|The House of Memories by Monica McInerney|
By chance, I began The House of Memories and very soon found myself feeling like part of Ella's blended family. I must admit, that's a term I'd not come across before but I can see myself using in the future. The first few chapters take us through Ella's childhood, where she gets a step-brother and eventually a half-sister and receives plenty of advice from her Uncle Lucas in London, whenever she needs it, via fax to Australia.
The book is written from various family members' viewpoints, which I found helped me to feel even more like part of their family - receiving Charlie's weekly emails to find out what they had been up to and reading intimate entries into Jess' diary all helped me to get a better insight into what Ella might be feeling.
Naturally when Ella finds her life collapsing around her, she feels that the one place she can seek sanctuary is in London. Uncle Lucas will know what to do.
Frankly, I really loved Lucas. I think he was my favourite character and I find myself wishing I had a kind uncle who could help me through my trials and tribulations. I felt fiercely protective of him and hated Henrietta, his longstanding girlfriend. Lucas' house in London is home to several PHD students at a time, who also work as personal tutors to the children of the London rich and famous. This in itself brings issues which Ella is tasked with addressing, with the hope that it will take her mind off the reason for her visit.
Without wanting to say a lot more, for fear of spoiling the plot, I would urge you to read The House of Memories. McInerney is an author I will definitely search out again in the future and hopefully find that I can't put her other books down until I've finished them, like I found with this one.
Have you read anything you'd recommend lately?