The Women of Primrose Square - Claudia Carroll

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Official Blurb:

When Frank Woods at number seventy-nine Primrose Square comes home to a surprise birthday party thrown by his wife and adoring children, it is his guests who get the real surprise.
Finding himself alone, he befriends the cantankerous Miss Hardcastle, who hasn't left her home for decades, and Emily Dunne - fresh out of rehab and desperate to make amends.
As gossip spreads through Primrose Square, every relationship is tested, and nothing in this close-knit community will ever be the same again . . .

My Thoughts:

The end of the first chapter had me still gasping a couple of hours later! This book goes for the big punch straight away and makes you want to keep reading.
This is the second book in the Primrose Square series, following the residents of a leafy Dublin suburb. This time we are following Frank who has been keeping a secret for as long as he can remember and it is going to be exposed in the most public fashion. We also meet Violet Hardcastle, an elderly lady who sees the bad in everyone and everything. However, she has a tragic past that has made her the way she is. We also see Emily again; we first met her at the rehab centre in the first book. This time, though, she gets a starring role, but can she hack the pressure?
When I saw the title of the book ‘the women’ and read the blurb, I was a little perplexed as Frank is mentioned; however, it all begins to make sense the more you read.
I loved Violet’s backstory. I could have read an entire book about her and what had happened to her. It was beyond tragic. It was hard to believe her past was set in the 60s as it seemed more like the Victorian era. The way she spoke and the actions of those around her were so antiquated and didn’t sit well with the love harmony that you think of being the 60s. This is intentional, though. It was very well done.
Frank’s story was very hard to get my head around. I thought the author navigated what could have been potentially a million minefields very well and certainly opened my eyes to the struggles of people in similar circumstances to Frank.
It was great for there to be cameos from the ‘cast’ we had met in the first book. We got to see Jayne again, who is such a heart-warming character!
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read that covered a range of issues and topics. I really hope that this isn’t the end of Primrose Square and we get to go back soon to meet some of the other crazy characters that must be living behind those doors!

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The Women of Primrose Square
by Claudia Carroll
Date Started
10th July 2019
Date Finished
11th July 2019
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