A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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I did feel hatred for Edwards mother, yes he was a mummy's boy but why did she have a hold over him? Alternating between "Now" and "Then" storylines, the backstory is revealed, and we see the connection between "now" and "then". He is visiting his gay father, Elliot in California, a man he has seen little of since his parents acrimonious split. Elizabeth’s loneliness is ever present though never overplayed, and her difficult ties with her extended family oscillate between frustration, anger, regret and resignation. I don't like to do that with NetGalley reads though, so I may have to rethink on that in the future.

It's a bit of a roller coaster of discoveries and reveals, balancing between darkness and kindness all the way. After enjoying the TV drama, “holding,” based on Graham Norton’s first book, I was pleased to discover his writing has continued. Add to this Elizabeth's awkwardness and frustrations, the quirkiness of everyone she comes across, and little moments of beauty, and you have the unusual combination that comes together to make this book absolutely wonderful. My only complaint is that Graham Norton's diction is not always perfect, and at times he reads too fast.It is also such a warm and moving book - i can only recommend the author and will immediately be looking for other books that he published.

instead we get an in-depth look at while Nicole (the cousin's wife) is somewhat unhappy with her lot in life, but after that the explanation goes no further. She is dealing w/the loss of her mom and also with her teen son, whose situation is complicated because she is raising him alone. Graham Norton’s 2016 debut novel, Holding, surprised critics with its empathy, delicate characterisation and strong plotting. That box, and an appointment with her mother’s solicitor, unravels everything Elizabeth believes to be true about herself and her family. who knows what drives people to try to set things right ,and instead making it a kidnapping nightmare.Don't even get me started on why we get a separate POV for Rosemary, it wasn't necessary and added nothing to the story. In this narrative that goes back and forth in time, Patricia's life is slowly revealed as to how she ended up being a confirmed spinster and life long devoted single mother to her beloved daughter, Elizabeth. While staying at her mother's home, Elizabeth is informed there's a codicil to her mother's will and also finds letters from her father that he wrote to her mother almost 40 years ago. In the wardrobe she finds a box with some letters that appear to be written by her father, a man whom she has never known, who she believes passed away when she was but an infant. From the bestselling author of Holding comes a masterly tale of secrets and ill-fated loves set on the coast of Ireland.

Now”: Only child Elizabeth Keane, a 44-year-old college instructor, divorcée and mother to 17-year-old Zach, living in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, travels to Ireland to finalize her recently deceased mother’s estate in Buncarragh. He presents The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, a show on Virgin Radio every weekend, and is a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK. Maybe because she had been away for so long, but there's no mention of her having an accent or how her relatives sound, etc.Despite my reservations however A Keeper is engaging, well-written and wryly humorous and despite feeling Elizabeth’s character lacked depth I found it a very worthwhile read. It's been a long time since Elizabeth has been in the town that that she grew up in and being back fills her with a mixture of emotions.

Norton cleverly mirrors the process of grieving in Patricia and Elizabeth’s stories, as the two women each mourn the passing of their mother. The snarky ex-husband didn't go over well either and actually just disappeared out of the end of the story, never to be heard from again.I've not yet read Norton's first novel but it got good reviews, so when I was given the chance to read this as an ARC, I went for it. It is not tense or a thriller by any means, but it does hold a great deal of dark mystery and sadness. the TIMES'A compelling and moving story, expertly told, that will draw you in and keep you in its grip until the last page. In clearing out her mother's wardrobe Elizabeth comes across a wooden box containing letters from her father whom she knows very little about.

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