Welcome to today's stop on the Finding Alison blog tour!
Published by Black & White Publishing on 18 May 2017
Grief and guilt. Love and resentment. A community divided.
No one in Carniskey has ever truly understood what led Sean Delaney, a seasoned local fisherman, to risk his life in a high storm in the dead of night. Now, three years on from that tragic night, his wife Alison is still struggling with her unresolved grief and increasing financial worries.
After three difficult years, Alison has grown distant from her daughter and estranged from her friends and fellow villagers, particularly her best friend Kathleen who harbours a deeply guarded secret of her own. Isolated by its stunning yet often cruel surroundings, this is a community used to looking after its own but the arrival of an outsider & artist and lifelong nomad, William; offers Alison a new perspective on life and love that threatens to unearth the mysteries of the past.
The story starts the night Alison's husband, Sean, goes out on his boat at night and is never seen again, presumed drowned. They had quarrelled before Sean walked out of the door and three years on Alison is still consumed with guilt and grief.
Her teenage daughter, Hannah, is rebelling, she's keeping bad company and is lying to her mum. Alison is at her wit's end when her sister, Claire, who lives in London, offers to have Hannah for the summer, and she can't wait to leave her mum and the sea for the bright lights of London.
While she's away it gives Alison time on her own to reflect on what she wants from her life and maybe start to move on, especially when she meets nomad William, living in his camper van at the beach.
A wonderfully told story, full of beautiful descriptions of the sea, with a surprise or two, it's about living for the moment, moving on, taking control of your life and learning to let go.
I must just mention the cover too. I loved it. It conveys so much of what the story is about - Alison, reflecting on her life, looking out to the sea she both loves and hates.
Thanks to Black & White Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this enchanting book and be involved in the blog tour, which you can follow here:-