by Helen McGinn
Publication Date August 5, 2021
Published by Boldwood Books Ltd
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Genres: Activities, City Life, Contemporary, Essays & Travelogues, Europe, Family & Relationships, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, General, Holiday, Holidays, Humorous, Italy, Marriage & Divorce, Marriage & Long-Term Relationships, Mashups, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Siblings, Travel, Women
Everything can change – In Just One Day
Flora has always adored her brother Billy. Born just eighteen months apart, their childhood was spent like two peas in a pod – no one could separate them. Now, as adults, they remain the best of friends. And as Flora is immersed in family life, Billy is always there to lend a hand.
But, in just one day, everything changes.
In just one day, Flora’s life falls apart.
In just one day, Flora has to learn how to live again.
From the nostalgia of seaside Britain to the breath-taking beauty of Venice, in tears and laughter, join Helen McGinn for this emotional, uplifting and joyful story about love in all its guises. But above all, this is an unforgettable story of one little girl and the brother she adored.
Helen McGinn has written a novel to recommend to all your friends, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Noble, Cathy Kelly and JoJo Moyes.
Praise for Helen McGinn:
'Escapist, warm, witty and wise' Daily Mail
'This is a lovely uplifting book that transported me away, firstly to the beautiful city of Rome and then to gorgeous Cornwall. It’s a moving and emotional story of families in all their messy wonderfulness, of people losing one another, and then coming together again - sometimes in unexpected ways. A hugely enjoyable family tale,it was exactly what I wanted to read at this time.' Louise Douglas
‘This Changes Everything is the perfect tonic. An uplifting, forget-about-everything-else read that I couldn’t put down. Romantic, emotional and page-turning, Helen McGinn’s debut novel can’t fail to cheer you up!' Zoe Folbigg
'I loved reading this book. I needed escapism - don't we all need escapism right now - and it gave me Rome, Cornwall and a family who immediately felt like old friends. I took it to the bath, to bed and had finished it within 24 hours. It was the perfect antidote to tough times.' Victoria Moore The Daily Telegraph
In Just One Day by Helen McGinn is a story about grief and explores the varied ways a family deals with the loss of a son, brother, and friend. However, it’s not an overly sad book, instead, it’s a book about recovering from grief and it’s full of hope and inspiration. It’s also a book about wine and a wine shop, but thankfully, not a book about using wine (or alcohol) to recover from grief.
Flora and Johnny, parents of two adorable children and are both made redundant at the same time. Flora was working in a wine shop, and the owner Mack is selling the shop due to lack of sales. Soon after this devastating news, Flora learns her brother Billy had perished in a car accident. This story chronicles the lives of Flora, Johnny, and Flora’s parents as they rebuild their lives and learn to live with their overwhelming grief.
I enjoyed this story and was rooting for Flora and Johnny through the entire book. Although a terribly sad subject matter and there were some very sad parts of the book, it was told with hope and a gentle touch as to not be overwhelming. The author is a wine expert, and it showed in her descriptions of the wine shop. All the characters were realistic and well developed.
I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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It does sound like a good read, just heavier than I can handle at this time 🙂
Thank you Cindy, I agree, it’s a bit heavy and not for everyone.
Fabulous review Wendy! I keep seeing this book and was so curious about it. I’m glad you enjoyed!💖📚
Thank you Kaceey, if you get it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.