It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches. In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her. A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever. And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don’t quite add up. Welcome to Primrose Square.
‘The Secrets Of Primrose Square’ is Claudia’s first book with her new publisher and it’s a lovely tale.
The story is seen through the perspective of four different women all dealing with heartbreak and new beginnings. Susan can’t deal with the sudden death of her daughter, she takes her anger and hurt on those around her including Melissa, her other daughter. Melissa is having to deal with her grief alone, only a young girl she’s having to be the adult in the family, as her father is away with the army. Until, one day her mother breaks down and is committed to hospital. Melissa is sent to live with her neighbour called Jayne, a widow, who’s recently found love online much to the disgust of her son and daughter in law. And newcomer to the area Nancy has escaped London life to direct ‘Pride and Prejudice’ at a Dublin theatre.
All four different women are at difficult times in their lives, bereavement, loneliness, harassment and together they form an unlikely bond, helping each other and providing the well needed support they all need.
The women are all from different generations and this gives the story an interesting slant to the tale, as their experiences and wisdom are all able to help each other.
Like Claudia’s previous books, the story is filled with Irish wit and charm, that really made for sweet reading. The relationships between the women are lovely to read, as they grow from tentative women into strong and determined ladies.
A poignant tale filled with emotion and insights in female relationships from mother and daughter to friends, ‘The Secrets Of Primrose Square’ is a modern story of friendship and starting over.
You can buy The Secrets of Primrose Square from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.