About the book
When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a divorced father of two, and begins a new job. She’s looking forward to a fresh start and simple life.
Kyle’s five-year-old twins, Summer and Jaxon, have other ideas and quickly adopt Kendra as their new mother – mainly because she lets them eat marshmallows for breakfast. Kendra eventually becomes a part of their lives, even though she’s hiding a painful secret that makes her keep everyone – especially children – at arm’s length.
Then Kendra bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and things fall apart: she can’t sleep, she can’t eat, she’s suspended from work, and the kids are taken away by their mother. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made all those years ago. But that’s something she swore never to do . . .
Reviewed by New Forest/Waterside U3A
The general conclusion was that this book was directed at a specific market and we were not of that market. There were enough themes to support a trilogy; the effects of rape on an individual, of alcoholism on children, of infidelity on relationships and of bullying in the workplace. Koomson seems to be addicted to adjectives, exotic eye colouring and the random use of passages in italics. The overall structure of the novel was sound enough but despite cross checking no reader offered a rational reason for the culinary subtitles. Surprisingly the ending was, for Kendra and all the main characters rational and completely satisfactory.
Star rating **