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A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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He is visiting his gay father, Elliot in California, a man he has seen little of since his parents acrimonious split. Elizabeth’s loneliness is ever present though never overplayed, and her difficult ties with her extended family oscillate between frustration, anger, regret and resignation. You will be surprised at many points, and you will carry on reading because you want to know what happened as much as Elizabeth does.

The morning after arriving at her mother's home, she discovers letters from an Edward Foley hidden in the armoire; could this be her father? There was a creepy ‘Rebecca’ feel to Patricia’s sections, the isolated house perched alongside a ruined castle on the wild coast – Ireland, not Cornwall, but still – a strange man, a crazed old woman, and secrets galore!

Graham Norton has fast become my go-to author when I’m in need of a guaranteed good read or a reading reset. Known for his quick wit Graham began hosting a variety of talent shows on BBC One from Strictly Dance Fever and Andrew Lloyd Webber's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Elizabeth is left reeling as she delves in her mother's life, her unsettling romance with her father, Edward Foley, a farmer living in a remote area by the sea.

Final de ilginçti böyle bir son düşünmemiştim aslında yazarın başarısı da bu ; okuyucuya fırsat vermiyor ne olabileceği hakkında düşünmesine.As she clears out her mother’s personal effects, she discovers a bundle of letters that appear to be from the father she has never known. As a second narrative beginning in 1973 opens with the death of thirty-two-year-old Patricia’s mother releasing her from a lifetime of caring it follows her foray into the world of romance and sees her visit Edward and his mother at their farm in West Cork. It is here that the story gets a firmer foothole and we, as readers, will come to see what Graham Norton has in mind for us. I had a couple of “eye roll” moments with this book, and I noticed several detail oversights, but this was an excellent read for me. The sense of Patricia’s isolation as a single parent in 1970s rural Ireland is sensitively handled, while in both the present and past sections, the politics of small-town communities are captured with insight and precision.

The side characters - I could have done with more information on the family feud with Elizabeth, her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Of course, she is not there for guidance so she turns to her divorced husband to step in and be a father, something he has done little of before this. Most of the book is Elizabeth remembering how her mother raised her and either finding fault with it and or missing her at the same time. He then secured a prime time slot on Channel 4 with his chat shows So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton.

It's a sad and lovely book, brimful of tenderness and compassion, where the revelations of the past upturn the perceptions of the present. While I certainly understood Elizabeth's quest for information, I felt she was a fairly impulsive character.

Stumbling across a small wooden box of letters penned to her mother in the early Seventies in response to a lonely hearts advert by the man she has been told is her father it provides her first opportunity to learn more about Edward Foley.We know from the first page (the chapter known as "Before") that a POV character is in great distress after some type of turbulent event in which an official vehicle has arrived. I'd have given up after the third chapter, but - having read some excellent reviews here on Goodreads - I felt sure the story would pick up towards the end.

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