Learning to Love
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Exploring the Fragility of Love, Life, and Relationships Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village – where no one knows him, ergo there’s no fuel for neighbourhood gossip– to start afresh with is ten-year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother, and David doesn’t know how to reach him.
Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a “nuts” mother to care for, her fiancé can’t fathom why she wants to throw
something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? Because her plates are skew-whiff and her balls are dropping off all over the place, Andrea points out. She needs to make changes. Still her fiancé, who has a hidden agenda, is dead-set against it.
When Andrea’s house burns mysteriously to the ground and Andrea and her entourage are forced to move in with the enigmatic Dr Adams, however, the village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out someone does know him – the woman carrying his baby.
The story surrounds Andrea, a mother and in a relationship with Jonathan. Un ware of Jonathan’s mischievous ways Andrea is getting on with life, looking after her children, juggling a teaching career as well as looking after her elderly Mother.
One night her house burnt down, changing everything. Dr David Adams a neighbour takes the family in, offering a roof over their heads whilst everything gets sorted out. David has his own issues with his son Jake following the death of his wife. However as Andrea’s and David’s friendship blossomed the truths come out of the woodwork.
Sheryl has done a fantastic job with this book. The main character Andrea is very well written, making the reader understand Andrea’s life struggles. At the start of the book I had an instant dislike to Jonathan, but I didn’t know why. I loved this. It made me want to read on to see what he had been up to. The father/son relationship between David and Jake was heartbreaking. I felt David’s pain. The book examines relationship, family and friends in such a realistic way. The anger as a child missing his mother and the blame on his father was extremely sad to read. However the dynamics of Andrea’s family, including Dougal the dog, little Chloe and Dee did give light humour where required throughout the book. Friendships of neighbours are examined and the reactions of a community rallying around to support the family was lovely to read, something you may not see in the large communities these days!
It’s a great easy read that I would definately recommend!