All i ever wanted book lucy dillon
All I Ever Wanted by Lucy DillonNancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. Nancys mum and dad split up. Her father Patrick moves away from their Bristol home to Newcastle. And Nancy stops talking.
Eva is forty-four, nearly forty-five. She didnt expect to be the third wife of a much-loved household name, but eight years ago, she and semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. Eva knew marrying a much older man meant compromises, but it was the love of a lifetime for them both - until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone with his gossipy diaries, their two pugs, and a distressing voice in the back of her mind, wondering if perhaps shes sacrificed more than she meant to.
While Nancys parents negotiate their separation, the question of weekend contact is solved when Patrick volunteers his sister Evas house. Its in Longhampton, an hour out of Bristol, with plenty of room for her to get to know a niece and nephew shes barely met - even if Nancy continues to refuse to speak. Patrick is sure its just a phase but his soon-to-be-ex-wife is worried that something more traumatic lies at the heart of their daughters selective mutism.
Meanwhile, Eva begins to read through Mickeys diaries, and with every page shes forced to confront a view of her marriage that turns everything she believed about her late husband, her self - and her own heart - on its head. The fortnightly presence of two children in her peaceful, grown-up home - one constantly singing and performing, the other wordless and sad - initially drives Eva and the two pugs, Bumble and Bee, to exhaustion, but as spring turns into summer, a trust slowly begins to form between an anxious little girl with a heartbreaking secret, and a woman who has realised too late that what her soul yearns for is the love of a child.
BOOK REVIEW - ALL WE EVER WANTED - Emily Giffin
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November 24, Lucy Dillon is one of my 'go to' books for when I need a 'comfort read'. So this week on a wet, dark, cold morning when I was not feeling my brightest or my best, this book really was 'all I ever wanted' and actually 'all I ever needed' to unwind with. I was happy to settle into a story where I knew, despite the ups and downs that would inevitably test the characters, Dillon would deliver a satisfying read in which to escape for a few hours. This novel has two story lines centred around one family.
Caitlan and Patrick used to seem perfect for each other but now work comes first for Patrick and they argue all the time. When he moves out to start work in another city, their four year old daughter Nancy stops talking. As the family begins to readjust to their new domestic circumstances, the Nancy and her older brother Joel spend alternate weekends with their widowed Aunt Eva, who they have barely met before. Eva has recently found out that Mick left diaries including details of his marriages. Meanwhile, Caitlan and Patrick try to work out how they will parent the children and move on with their lives. This was such a lovely book and the way Lucy Dillon has written about her characters made me want to keep reading to find out how things would work out for them. I could really understand their concern for Nancy when she stopped speaking and their two different approaches summed up their characters.
Added by 3 of our members. From the best-selling author of A Hundred Pieces of Me and One Small Act of Kindness comes a heartwarming, bittersweet and uplifting story of missed chances and unexpected opportunities. Caitlin's life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used to talk all the time; in the car, at nursery, to her brother Joel. Then her parents split up.