Anna’s got a big birthday coming up and is planning the party to end all parties, but fate is determined to ensure that getting the guest list right is going to be traumatic. Ordering the canapes becomes fraught when just weeks before the big day she spots Jane, the catering queen, dallying on the doorstep of a man who isn’t her tragically disabled husband. Then there’s best mate of old, Glynis. City lawyer and fashion hot-shot she may be, but now Glynis has gone all broody and is on the hunt for `daddy’. And what of Anna’s own lost love…
This is the second Bethan Darwin novel that I’ve read and liked. The first was Thicker Than Water.See review here: http://bit.ly/2rtl2fA
I enjoyed Twenty Times Twenty. The author has an easy to read,chatty writing style; it’s a great story with a steady pace. Even though this is a story that is mainly character based, the plot has a few twists and turns that kept me interested. And I liked the way the characters’ lives are portrayed; there is poignancy and humour combined and this gives a great sense of realism to them all.
Told from the viewpoints of the protagonist, Anna, struggling with all the demands of her life and from her son, James, struggling with an all consuming first love, it’s fascinating to read their disparate perspectives on similar situations. So true to life.
Both the internal and external dialogue has the lilting voice of the Welsh people threaded throughout that emphasises the setting of South Wales. And the descriptions of the world they inhabit are full of imagery and evokes a wonderful sense of place.
I have a copy of Bethan Darwin’s other book, Back Home: and am looking forward to reading this one.
Would I recommend Twenty Times Twenty? Yes, I would; it’s an excellent weekend/ holiday read