Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for My Mother’s Shadow!
‘Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets… 1958. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother’s illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous…
Now. Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie’s sister, she is stunned. Is everything she’s been told about her early life a lie?
How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of…and the one night that changed a young girl’s life for ever…’
This is such a beautifully written book matched by it’s equally beautiful cover.
We are introduced to Addie and her family who are mourning the death of her mother Elizabeth who passed away unexpectedly a year ago and they are all equally feeling the loss and trying to deal with it in different ways.
Out of the blue, a stranger turns up on the doorstep and introduces herself as Elizabeth’s daughter. Rightfully the family are stunned and in disbelief about this revelation. It makes you think how you would react in the same situation….how would you feel? Would it change the way you felt about someone knowing this?
I really liked how the story was told from the point of view of Addie and also diary entries from the then 17 year old Elizabeth. They showed a completely different side to Elizabeth that her children didn’t know about, a softer side that Addie never really saw having had a slightly estranged relationship with her mother. I enjoyed reading about Addie and her tentative relationship with her newly found sister, Phoebe and the feelings as she discovered more about her mother as a young girl during the summer of 1958.
There is slight mystery side to the story, which I always love and found it added more to the story being told. It certainly made me eager to read more.
I found this a beautiful, heartwarming and at times a gut wrenching story and would highly recommend.
Thank you to Becky Hunter for my copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review and for inviting me onto the blog tour!