Sometimes it is better to keep the past in the past. The old adage of digging up history and not finding it palatable is somewhat true. For Iris and Archie resurrecting the past, now that they are quite old is difficult and not easy, for their grand niece Kate it is a revelation of her own family history of which she has scant knowledge. Her return to Bath is a pilgrimage of sorts. She wants to lay to rest her own turbulent life - being a top class divorce lawyer has its minus points - and she wants to finally seek some peace from having had her heart broken.
Moving six hundred miles away to start a new life, Kate does not realise that on the other side is Todd her heart breaker who having suffered a heart attack is also seeking an alternative lifestyle. Coincidences are strange but having him turn up in Ballytokeep is one for the books. It disrupts Kate's peace of mind as well as the village who now have a celebrity in their midst in the form of a rock star albeit a bit aged in Todd.
The pitfalls of having secrets, the ties of family bonds are the basis of this story. Set in the past and present in two timelines which is always interesting, the story is also descriptive of this part of the English county.
The book was sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Aria Books.