Blog Tours are my favourite way to find new books. They excite you when you open up a new e-mail, and are met with a blurb that literally makes your hair stand on edge. I found this blurb to be just that and couldn't wait to sink my teeth into it.
My dearest daughter, This will be the last letter I write to you. I hope she will let you read this one. I hope she will let you ask questions and hear the story you need to hear. The story of you. And if she doesn’t I hope that one day you will get curious, wonder where you came from and come and find me.
Called to a lawyers office to be informed of an inheritance, Julia Simmonds, discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin. With temperamental seventies supermodel Philadelphia Simmonds as a mother, Julia is used to drama, but is completely unprepared for the way her life is about to irrevocably change.
Bruce not only left Julia his house, but as she discovers, her father wrote to her. One letter every year of her life, urging Julia to learn from his mistakes.
It is finally time for Julia to dig deep into her mysterious past and take control of her future, but as more secrets and lies are uncovered, she must find the courage to follow her dreams…
I found the blurb of this book to be heartwarming. It definitely captivated my attention, who is this mystery father that our main character never knew. Why did her mother keep her away? It threw up so many questions I knew I needed to read the book to find them. Then there is the cover. It's wonderful and also fills my mind with questions that need answers.
Julia, our main character, is having a really hard time of it all. She's in her early thirties, drifting through a relationship that's been static for nearly a decade, working a job she hates and renting a room from her friend. Not the upbeat start to story, but that all changes when she inherits a fortune from her newly deceased unknown father.
This story was beautifully told, and had moments of laughter, tears and heart-warming moments that every one could relate to. A story of family secrets that, in the end, taught everyone a lesson and allowed some of the characters to find themselves. It will definitely leave you wanting to take on your dreams.
About The Author:
Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk, prodigiously early. In 2013 she finally started making one up that was worth writing down.
She has a BA in Classics and an MA in English and has never really known what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a legal secretary, a yoga teacher and a paralegal. She never quite made it to law school.
She grew up in Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes