The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
While I liked this book, it took a while to get rolling. This tale centers around London - in the 1950's to modern day. It leaps back and forth from past to present, which was a bit confusing at first.
Lexie Sinclair, bored with life in the country, moves to London in the 1950's after being encouraged to live there by Innes Kent. Innes, a magazine publisher, met Lexie after his car breaks down in the country. He was instantly enchanted with her. He is married, and while that brings complications to their relationship, it doesn't dampen how much they love each other.
Elina, a young painter in present day London, has recently given birth and is upset to discover she can't remember the event of the birth. She is also losing time during her day. While she adores her newborn son, she doesn't recognize the new person she has become since his arrival. Tom, her fiance, is struggling as well. He is starting to have memories that do not coincide with his upbringing, causing him to have panic attacks. He and Elina are both fighting suppressed memories that puts a strain on their relationship.
The present and past weave together to form a story of a family who has buried secrets that are coming to light.
Request it here. Read alike authors include Fannie Flagg and Alice Hoffman.
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