Published: 2nd July 2015
Publisher: Head Of Zeus
Once upon a time, Jacks Morgan had dreams. She was going to have a successful career and travel the world. She would own a house on the beach, and spend long nights with her boyfriend strolling under the stars. But life had other ideas. First Martha came along, then Jonty. Then Jacks’ elderly mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to move in. Now their little terrace in Weston-super-Mare is bursting at the seams. Jacks’ dreams were put on hold long ago. But if she can save up enough to give her teenage daughter a bright future, then all her sacrifice will be worth something… won’t it?
Thank you to Midas PR for kindly sending me a review copy.
The sweet sounding narrative opens with a prologue of the newlyweds; Jacks and Pete. They’re madly in love with one another and soon to be expecting their first bundle of joy. I thought it was a lovely and very welcoming opening to the plot readers are about to embark on. Jacks really does have her hands full from being a full time Mum to her two school children to being a wife and also looking after her rather sick Mum. I really sympathised with Jacks – she had the toughest of jobs and all she needed was a little breather to enjoy some alone time.
“Pete’s a plonker. Walks around like he’s Gary Lineker.”
I thought the aspect of going back in time quite frequently was a really lovely addition to the book. It gave the readers more content about Jacks life with her parents, especially her Mum. It was amusing to see how Jacks thought of her future husband when she was a teenage – oh how our opinions change over the years!
“Both women collapsed against each other in giggles, for the second time that day, drawing stares from those around them in the queue.”
Amanda has managed to perfectly captivate the attention of readers by putting a simple yet relatable narrative across on the page as many people quit their dream job in order to care for one of their loved ones. Her words were so powerfully wonderful and I just fell into Jacks very busy, non stop world – it was difficult not to admire her determination. It was very clever of Amanda to allow history to repeat itself with Jacks and her daughter to showcase how times really have changed. Does your Mum’s opinion still matter or does being 17 mean you know it all?
“He was there when I needed someone and he didn’t abandon me. He stuck by me, always has.”
Towards the ending, the plot thickened and a big secret was revealed without it necessarily being said out loud. I thought Amanda covered this aspect really well and she gave the reader the opportunity to figure it out for themselves with just a tiny clue. It was brilliantly done. The epilogue of the narrative was extremely touching and it was really nice to see Jacks in a positive light. Despite all the running up and down the stairs for her family, she was a reliable narrator who I truly enjoyed reading about. Amanda has once again produced a remarkable book which will leave you thinking about your own family and how you treat people.