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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Aunt Ivy's Cottage by Kristin Harper

Zoey has returned to her Aunt Ivy's home as she is ill and needs help. It also helps Zoey because she is out of a job, her entire savings have been swindled by her ex lover and she is in a bit of a state. Aunt Ivy lived with Aunt Sylvia and now that Sylvia has passed away, Ivy does not seem to be able to get to grips with living again. She is depressed, always having a odd spell, severe angina and to top it all her heir apparent Mark is snooping around trying to get his Aunt into assisted living though that is not something she wants. He is using every persuasive trick in the book to get his Aunt to move but this is something that Zoey opposes. She feels her Aunt is happiest in her own home and eventually the property will revert to Mark. So why is he intent on alterations, decorations and major construction whilst her Aunt is still living and happy with the situation she is in. On top of it all, Zoey has to look after her niece who is playing truant at home after her mother's death and her father's alcoholic lapses. Managing all these is hard and trying to do what is best for everyone is not going to be smooth. Especially in the face of a determined Mark, out to get his own way. The story is about family, about money and greed and the setting of Dune Island is quaint and a very simple background setting. A very nice afternoon's read. Sent by Bookouture for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

2 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like a good story filled with family dynamics.

Literary Feline said...

This does sound like a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. I am glad you enjoyed Aunt Ivy's Cottage.