The Hand That First Held Mine
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I have not been affected by a book as much as this one for a long time! I was up until 2am last night because I got so pulled in, to the extent that I just could not go to bed without knowing how O'Farrell masterfully tied all the beautiful threads she had woven into one stunning masterpiece - so beware, your life as you know it will be changed once this book takes over your world!
Elina, Lexie, Ted and Innes are incredibly real, intricately created characters who draw you into their existence, and all of which are endearing and amazingly well-written. O'Farrell's language is beautiful and every sentence is crafted to perfection.
I have to admit, I did not see the twist coming until it was revealed to me... although O'Farrell had my mind working overtime to piece together the subtle hints and clues that she had dotted throughout the novel. When the twist is unveiled, it hits you like a ton of bricks and that's when the intense pull of the story really kicks in...
A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood with stunning emotional punch - this is Maggie O'Farrell doing what she does better than anyone.This is the story of two women - Lexie and Elina, a journalist and a painter - separated by fifty years, but linked by a story of love, family secrets and deception, that touches powerfully on the theme of motherhood. It is acclaimed and bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell's most emotionally satisfying novel to date.