Helen Walters, the heroine in Kate Field’s latest book, The Truth About You, Me And Us, made a decision that, on the surface at least, could put her at odds with the reader.
The fact that I not only liked her but found myself empathising with her situation is down to Kate’s skill as a writer.
Even at the beginning, when we are far from knowing the whole story, Kate gives us subtle clues as to who we should be rooting for – although it’s not completely black and white.
Here’s the blurb:
Five years ago Helen Walters walked out on her ‘perfect’ life with the ‘perfect’ man. Wealthy, glamorous and bored, she longed for something more.
Now a talented artist with a small business, Helen creates crazy patchwork crafts to support her young daughter, Megan. Penniless, content and single, she is almost unrecognisable.
But when her past unexpectedly collides with her new life, Helen finds herself torn. She knows what the easiest choice is, but is it what she wants?
This is Kate’s second novel – her previous, The Magic Of Ramblings, won the prestigious Joan Hessayon award – and while I loved the first, I think this is even better.
It is a beautifully written romance but with its fair share of drama too. Kate seems to have a knack for exploring complicated characters and also for creating locations that I would really love to visit (although I’m sure I’d spend a fortune at the craft market).
I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
My rating: Five stars.
I was very lucky to be able to chat to Kate before the publication of The Truth About You, Me And Us for my Behind The Book series. You can find the post here.