Publication Date: June 7th From Corvus
Source: Review Copy
Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don’t find love by thirty, they will marry each other.
Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that’s enough to make a marriage?
Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple’s vow become the very thing that threatens their future?
This beautiful story about childhood friends who grow up, marry and have a family, whilst keeping emotionally resonant secrets from each other was a wonderful wonderful read. It made me teary at the end and their lives panning out in present time and flashback was pitch perfectly plotted to maximum effect.
Holly Seddon is proving more talented and, for me importantly, more diverse in her storytelling, with each passing novel. I’m a huge huge fan. This is a very different kettle of fish from her last book but just as full of excellence. Loved it.
The feeling she gets into the characters and their feelings, their influences and the reasons they don’t tell each other everything, is cleverly insightful and keeps you turning the pages. You will root for this rather odd couple right from the start, even when they are behaving strangely. This is a story of both friendship and love and how those two things tie together when building a life, it is utterly compelling and thought provokingly wonderful.
I loved it. I can’t wait to see what she brings us next.
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