Retro: The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

Quite simply I found this novel a pure joy to read. It is wonderful. A wonderfully written book, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again and delve back into the stories. I loved Lexie and her adventures in the 1960s in her new life in London in the world of publishing, and most of all her relationship with the intriguing and vivacious Innes.

Equally engrossing was the modern-day story of exhausted new mother Elina and her partner Ted. The chapters alternate between the two eras. Ultimately the two stories are drawn together and the truth of the past and present is revealed. A really cracking book about the passions and cruelties of life and the secrets that people keep. I loved her last novel The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox too, so very much looking forward to her next.

Lindsay Healy
Personal 5
Group 5

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
978-0755308460|Headline|Tinder Press



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