Title: The House of New Beginnings
Author: Lucy Diamond
Genre: Fiction, Romance and Friendship
Source: Best Sellers
My favourite quote; “The house of new beginnings, too. Maybe it had always been like that, though: a staging post in people’s lives, a temporary home where waifs and strays washed up, only to find themselves again eventually and move on.”
My new husband was taking me away to London for the weekend for a mini honeymoon to give us some space away from home after our wedding. The perfect opportunity to curl up with a new book in the train! I was all loved up (of course, can you really blame me) and was after a good romantic ‘new life’ kinda story to match my singing in the rain feelings. This is where I came across The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond. How perfect. A brief glance at the back gave me everything I needed to know, a story about three different woman in need of a fresh outlook on life.
Needless to say, it added to our relaxing weekend at the spa and I finished it by the end of the weekend.
Three different protagonists, Georgie, Rosa and Charlotte. Each with their own lonely secrets and all living in their own little bubble, unable to let go of the past.
Georgie’s partner Simon makes a career decision without Georgie’s consent and takes her away from her friends and family down to Brighton where their new home doesn’t quite live up to expectations. Her life is turned upside down with no job or friends to keep her occupied.
Rosa left her extravagantly paid high end career after a moment of desperation to get away from a heartbreaking split with her boyfriend, leaving her home, friends and lavish lifestyle, ended up in Brighton as a low end chef’s assistant with no way up.
Charlotte and her long term partner went separate ways after losing their newborn baby and not knowing how to handle their loss together. Charlotte tried for a fresh start in Brighton to escape from her grief which is slowing eating away at her life day by day as she isolates herself from the world around her.
I fell in love with these characters. Each story wraps around your heart and you need to keep reading to find out more about their experiences. Why doesn’t Simon think about Georgie, what happened with Rosa’s boyfriend enough to make her pack up her perfect life to get away that badly, and Charlotte, you know will always feel the loss of her child and you want to stay with her in hopes that she will find happiness again.
I have to say, my favourite character was definitely Margot. Her high spirited comforting personality makes you want to live life to the full and not care about what anyone else thinks. I believe she plays such a key role in the story, even when she isn’t there. She has a peaceful aura about her in the house that plays a small part in everyone’s story.
‘For all her talk of having rescued herself and creeping out from under the shadow, she would never forget quite how instrumental Margot had been as a catalyst for change. Margot, who’d questioned her so beadily, who’d listened to her, who’d made her feel human again, who’d reminded her that there were good things in life still to be enjoyed.’
As each character’s story merges together in the friendships they make within the house, they begin to find their own courage in each other’s company, to move on and get a fresh start. Georgie and her new job and realising what she wants out of life with Simon, Rosa and her passion for cooking and Charlotte for being brave enough to let herself open up to the grief of her child instead of hiding from it and discovering that she can love again.
Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city’s history, but it’s also a place of brand new beginnings.
Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city’s delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she’s sliding into all kinds of trouble . . .
Charlotte’s in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she’s suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.
A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it’s a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa’s passion for food could lead her to more interesting places?
As the three tenants find each other, it’s as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond.