|All I Ever Wanted : Lucy Dillon|
Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. Nancy's mum and dad split up. Her father Patrick moves away from their Bristol home to Newcastle. And Nancy stops talking.
Eva is forty-four, nearly forty-five. She didn't expect to be the third wife of a much-loved household name, but eight years ago, she and semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. Eva knew marrying a much older man meant compromises, but it was the love of a lifetime for them both - until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone with his gossipy diaries, their two pugs, and a distressing voice in the back of her mind, wondering if perhaps she's sacrificed more than she meant to.
While Nancy's parents negotiate their separation, the question of weekend contact is solved when Patrick volunteers his sister Eva's house. It's in Longhampton, an hour out of Bristol, with plenty of room for her to get to know a niece and nephew she's barely met - even if Nancy continues to refuse to speak. Patrick is sure it's just a phase but his soon-to-be-ex-wife is worried that something more traumatic lies at the heart of their daughter's selective mutism.
I was thrilled to be asked to host a stop in the blog tour for Lucy Dillon's new book, All I Ever Wanted. I've heard great things about her writing, although this was my first of her books and I couldn't wait to take it away with me for the weekend. Reading it in front of the log burner, I was transported from my cosy armchair to Caitlin's Bristol home as her world begins to fall apart.
Eva, Caitlin's sister-in-law is finally finding her feet again after being widowed two years previously. Suddenly, her brother Patrick makes a suggestion that she could host his contact weekends with the children and she worries about the chaos which will no doubt ensue. How will she cope with the chaos?
I found all of the characters in this book totally endearing, with the exception of Caitlin at certain points where she seemed a little irresponsible for a mother of two. Most of the time she seemed to be quite a normal person, sometimes overwhelmed at life and I guess I found that quite endearing.
The children were written in a lovely way, as was the way in which Nancy's issues were resolved. All in all, I found this a rather lovely read, despite dealing with a few things you might not expect from a regular chick-lit novel. Definitely give it a read! All I Ever Wanted will be released on 1st December 2016.