When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…
When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.
But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?
Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break.
It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future?
This heart-wrenching and gripping family drama will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Thea and Drew live in London with their two girls. Desperate to leave the city and work from home Thea spots that her old childhood home Pevensey is for sale. Thea’s family left there when she was eleven and she has always missed it.
Once back in the small village again life turns out not to be as idyllic as Thea thought it would be when strangers shun her in the street and some are openly hostile to her.
She makes a friend in Anna the curate’s wife and Theo realises that Anna knows what is going on.
When she finds out that her husband Drew knows too she goes into a tailspin and wonders if life and her marriage can ever be the same again..
I really enjoyed this story as I never knew what was coming next. Secrets and lies are never good and sometimes it’s better to tell the truth than to protect someone by lying.
Good characters in the story. Drew was lovely as were Theo and their children. Theo was a feisty woman and I love it when women stand up for themselves.
I don’t understand the book title as I think the blame lay somewhere else.. I can see this book being re titled at some point.