Thursday, 30 January 2014

The House We Grew Up In - Lisa Jewell

Meet the Bird family.

All four children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden.

But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear them apart. 

The years pass and the children become adults and begin to develop their own separate lives. Soon it's almost as though they've never been a family at all.

Almost. But not quite.

Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago. 

Published by: Century - Fiction
Year: 2013 - Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-8460-5924-7

Lorelei Bird is what can only be described as one of life's hoarders.  It started with the children's pictures from school but soon extended to anything she thought might come in useful at some time in the future.  By the time the children return to their childhood home they can barely  make it through the front door.  This lovely novel by Lisa Jewell tells the story of the complicated lives of the Bird family from their childhood memories of living with a mother who could not bare to throw the smallest of pieces of silver paper away, to tragic loss within the family and what precipitated such an event to the children becoming adults and the trials and tribulations of their adult lives.  

A very good read. Easy to pick up from where you left off great as a travel companion.

This is my third read from 'My Yet to be Read' bookshelf challenge from my 2014 challenges. I  have to read 13 out of 26 books, that were still in residence on the shelf at Christmas 2013, by the end of June 2014. 

So my challenges continue, I am now back to reading my next book from my books I read at school challenge and you will get to see which book I have chosen to read next, next time.

Till then have a good week one and all whatever lives path you are taking.



  1. This sounds like an interesting scenario for a novel. All the best with your challenge.

    1. It was very good but such a sad existence for Lorelei in the end.


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