One forgotten discovery will change three women’s lives forever…
Robin hasn’t been home for decades. After running away to London, she never expected to see her cantankerous mother, Faye, again. But when Faye has a fall, the two women are thrown together once more.
The years apart have not made their hearts grow fonder and the ground between them is unsteady. Then Robin finds an unopened scroll – the last of the treasure hunts her much-missed father used to take them on every Sunday. A hunt he believed might change everything.
Yet, not even this gift from her beloved father can smooth the way until Robin’s daughter, Amber, arrives to meet her grandmother for the first time. Amber is determined that the decades-old mystery be solved.
Can a 30-year-old treasure hunt really ‘change everything’?
I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This is an emotional and insightful multi-generational story. Robin returns to her family home, years after she left, to look after her mother after a fall. Their damaged relationships seem unlikely to repair until the appearance of Amber, Faye’s granddaughter, who she has never met. The characters are believably flawed and initially unwilling to seek anyone’s viewpoint but their own. A treasure hunt devised by Robin’s late father is the means to revisit the past and offer hope for reconciliation and understanding in the present. Engaging, this draws the reader into the women’s past and present lives.
Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris as part of the Opening Crew, and has travelled widely. She enjoys family time, baking and walking and always knew that one day she would write. Samantha finally took the plunge seriously in her late thirties and hasn’t stopped since. Under One Roof will be her sixteenth book and she has also sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
Samantha’s uplifting stories are about identity and self-discovery, about friendships and communities. She enjoys creating diverse characters and writing about relatable issues that make the reader feel it’s not just me. Her books have hit the Amazon UK overall chart Top Ten position twice and she has won two awards.