What’s it all about . . .
I’ll tell you something, something important. Love is a decision. Not a feeling. That’s what you young people don’t realise. That’s why you’re always off divorcing each other. No offence, dear.
So decrees the formidable Connie Thrum of Scribbly Gum Island. She is the chief decision-maker of a rather unconventional family and her word is law. It’s been over 70 years since Connie and her sister Rose visited their neighbours and found the kettle boiling and a baby waking for her feed, but no sign of her parents. The ‘Munro Baby Mystery’ still hasn’t been solved and tourists can visit the abandoned home, exactly as it was found in 1932.
But now Connie has passed away and the island residents ponder her legacy. Sophie Honeywell is looking down the barrel of her 40th birthday and still hoping for that fairytale ending. Her beautiful new friend Grace, the Munro Baby’s grand daughter, can’t tell anyone what she hopes for. It would be too shocking.
Meanwhile, a frumpy housewife makes a pact with a stranger, an old lady starts making her own decisions and a family secret finally explodes on an extraordinary night of mulled wine, fire-eating, and face-painting
My Thoughts . . .
Once again Moriarty’s style of writing has excelled and made me want more but still feel satisfied at the end of the story. The one thing that this book has in common with her other reads is that it took some time to get into the story before it became gripping and had a very short climax.
Scribbly Gum, a place with many secrets that those who hold them close are not yet willing to tell. Between family dilemmas, lies, deceit and a pretty serious bout of post natal depression this story by Liane Moriarty was incredibly gripping. After reading previous books by this author I was on a roll by the time I got to this one and am very happy that I powered through.
Liane Moriarty touches on subjects that are still quite taboo to the naked eye and flaunts them for us to read and educate ourselves if we so wish. All families have issues but the Munroe baby mystery that we are concentrating on is one that could potentially rip a family to shreds and cause all kinds of hoo ha to be casual about it.
Alongside some difficult subjects there is an underlying story about a woman’s search for ‘the one’ in an effect to quell the loud tick of her biological clock. Surrounded by past memories from previous relationships Sophie (our main character) is essentially adopted into the family fold against the wishes of some family members. The reasons behind the detestable feelings towards Sophie are unveiled later in the story but hilarious when you do eventually find out.
Dealing with a family unit that dislike you because of a bad break up is one thing, having to live with them day in day out is an entirely different story. To see how Sophie gets on and to delve into the story of Connie and the Munroe baby mystery you will just have to give this book a read yourself. Despite the slow start it is worth it in the end and if you are already a fan of Moriarty’s gripping writing style you will not be disappointed.
Thanks to Audible for enabling me to read and review this title.