Thursday, 9 March 2017

Book Review - About Last Night by Catherine Alliott...- #AroundTheUKIn144Books #Herefordshire

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Title:  About Last Night
Author: Catherine Alliott
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 9th March 2017
Rating: 4 Stars


The funny, enthralling and heartwarming story of a woman who gets a second chance in life - but will she have the courage to take it?

Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for the saddle, she is living the country dream.

Apart from it isn't really her dream. It's her husband David's. And David is, well, rather dead now.

Then a distant relative of her late husband kicks the bucket, leaving a London townhouse in her possession, and Molly dares to consider chucking it all in. Quitting the Good Life and going back to her good life.

But there's a problem. A rather tall, handsome problem. In the shape of a man already living in Molly's new house. And when a face appears from her past, Molly is more confused than ever.

Will Molly's London dream replace her muddy reality? Do any of the men in her life really have honourable intentions? And has she said goodbye to country life too soon?

It has been a while since I last read a Catherine Alliott, which is something I do need to rectify, as I do tend to enjoy her books. This latest release About Last Night was no exception. 

There really are a lot of contrasts in this story, with it predominately being set in very rural Herefordshire, and the rest in London. Molly is unsure if she wants her life in Herefordshire anymore, she is sick of never having any money, being so remote, but she feels it was her fault that her husband died 5 years ago, and this was his rural dream. 

Molly has three grown up children, Lucy, Minna and Nico, all of which have various thoughts on Molly's life and what she should do, especially when she happens into a very surprise inheritance. 

It was the whole story around the inheritance that is what interested me most about this book. It is not straightforward, its a distant relative that Molly wasn't aware of, and there are people living in the house already. She wants to do the right thing but even that isn't as simple as it seems, any everyone and their dog appears to have an opinion on it. 

There are many things to like about this book, its rural setting and some of the mentions of the animals were amusing. Some of what the children came out with was outright rude towards their mother, but funny at the same time. There is some deceit as well as at least 3 potential men that Molly could become involved with. 

We learn about why David, her husband insisted on moving to Herefordshire, which gave a lot of vital background information, and I enjoyed reading that bit. I also loved the whole of the last 30% or so, as everything starts ramping up to conclusions. 

About Last Night was just an enjoyable story, that kept me entertained and reminded me that I really enjoy the authors work. 

Thank you so much to Michael Joseph and Netgalley for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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