Having loved The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, I was really looking forward to reading The Hand That First Held Mine. It is a beautifully written book and is very evocative. The author really drew me into the story and the characters’ lives and described things in such a lovely way.
There are two stories in the book. The first is the story of Lexie Sinclair, my favourite character. She becomes an independent career woman in the late 1950s and 1960s in Soho. The second story is that of Ted and Elina, and their new baby, and how they cope with him and also Ted’s memories, or lack of them. The stories appear completely unrelated for much of the book but the reader always knows that they are somehow related. I loved the two strands and thought that they worked together very well, both separately and once the link became apparent.
I cried in more than one place in the book, and at one point was desperate to exclaim out loud, but I was on a bus at the time. An absolutely lovely read.
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
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