Thank you for stopping by as I share my review for Keep You By My Side by Callie Langridge as part of the blog blitz today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?
The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.
Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart.
How far would you go to protect the people you love?
Well what can I say other than I loved getting to know the characters in this story. This book was both emotional and heartfelt as we follow three women from the same family just in different time periods. After reading and loving A Time To Change last year I wondered how I would feel about Callie Langridge's new book but I had no need to worry as I loved this one just as much but for different reasons. It was easy to connect with the characters although I guess I did feel more of a connection when I read the chapters involving Gertie and Abi. The whole story moved at a lovely pace easily pulling me in and provided plenty of emotional moments, I have to admit there were tears!
I was fully invested in this families story as we follow them through the 40's to the 80's with each time period working perfectly to compliment the story. As secrets slowly surface Callie Langridge made sure that the switch to another characters perspective was smooth and added so much more to the next part of the story. This book has a whole lot of heart as the reader sees both the good times and the bad along with showing how complex family relationships can be.
Keep You By My Side is such a touching and beautifully written story!
With thanks to Emma and Bombshell Books for my copy.
Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.
Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for history, working in marketing and communications for historical and cultural organisations.
On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to pick up her pen and take the first of many creative writing courses. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London. Her first novel A Time to Change was published in September 2017.
Her second novel Keep You By My Side will be published in October 2018.
Callie lives in London with her long-term partner, an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities, and more books than any person really needs.