All I Ever Wanted is the latest novel by Lucy Dillon, author of One Small Act of Kindness and A Hundred Pieces of Me.
When Caitlin’s marriage breaks down, she desperately tries to keep things normal for her two young children. With her life in chaos and her confidence at rock bottom, things couldn’t really get much worse. That is, until her lively, four-year-old chatterbox Nancy worryingly stops talking.
Caitlin and her husband Patrick struggle to keep things amicable, especially when his new job, the final nail in their relationship coffin, takes him miles away from his family. Patrick calls upon his aloof sister Eva to act as a half way access point so he can see the children every fortnight.
Recently widowed, Eva is lonely and grieving – both her beloved husband and a life she feels she has missed out on. Her quiet solitude is disturbed by the arrival of her niece and nephew, and she slowly begins to open her heart again.
Sometimes things happen that make you realise what you thought you wanted isn’t the case at all. Caitlin and Eva are forced to confront the issues in both of their marriages, decide what they really want their lives to look like and search for their happy ending.
All I Ever Wanted is a charming, bittersweet tale, told with compassion by Lucy Dillon. The characters are likeable and well rounded, and you can’t help but care about what happens to them. The situations they find themselves in and their reactions to them – a relationship breakdown, bereavement, a childless future, are touching and totally relatable.
Although it deals with issues of heartbreak, grief, guilt and stress, at its heart, the story is uplifting and life affirming and well worth a read.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
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