue was off-putting, and her introspective reflections on her 'will I, won't I?' affair with Ludo dragged so much I nearly gave up.
What kept me interested were the other people - her parents, separating after 40 odd years when her controlling mother leaves her easygoing father to shock him, only to have the tables turned by him apparently enjoying life far more without her. Her sister, who outwardly has life under control, with perfect teenagers who contrast horribly with Ella's own lazy son and daughter. But most of all, her relationship with Sebastian, her husband, still at the farm but no longer in the family home.
This book made me think and as it developed, to consider some of my own behaviours. If it had been shorter, concentrating more on the very well drawn family relationships and less on the boring Ella/Ludo aspect it could have been a total winner.
Still glad I stuck with it though.
easy listening & entertaining
Definitley. The narrator was very good & read the story really well. I laughed & cried at parts & didnt want the story to come to an end. After a while I got lost in the story while doing my housework. I wake up a lot in the night so my Kindle is under my pillow so I just plug in my earphones & listen to the story unfolding until I fall asleep.
It was easy to listen to and funny.
There were so many scenes that I enjoyed I cant pick 1.
When the children went to stay at their fathers in Oxford & when Sebastian went to see Ella after he read her letter.