As one millennium ends, can they look forward to a new and better world?
Somerset, Christmas 1999. Holly and Mark Jepson find themselves again looking after an assortment of guests at Mark’s uncle’s holiday chalets.
Each guest is fascinating in their own way – from the eccentric artist and his young daughter to the young married couple expecting their first baby and the wife escaping from a violent past.
Each will have a part to play in the events – unexpected and shattering – which take place before the new millennium dawns…
I received a copy of this book from Random House UK – Transworld Publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Set at the end of the twentieth century at a holiday village in Somerset it has lots of characters all facing life issues. The characterisation is good, the characters are diverse and relatable, but not everything is as it first appears.
The characters are believably flawed, and some unlikeable, but this adds to the story’s realism. The setting is quintessential British seaside out of season and has a retro quality which many will recognise.
The timing at the end of the twentieth century adds depth to the story.
This is an easy book to read character-driven and gently paced.