I’ve read all of Imogen’s books and this (her third full-length novel) is my favourite thus far. Partly because the story is soo intriguing, partly because her characters are so full, vivid and believable, partly – in this case – because this particular story is set in my part of the world – but mostly because her words just fall off the page. I simply love her turn of phrase. It takes no effort at all to read what she’s written and for the story to emerge in my brain – AND THAT is a master skill.

I was given this book by my Mam who was raving about it, so I repurchased it on my Kindle.

It is the first Louise Bagshaw novel I’ve read and although very well written, my issue is with the storyline which just didn’t seem believable. So if that doesn’t worry you, then I have no issue recommending this book, but if you’re looking for something…

I’m an Only Child so can only imagine what it must be like to have brothers and sisters to love, fight, argue and reconcile with, but Imogen expertly conveys the complex and dynamic relationships between these three sisters and their baby brother in this charming and perfectly paced novel.

Miriam, the eldest, has to forfeit her dreams of attending Rada in order to help bring up her baby brother after his surprise…

As an author myself, I look for three things in a book in order to earn five stars. Well-written prose, great character arcs and a story that surprises me. I will still honour the author with a solid 3.5 or 4 stars if they’ve written their tale well even if the storyline or genre doesn’t appeal to me personally – but…