I started reading this book on the train to London on Monday and realised that I’d read the beginning before… I seem to remember starting it last year and just not connecting with the character so I gave up. This time I decided to persevere with it - and I’m glad I did as it was a very nice read.
The book is written from the point of view of the three main characters in the book at different stages of their lives. First is Pearl, a teenager looking for love who ends up as a young mother on the run with her son. She loves him fiercely and will do anything for him - but one day disappears from his life.
Then there’s Leonard, the little boy left behind who believes his mum is dead, but still with him in spirit for he is a believer in *forever love*.
Finally we have Mitch, the kindly neighbour with nothing much going for him other than a business and a snatched affair with a married woman, who takes in Leonard and learns to love him as his own son.
There’s not a lot to the story - no twists or turns - but the theme of love in its different forms is what carries you through the tale. Hyde does a good job of wrapping up all the loose ends too - not in a rushed epilogue fashion but as part of the novel - I know some people like to imagine what happens to the characters next - but I prefer the author to finish the job they started - otherwise I feel like there’s some pages missing *lol*
If you’re looking for a nice Sunday afternoon read then you can’t go wrong with this book.
3 stars - Enjoyable read - but slightly forgettable...Continua