I’ve been spending a lot of time in Norfolk recently – the new go-to county for authors.
And I’m enjoying my little trips – including the most recent one, courtesy of Kate Frost, and her novel The Honeysuckle Dream, which also includes stop-offs in Bristol, Sheffield, Pembrokeshire and Cephalonia (where the weather was warmer than at all the other destinations).
Did I say enjoying?
Actually, by chapter two I was fizzing with fury on behalf of poor betrayed, pregnant nineteen-year-old Leila, whose mother tells her the much older, married father of her baby isn’t to blame because men ‘can’t control their desire.’
Like Leila, I wanted to scream: ‘It’s 1979, not bloody 1950.’
Well done, Frost for well and truly grabbing this reader.
Leila’s parents, desperate to keep up appearances, want to send her away so she can have the baby in secret and give it up for adoption.
Leila, equally desperate to keep her child runs away to join an ex-boyfriend in Bristol.
And, so begins, her struggle to navigate being a single working mum, managing new friendships and new relationships.
She’s not – to be honest – one hundred per cent successful at any of this until she moves to Norfolk and a country cottage with honeysuckle climbing its wall.
Leila’s story is told in flashbacks and, although I enjoy this type of storytelling, some readers might find the switching of times and locations a little confusing.
Others, too, might find their sympathy for Leila ebbing a little as she bed hops from one unsuitable man to another.
However, ultimately, The Honeysuckle Dream is about growing up and finding somewhere to call home and I’d be surprised at any reader who doesn’t have their fingers firmly crossed that Leila gets there in the end.
Heart-warming and uplifting.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
Available to buy on Amazon.
About the author:
Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances.
The Honeysuckle Dream is her ninth book, and the third (standalone) novel, in The Butterfly Storm series.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught life-writing to creative writing undergraduates.
Kate is also the Director of Children’s and Teen events for Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, and the co-founder of Storytale Festival, the first city-wide children’s book festival in Bristol.
She is the author of Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for nine-to-twelve year olds.
Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, son, and Frodo, their cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
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