Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for My Husband's Lie by Emma Davies.
When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…
When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.
But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?
Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break.
It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future?
This heart-wrenching and gripping family drama will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Author: Emma Davies
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
Date of Publication: April 9, 2020
No. of Pages: 302
My Rating: 4 Stars
Emma Davies takes a different direction in My Husband's Lie. I am used to reading romances by her, so to read a story that had an emotional edge was really nice.
This suspenseful story starts with promise for Thea and her husband Drew, friends since childhood, now and married with two children. Thea is thrilled to have a chance to move back into her childhood home. She never fully understood why her parents moved the family away when she was eleven years old.
A few things happen just as Thea and Drew are getting settled. Thea meets her next door neighbor, and they become fast friends. This is especially wonderful because her daughter also has a new friend. Lauren is about her only friend, however, because as she goes about town, even for a normal activity like taking her children to school, everyone treats her like a pariah. Then one day while in her daughter's room, she discovers a very old newspaper clipping in a long-ago hiding place. Lastly, there was a scandal years back that is now right in front of her.
Thea now begins to piece together things about her childhood and why her family moved away. Will Thea unravel the truth behind her past and can she do so before everything falls apart and ruins any chance at happiness for her and her family?
What a wonderful family drama that explores the bonds of friendship, all while being drawn along with taut suspense. I found this to be a quick read because I just had to see how things would work out and to see if Thea and her family could rise above everything suddenly going on. Kudos to Emma Davies for writing such an engaging story.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time, and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It's a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
Pop over to her website www.emmadaviesauthor.com where, amongst other things, you can read about her passion for Pringles and singing loudly in the car. You can also wave to her on twitter @EmDaviesAuthor or find her on Facebook.