This was a lovely, feel-good, easy read, with great character development and good attention to detail. Becca has returned to Brighton to her Mum’s B&B, following an injury which has prematurely ended her dancing career. Whilst Becca takes stock and decided what to do next in life, she catches up with her cousin Jodi and some other people from her old Brighton days. All the main characters had challenges of one type or another, which gave this book a true-to-life feel. There were a lot of different issues covered including: racism, addiction, bereavement, criminality, divorce, as well as general financial pressures and work stress. Corbett does not deal with them heavily but writes with a touching sensitivity. She also balances these with topics such as friendship, love, passion for expression, and loyalty.
Essentially, this is a story about people moving on; overcoming adversity and embracing a new challenge and different future. None of these things are easy to do, but the characters were so well developed and easy to identify with, that I was really rooting for them! Ultimately, it’s an uplifting novel with lots of laugh-out-loud moments. The action takes place in Brighton and there is a great attention to detail encompassing both the landscape (seafront, buildings and parks), and the city’s cultural history. As I read, I kept thinking ‘oh I want to go and see that’ which left me with a yearning to re-visit Brighton in the wake of reading of this book.
This is a greatly enjoyable book, with plenty of humour! It deals sensitively with the universal difficulties we all come up against sometimes and is a celebration of the ties of love and friendship. Months later, I’d still love to know how all the characters are getting on and what they’re up to now.