Karen King comes to the blog to answer the question – is love enough?
Single All the Way
Meg and Olly have a wonderful relationship, a solid marriage and are very much in love. The only thing missing is a baby, something that Meg has been planning on for years. But Olly is not so sure: his childhood was a tumultuous one, and he’s frightened about the commitment. When he tells Meg, after all their years together that he’s not wanting kids, she’s upset and devastated – believing that he’s lied to her for years and time is running out. Meanwhile, Meg’s parents Sally and Ted have been married nearly forty years, both retired now, Sally is chafing at Ted’s refusal to, and sulking about, her trying new things and socializing. Sally knows that they’ve grown apart and she’s feeling trapped and lonely. Her decision made, she’s rented the little cottage in Cornwall that was her honeymoon site – a place to regroup and decide on her next step. With Meg having left Olly with no plans to go anywhere: Sally invites Meg to spend time with her and they’ll celebrate their Christmas together and without men.
Told in multiple perspectives, we see Sally and Meg try to reconcile the disruption in their marriages and to make decisions about moving forward. While both men are obviously hurt and confused by the choices their women have made, it’s clear that communication has broken down, and while Meg and Olly need to really discuss his fears and worries, Sally and Ted have fallen into a routine – one that she’s not willing to endure for the rest of her life. With introductions and welcome from the local residents, Meg and Sally are soon involved in the local Christmas Faire, helping out and becoming a part of the little community that has welcomed them. And, this gives everyone time to find their feet and start to make choices until Ted’s heath deteriorates in rather dramatic fashion and everyone is sent reeling.
While not quite a “happy happy joy joy” holiday story, the clear explanations and descriptions of relationships diverging and heading down different paths, either with people growing apart or a lack of communication, the story is easy to follow along and understand. Clearly, there is much affection between both couples, and it never gets truly to the ‘recrimination and bitterness’ stage for any length of time. Keeping everyone’s options open and showing just how different Ted and Sally have become, as well as bringing Olly and Meg together to actually discuss a future and find new opportunity and hope in a new place will go a long way to sorting out what was wrong – and love – the ability to let it go or allow it to define your every thought about someone is truly enough here – and lets everyone find a new ‘happy ever after’.
Title: Single All the Way
Author: Karen King
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 28 October, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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I can see my mother is calling me. I answer the phone, knowing I’ll have to tell her about Oliver and me breaking up. But before I can, she announces, ‘I don’t exactly know how to tell you this… But I’m leaving your dad.’
Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart – from a love story that seems a lifetime ago…
Meg and Sally find they’re getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers.
Sometimes, it’s being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.