29.6.10

Book Review: One Day in May by Catherine Alliott

Single mother Hattie has plenty of reasons to be happy. Her antiques business is flourishing, her teenage son is settled at boarding school and she's enjoying a fling with a younger, very sexy man. But when her job takes her back to the idyllic village of Little Crandon, painful memories of her first love- Dominic Forbes, the married politician she worked for years ago, the man who changed the course of her life- come flooding back.
Things come to a head when Hattie bumps into Dominic's widow and his gorgeous younger brother Hal, in the village and she finds her world turned upside-down. Will Hattie come clean about what really happened with Dominic all those years ago? And if she does, is she ready to face the consequences? Whatever happens, Hattie comes to realise that you can't keep running away from your mistakes. It's time to move on and maybe, just maybe, let herself fall in love again...
Catherine Alliott is a lovely writer and One Day in May did not disappoint. Hattie's character highlights how one event in life can change the whole course. She is a brilliant character, fall of flaws, making her very accessible.
One Day in May is 458 pages long, which seemed longer than Catherine Alliott's other books; I did find it harder to get into this one but once I was going along with the flow, I found it to be a really enjoyable read.
It's hard to review this book without giving too much away. Catherine Alliott springs several surprises on the reader, the final one of which I did not see coming at all.
This is a book that I would recommend; I find it so refreshing that Catherine Alliott is not afraid to show the darker sides of love and relationships. She does not present a picture-perfect ending in all of her books and this only serves to make them so much more believable.

8 comments:

verity said...

I did eventually like this one, but like you I found it took a while to get into - I also felt it was a bit long for a "light" read - bit heavy to read in bed!

Dot said...

Verity- It was longer than her others, it's strange as I usually get into her books so quickly, I was worried it was just me!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

This is a great review! It got me interested in the book. And, pretty cover.;)

Dot said...

Irena- Thank you, the cover is lovely isn't it!

Shan said...

I'm in queue for this one at the library. I've read one other book by her and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the review, now I know to give myself some time to read it and get into it!

Dot said...

Shan- Once I had got into the story I really enjoyed it! Hope that you like it!

Meg said...

Sounds like something I would really enjoy -- love the premise!

Dot said...

Meg- It is a lovely book, I really enjoy Catherine Alliott's writing!!

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