Safe from Harm by Leah Mercer – I loved it! The characters were great; emotional, developed, interesting…and their numbers didn’t overwhelm the plot!
Pregnant Ali has run away from her life in London for some thinking time and space while she reflects on her husband’s rejection of her and their unborn child. She is distraught, yet determined, to do everything she possibly can to protect her baby.
While she stays in the East Sussex cottage, left to her by her gran after many happy summers there as a child, Ali meets her neighbours Meg and Michael, and their young daughter Jemima. Initially reluctant to engage, Ali soon warms to Meg and her perfect family, and they become friends, bonding over their shared motherhood experience.
This is a thought-provoking book which reflects deeply on rejection and how one’s upbringing can impact on our adult lives. It explores guilt, and it’s destructiveness in relationships, and how one’s mental health or ill-health can influence our actions and decision making processes.
Most of the story is about Ali, told from her perspective, with occasional snippets from gran’s voice from the past.
This is a truly great read and will keep you up long after bedtime.