Wednesday, 8 June 2016

House of Dreams by Fanny Blake

Only a weekend in Spain - what could possibly go wrong?
At their family hilltop villa, Lucy awaits the arrival of her brother and sister for their mother's annual birthday party. Although this time, their mother won't be there.
Struggling at Malaga airport with her fractious four year old, Jo has already lost her case and is dreading arriving without its precious contents.
For Tom, returning to Casa de Sueños stirs up all sorts of memories - then a beautiful face from his past appears . . .
Over one long, hot weekend, past secrets will spill out as three siblings discover more about their family and each other in this gorgeous, warm and witty new novel from Fanny Blake.

 I'll start by saying I loved this story. It's full of secrets and discoveries. One last birthday party for a mother who passed away is a way of bringing her three grown up children together.
Their mother Hope lived in a villa in Spain until she died and this is where her three children have been summoned to give her one last birthday party and scatter her ashes. We can tell that Tom, Jo and Lucy are not the best of friends and are not in touch with each other very often.
Tom is married to Belle who has always felt a bit left out when his sisters are around. As the villa has to be sold the furniture and contents also have to be split between the siblings. Needless to say this causes tension as no one sees eye to eye.
Hope has been very secrective about her life even to her children and has died not divulging some important things to them. Will any of her friends be willing to give her secrets away to her children?
Over one long weekend we see family dynamics change. A marriage ends, a lost love is seeked out and skeletons fall from the closet.
I couldn't put this book down once I started to read it. The villa sounded like the idyllic place to live with the vine covered pergola and the table set for lunch, I just wanted to be there too with a large glass of wine.
I haven't read many books by Fanny Blake but this book makes me want to read some more.
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