‘The House That Made Us’ is the first book by Alice Cavanagh.
When Mac and Marie marry and find a home of their own, Mac takes a snap of them outside their newbuild bungalow, the garden bare and the paint on the front door still wet. It becomes a tradition, this snap, and slowly the photographs build into an album of a fifty-year relationship. Every year they take a photo and though things change around them – the garden matures, the fashions change, they grow older – the one constant is their love. Every year, come rain, come shine, from the Seventies through the decades, every photo tells the story of their love. But life never travels the path you expect it to, though they know that a life with love is a life lived to the full. Now, in the present day, the photo album belongs to someone who doesn’t know the people in its pages. As they watch the lives from the past unfold, will the truth of their love story be told…?
Alice Cavanagh aka Juliet Ashton has written a beautiful story that will instantly tug on your heartstrings. It tells the story of Mac and Marie and their life together and the mysterious stranger that visits her and travels down memory lane with her through a photo album.
This book is warm-hearted, tender, and witty. Mac and Marie are a lovely couple, where Mac is quiet and reserved, Marie is fiery and outspoken, their opposites but work wonderfully together. Any troubles that they face brings them closer and they really do make an enviable partnership.
The story is written in past and previous tense, and this makes for wonderful and tender reading as we learn about their story. It’s hard to say too much about the story incase I give something away, but this tender love story is a wonderful start to 2023.
A story of love and new beginnings, ‘The House That We Grew Up In’ is a sweet story of nostalgia but be warned tissues are needed!
You can buy ‘The House That Made Us’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.