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A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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We then begin to discover something of the life of Patricia, Elizabeth’s mother, partly through a bunch of letters but also as a witness to incidents in Patricia’s life. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light.

Her mother passed away and it is now up to Elizabeth to sort through her things and close up the house. Compelling, well-written with a great eye for human foibles it is undoubtedly highly readable but for me lacked substance and there isn’t much more to the novel than what becomes pretty obvious early on.I enjoyed both eras of this story, journeying along with Elizabeth while she balanced uncovering her family history with a family drama in the present. Following her mother’s death home in Ireland, Elizabeth travels to Buncarragh where she has inherited her childhood home.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It’s a sad and lovely book, brimful of tenderness and compassion, where the revelations of the past upturn the perceptions of the present. 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.The attitudes and interactions are steeped in the predjucises of the culture and yet it is such a human tale that it could be set anywhere.

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