The moving and romantic novel from the bestselling author of Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind.
Shortlisted for the 2007 RNA Novel of the Year award. 'Compelling tale' - HeatLiza McCullen will never escape her past.
But the unspoilt beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves - if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah.Until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt's hotel, and the peace of Silver Bay is shattered.
The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and disturbing eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbours her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love - never deserve to love - again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/01/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340895931
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Review by pjebsen
This novel about an Australian village’s fight against greedy developers takes a long time (probably half of the book) until Jojo Moyes really gets to the point. But when she does, it’s an engaging eco love story – with nice twists, colorful characters, and a moving ‘lost child’ subplot.
Review by tina1969
Liza lives and works with her family and friends in Silver Bay. A small community in Australia where she works in her family hotel and taking tourists out to see the dolphins and the whales. Along comes Mike to develop the bay and maybe even knock down the hotel. Eventually Mike falls in love with Liza and the community and decides to try to stop the development. This is not without uncovering secrets along the way. A pleasant story told from the point of view of the different cahracters in the book. Not an over taxing read but pleasant all the same.
Review by SueinCyprus
Liza and her daughter Hannah live with Liza’s Aunt Kathleen, at a small beach hotel in Australia. It’s popular with tourists for observing whales and dolphins, although there’s a worrying tendency to attract noisy boats. Liza clearly has a tragic secret in her past, and is very protective of Hannah. <br/><br/>Then a smartly suited man from England arrives. Mike is uncomfortable at first, feeling out of place. He quickly makes friends with Hannah, and is quite attracted to Liza, but also stirs up some bad feeling, particularly when the locals discover just why he’s there...<br/><br/>It took me some time to get into this book. Yet, slowly, I found myself drawn into the lives of this small community. I found myself caring more about these people and their everyday lives. By the time I was about half way through, I was totally hooked. Jojo Moyes has a great writing style that drew me in, kept me reading, and made me believe in her story, even at the end when - if I’m entirely honest - reality felt a little suspended.<br/><br/>Great writing, gentle story; recommended for anyone who enjoys this kind of women's fiction that's a little deeper than average.