Eve has never regretted the time she has spent raising her late sister’s daughter, Caitlyn - even though it brought about the end of a romantic relationship and hampered her archaeology career. Now as Caitlyn heads off to France, she leaves behind 12 ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ vouchers for Eve, instructing her to fill them in whenever she does something nice for herself.
This is a charming, albeit a bit slow, tale about a woman whose plans get derailed early in life. As she becomes an empty-nester by the age of forty, she gets a second chance at putting herself first for once – and perhaps has a second chance at love too.
Nobody is more stunned than Mary when her husband, Leo, tells her he's leaving her for another man. They have two children together so she has no choice but to pull herself together for them. But she finds it difficult when her children want to spend more time with Leo and his partner.
This is my first book by Kate Field. To begin with, I found the story quite difficult to get into but once I got to grips with it, the pages flew by. I liked the writing style and there was a good mix of characters - my favourite was Leo's brother Ethan and I wish there was more of him in the book. The scenes in which Leo and Mary spoke about their job wasn't interesting for me. But overall a highly enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to what Kate brings out next. (KD)