Claudia Carroll’s latest novel, The Secrets of Primrose Square, doesn’t really fit in the romance genre (well, according to how I think!) although at its heart is love – a love of a family for each other, a love for the community lived in and of course the flip side of love. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I’m sharing my thoughts with you today.
- 416 pages
- Publisher: Zaffre (26 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785765256
- ISBN-13: 978-1785765254
So many stories hidden behind closed doors . . .
It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . .
In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her.
A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever.
And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don’t quite add up . . .
Welcome to Primrose Square.
Available to purchase in digital, paperback, hardcover and audioformats.
I found it so easy to identify with our four main female characters, despite their different stages in life and different circumstances. Susan with her grief and the healing journey she takes; Nancy and her money grabbing family; Jayne who’s on the run from something she doesn’t want to deal with and my favourite character, Melissa (Susan’s daughter). Not only identify but that all important emotional connection I need to feel was there from the beginning.
There’s plenty of intrigue that kept me curious and wanting to know more. I do enjoy a story that shares a little information and gets you thinking about possibilities. A couple of things I was sure about in fact I was wrong about! A reminder that things are not always as they seem on the surface …
The story isn’t only set in Primrose Square. I loved everything about the theatre scenes, quite a juxtaposition to the poignancy at the Wellness Centre. The secondary characters in both these settings are fabulous and give solace and companionship as well as light-hearted moments.
Tackling sensitive issues that are associated with a loss of power, Claudia Carroll shows she has a deep understanding of motives and human nature. She has written about these issues so very well, exploring the darker side of emotions and opening the cracks that never lay buried for ever because they need to be talked about and healed. So poignant and heartbreaking but also a glimmer of light even though life has changed.
One not to miss!
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