I am a HUGE Lucy Diamond fan. The first book of hers I read was many years ago called “Me and Mr Jones”. Since then I’ve enjoyed her books and the way they sweep you up in the story from the first chapter.
The house of new beginnings was no exception. I liked the characters from the start – Rosa, Georgie and Charlotte who all have a flat at St Duke’s Square in Brighton. Georgie is the newest tenant and has travelled to be with her boyfriend Simon while he oversees a big project for his work. She lands her a job working as a journalist where she is appointed as an agony aunt. Unfortunately she quickly runs into problems when she has a little rant about Simon and accidentally sends it to the editor (who invites readers to give their input). From there the trouble just builds!
Rosa has moved to get away from a romance that ended badly. The source of the hurt and betrayal she carries with her is not clear from the start – readers learn more with each chapter. She left her job in advertising for a new start as a sous chef as she has always loved cooking and throwing dinner parties. When she helps out a neighbour Jo who has to go to hospital, she gets to know her daughter Bea and ex-husband Gareth.
Charlotte has relocated to find a new start away from the pain of her failed marriage. We soon learn about the tragic loss she and her ex-husband have suffered. She is a fragile character and is befriended by her neighbour Margot – an elegant French lady who has a passion for life even though she is terminally ill. She takes Charlotte under her wing and readers watch as she slowly blossoms back into her old self.
Georgie, Rosa and Charlotte get to know each other their friendship grows and they realise that they all have the opportunity for new beginnings.
That even when life has dealt you a blow, good friends will always give a reason to get back up.
I finished the book in days and really enjoyed it. I did guess what would happen in certain parts but I recommend it to anyone looking for a light and easy read.