Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells - Virginia McGregor

Published: 1st January 2016, Sphere

Format: ebook

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Set UP:

One ordinary morning, Norah walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she walked away from only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah's family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah's husband and Norah's youngest daughter calls Fay 'Mummy'.

Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they each need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all - what happens to The Mother Who Stayed when The Mother Who Left comes back? 


I read and enjoyed 'What Milo Saw' and was delighted to be invited by the publishers to read an ARC of this novel.

Another cleverly written story in McGregor's inimitable style, told from multiple POVs, the most engaging of which is six-year-old Willa. McGregor has such a fresh way of telling stories and such clear and yet evocative prose - I highly recommend trying this for yourself.

All of the characters are well defined and relatable. The plot is satisfyingly full of dilemmas, twists and turns resulting in the overall story taking the reader on an exploration of family dynamics and inter relationships told in a beautiful, heartwarming but unsentimental way. This had me laughing out loud one moment and choking up the next. Family drama at it's best and most cleverly depicted, it is another memorable story that asks questions for which there are no round and facile answers. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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