Tom and Katie run a successful garden centre. Katie's mother had early onset dementia and is confused, so she decides to go live with them. Tom feels shut out, as does their daughter, Sally. Tom is flattered by a beautiful girl who goes to work for them, with dire consequences. Sally too has problems and increasingly, it looks as if the family may be blown apart. Will they overcome their difficulties and survive, will it ever be the same as before?
Have just read Gillian Wells, "Families". A nice simple read with the fast storyline and interesting characters. The emotional slant about Old Age Dementia almost put me off, but I am glad it didn't. The pain and complicated emotions of dealing with dementia are so well balanced that I felt at once sad for the mother and wanting to shove her off a bridge! I imagine that Mrs Wells is a good gentle person and her writing this story must have some personal experience behind it. A very good book to take away on holiday to read quickly between events.
Gillian has done it again and given her readers another captivating novel to enjoy! It’s worth staying up late to finish “Families” as you will be keen to find out what is going to happen next. Gillian takes us into the lives of an ordinary, hard-working family going through many changes and difficulties which threaten to break the close bonds between husband and wife and other family members. The one who holds things together is Katie who admirably fulfils her roles of daughter, wife, mother and business partner. Her elderly mother, Ruth, has dementia and comes to live with them. An explosive chain reaction of events and consequences follows.
“Families” is full of Gillian’s trademark story twists and turns which are sure to surprise and delight you as they did me. An interesting cast of multi-generational characters is brought vividly to life through Gillian’s descriptive prose and realistic dialogue. Look out for characters whose secrets emerge as the story unfolds until the last and biggest the secret of all is revealed at the end of the novel.
A story of love, resilience and hope that readers will find immensely satisfying and enjoyable.
Gillian deals with a challenging theme of dementia and its impact on the family with her usual realism and good humour. Twists and turns, tragedies, revenge and a surprise ending with a deliciously shocking mother's secret. Fatal attraction, nightclub drug scenes, young love and its blindness to dangerous people almost destroy the "perfect" family. Glimpses of colour and creativity in the family-run garden centre are not merely well researched the green stained print is a dead giveaway to fellow gardeners. Skillfully penned with empathy for young and old, a family ultimately challenged but held together with love and loyalty. You will find this is another great little read. I raced thru "Families" at Gillian's speed, but now I will settle back for a leisurely re-read in my favourite garden chair.
A delightful story of family life and problems that can happen in any family well written and fast-moving story of an ordinary family
Think we should all be aware as we grow older of not putting pressure on our family and plan early not to be a nuisance however much we love them all....
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