Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond @LDiamondAuthor @panmacmillan

Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings.
Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city's delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble . . .
Charlotte's in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she's suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.
A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it's a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa's passion for food could lead her to more interesting places?
As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond.

The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond is published  in hardback on 26 January 2017 by Pan Macmillan and is the author’s twelfth novel.

I have one hardback copy of The House of New Beginnings to give away.  Entry is simple; just fill out the competition widget at the end of this post.  UK ENTRIES ONLY.  Good luck!
I’ve been reading Lucy Diamond’s books for ten years and she never ever fails to cheer me. Her stories are warm and entertaining, bursting with characters that almost become friends. She’s one of my absolute go-to authors.  I've reviewed five of her earlier novels here on Random Things: The Beach Cafe (July 2011);  Me and Mr Jones (May 2013); One Night in Italy (March 2014); The Year of Taking Chances (December 2014) and Summer at Shell Cottage (June 2015).
The House of New Beginnings  is set in Brighton and 11, Dukes Square is the place that three women have come to make their own new beginnings.   The house, with its seafront views and ferocious house manager has been converted into flats and Georgie, Charlotte and Rosa are the newest residents.
Three very different women with their own issues and complicated lives, but who are brought together by their new address. The reader is invited along on their journey, and what a fabulous and heart warming trip it is.
The three female lead characters are so very well crafted, each of them have their own personalities, their own strengths and their own honesty, and they complement each other perfectly. In addition to Georgie, Charlotte and Rosa, the author has produced a stellar cast of supporting characters too. I was especially fond of Margot, the elderly French lady who lives on the top floor of the house.
Lucy Diamond has tackled some deep and emotive issues within The House of New Beginnings,  and she does this brilliantly well.  The characters  experience sadness, grief, disappointment and anger, and this clever author skilfully weaves those more sombre moments in with the blossoming friendships, romances and new beginnings to create a really delicious and delightful story.
Once again, Lucy Diamond has completely bowled me over. I adored The House of New Beginnings, it’s a gorgeous and powerful read about relationships, independence, trust and dreams that can come true.

My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

I have one hardback copy of The House of New Beginnings to give away.  Entry is simple; just fill out the competition widget at the end of this post.  UK ENTRIES ONLY.  Good luck!

Born in Nottingham, Lucy Diamond has lived in Leeds, London, Oxford and Brighton, but now lives in beautiful Bath. 

She is married with three children.

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