The Real Katie Lavender, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A secret that changed everything...Katie Lavender has always thought she was pretty unshockable, until a year after her mother's death she receives a letter from a solicitor telling her that the man she thought was her father, in fact wasn't.

Her real father, a man named Stirling Nightingale, has for years been building a trust fund for her. And now she's of an age to collect it. But Katie's not interested in the money. She wants to know about the man instead. So decides to do some snooping. She tracks him down to a beautiful riverside home on the night he's hosting a birthday party for his ninety-year-old mother. And as she's hovering outside, Katie is mistaken for a replacement waitress - an opportunity just too good to miss. And so Katie discovers that the Nightingales are far from your normal family...But what makes a normal family anyway?


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Katie, aged thirty, has recently lost her parents and thinks she's coping fairly well. Then she loses her job, and she's beginning to wonder whether or not she really wants to stay with her frequently absent boyfriend, although he was very supportive through the time she grieved for her parents. <br/><br/>If all that weren't enough, she is given an unexpected letter by a solicitor, which changes just about everything. At first resistant, Katie decides to follow it up, and finds herself involved in a family drama when she becomes friendly with an old lady who has just lost her son, meets some relatives who are not at all keen on her, and also starts to fall for someone who might or might not be her cousin... <br/><br/>It's quite a premise, and I thought the book started well, although Katie seemed almost too unemotional, and I never entirely related to her. It's a good story, even if the storyline feels more like a soap than a novel at times, but I felt that it was rather drawn out in places... there was a lot of introspection, and some conversation that did not seem to go anywhere. It could perhaps have benefitted from some editing. <br/><br/>Still, it was an enjoyable novel, just right for some light reading before bedtime. Three-and-a-half stars would be fairer.