We are introduced to multiple characters throughout the book and Diamond weaves a tale that is at times funny, touching and sad as their lives come together.
If you are looking for a book with a bit more meat on its bones than standard chick lit fare, The House of New Beginnings is the story for you.
This is an absorbing story with some delightful characters across a spectrum of all ages and a sprinkling of romance with some pleasing ‘ahhhhhhh’ moments.
Uplifting and touching in equal measures, Diamond takes her readers on a delightful journey through the charming seaside setting of Brighton.
It all begins at number eleven – a regency terrace with sash windows and a winding staircase on Brighton’s seafront.
The house is old – part of Brighton’s charming history, but for its eclectic group of tenants, it’s a place of new beginnings.
The story follows the lives very different women – Georgie who has recently moved to Brighton from oop north for love, following her childhood sweetheart down south for his new job.
Charlotte has suffered a recent traumatic heartbreak and is looking to keep her head down and carve out a fresh path. Margot is a delightfully stylish old lady living upstairs who takes Charlotte under her wing and tries to reintroduce her to the joys of living.
A relationship breakdown has seen Rosa flee her previous London life for work as a sous chef in Brighton. The work is hard and unrewarding but she is determined to have a career in food.
As the story progresses, the character’s lives become intertwined as they support each other through a rollercoaster of surprises at number eleven.
I enjoyed experiencing this story through the points of views of different characters. When a story is told in this way, it can be a wrench to leave one character for a brand new one at the start of a fresh chapter.
Thankfully, I quickly found myself caught up in the lives of all these different women and Diamond told the story seamlessly moving from one character to the next.
I loved the inclusion of Rosa’s supper clubs – it was a charming way for the character to indulge her passion for cooking while bringing all the neighbours together for gossip and laughter. This was also a clever way for Diamond to gather all the characters around a table once in a while and join the dots with their stories.
The ‘heroines’ of this book are all extremely likeable, each with a totally different personality, back story and dream for their new life in Brighton.
The fourth character in this novel is the house and I loved the delightful seaside descriptions and how all the action centred around number eleven.
The diversity of multiple characters in this book makes it a really interesting read with different layers to peel back as we get to know them all.
This was a really fat book which I loved as it meant it took me longer than two hours to gobble it down (being an extremely fast reader can be a blessing and a curse – generally I just never want a good book to end, so the longer it takes to plough through the better!)
The story flowed really nicely and it was easy to get swept up in the character’s pasts – and their new lives. It was really enjoyable when the character’s lives begin to intertwine as by that point we are fully drawn into their lives, personalities, hopes and dreams.
A sometimes emotional, and frequently uplifting book exploring themes of love, loss and starting over.
“There it was. An imposing black front door, three storeys, that gorgeous curving bow window at ground level – the sort of elegant old house, in short, where you could imagine Victorian ladies emerging, long petticoats rustling on the white-painted steps.” Lucy Diamond – The House of New Beginnings
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