'Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones's warmth and wisdom.' JOJO MOYES
'A hug in a book' Prima
'Her best book yet' Woman & Home
'Compassionate, wise and life-affirming' The Observer
The funny, moving and uplifting new novel from Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey and author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Never Greener and Us Three.
Grace is about to turn ninety and she doesn't want parties or presents or fuss. She just wants a quiet celebration: her daily swim in the sea and a cup of tea with granddaughter Elin and great-granddaughter Beca. More than anything, she wants to heal the family rift that's been breaking her heart for decades.
And to do that she must find her daughter, Alys - the only person who can help to put things right.
But thirty years is a long time.
And many words have been left unsaid.
So is it too late now to heal the pain of the past?
This is a story about mothers and daughters: the love inherent in that bond and the heartache that miscommunication can bring. More than anything, it's about the importance of being true to oneself. Meet Grace, Alys, Elin and Beca - a family you'll come to know, and to love.
PRAISE FOR RUTH JONES
'Heartfelt, joyful, brave, utterly compelling' RACHEL JOYCE
'I adored it' JOANNA CANNON
'Joyful, life-affirming' ADELE PARKS
'Beautifully warm and totally absorbing. I cried and I laughed. I adored it' JANE FALLON
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
*'Good grief. This is truly a novel that pulled on every last emotion.'
*'Warm-hearted, beautiful and heartbreaking.'
*'Ruth's best book yet... entertaining and incredibly moving.'
*'A gorgeous, emotional read that I was completely immersed in.'
*'I'm absolutely gutted it's over... loved every single page.'
** Sunday Times bestseller July 2023 **