Life Begins tells the story of 39-year-old Charlotte Turner, trying to get her life back on track after a miserable marriage. She discovers in the process that readiness to embrace a better future is not in itself a reliable route to happiness. Her forlorn twelve year old son is a constant source of anxiety, while her once close still-married girlfriends seem to treat her differently now that she is single, as do their husbands... Yet the biggest hurdle Charlotte faces is her own past, boomeranging back at every turn, flinging out answers to questions she has spent thirty years trying to leave behind.
An absorbing look at one woman's midlife crisis.
A warm-hearted, perceptive tale of hope and renewal that shows it is possible to start life again.
It makes you realise how sometimes even when you think your life is routine and mundane, that much can happen with just one small change...some of it was heartbreaking, much of it was satisfying. It left me with a feel good factor, something that is my mark of a good book.
It was a great read and, just like the holiday, I didn’t want it to end.
I thought it was a beautifully crafted piece of storytelling. I loved the way you kept changing the perspective of the story by using different characters to move the narrative along. The theme of trust shaken in childhood and impacting on adult relationships was an interesting one and I loved the fact that while you handled it earnestly there was always a positive, feel good quality to the story.