Love Untold: The joyful Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick 2023

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Love Untold: The joyful Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick 2023

Love Untold: The joyful Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick 2023

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Meanwhile Grace’s great-grand-daughter Beca is oblivious to all these worries, too busy navigating the highs and lows of teenage life and keeping secrets of her own.

I particularly liked the dynamic Soozi, Beca’s friend, a talented singer who says what she thinks, usually accompanied by swearing.I must be very careful about spoilers in this delicious novel revolving around this family so full of resentment, long-held anger, prodigal daughters, and cold-water swimming. Love Untold is the first book I’ve read by Ruth Jones, but after loving it I’ve added her others to my (ever-growing) list.

I was completely captivated by this character-driven story of mother/daughter relationships and really cared about the characters; I was genuinely sad to finish it and leave them all behind.Ruth’s second novel, Us Three, was an instant Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and paperback and has sold almost a quarter of a million copies. WENDY, their eldest, a cause for concern, soothes herself with drink after being widowed young, while VIOLET, lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mother, is disturbed by the reappearance of a son placed for adoption fifteen years earlier. Despite her age Grace swims daily, either in the hideous swimming pool in her garden or wild swimming in the sea, and does yoga several times a week.

The 2019 Christmas Day special of Gavin and Stacey gained national critical acclaim, drawing an audience of over 18 million, winning a BAFTA for TV moment of the year and a National Television Award for Impact. Grace had moved in with John and Cissie Edwards to turn their beautiful home, Syn-yMor, into a guest house. Harking back to a simpler time, This Is Happiness is a tender portrait of a community - its idiosyncrasies and traditions, its paradoxes and kindnesses, its failures and triumphs - and a coming-of-age tale like no other. But now - just as Father Coffey proclaims the coming of the electricity - the rain clouds are lifting. THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***'Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is filled with Ruth Jones's warmth and wisdom.I fell in love with Grace, Elin, Beca (and Soozi) straight away, but it did take me a long time to warm to Alys. She’s determined that Grace’s big day will be celebrated, her own daughter, Becca is slightly mortified by her mother’s quest to party, much preferring to spend quality time with her great grandmother. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but I didn't find myself gripped like I did with her others. PRAISE FOR RUTH JONES'Heartfelt, joyful, brave, utterly compelling' RACHEL JOYCE'I adored it' JOANNA CANNON'Joyful, life-affirming' ADELE PARKS'Beautifully warm and totally absorbing.

P'haps because I'm Welsh myself I can identify with her characters and the use of certain colloquialisms. Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones’s warmth and wisdom. But Grace’s granddaughter, Elin, is also estranged from Alys and any reconciliation will cause huge problems in the family. It's a great read, refreshingly free of stereotypes, as we follow events in the lives of the four women in the run-up to Grace's ninetieth birthday. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher / author for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review.But Grace is close to the end of her life, and she knows she has no choice but to try to heal her family. It is possible to empathise with each of them in some way but also to despair of any forgiveness for the irresponsible Alys. A story of three generations, misunderstandings, heart break, rescue, love and ultimately coming together. Each character was realistic and I have fallen in love with Grace , she is such a strong woman and as a Welsh woman myself , I see a lot of my own grandmothers in her.



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