The Garnett Girls by Georgina Moore
Release date: 16 February 2023
Back cover blurb: When Richard walked out, Margo locked herself away, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha, to run wild. Years later, charismatic Margo entertains lovers and friends in her cottage on the Isle of Wight, refusing to ever speak of Richard and her painful past. But her silence is keeping each of the Garnett girls from finding true happiness. Rachel is desperate to return to London, but is held hostage by responsibility for Sandcove, their beloved but crumbling family home. Dreamy Imogen feels the pressure to marry her kind, considerate fiancé, even when life is taking an unexpected turn. And wild, passionate Sasha, trapped between her fractured family and controlling husband, is weighed down by a secret that could shake the family to its core… The Garnett Girls, the captivating debut from Georgina Moore, asks whether children can ever be free of the mistakes of their parents.
The Garnett Girls is Georgina Moore's debut novel, and what a debut it is!
On the beautiful Isle of Wight, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha are the grown up daughters of the popular, charismatic Margo. Collectively known as 'the Garnett Girls', each of them are facing their own struggles. Casualties of the fallout when their alcoholic Father walked out on them, and their Mother had a breakdown.
Each daughter feels differently about that time, and each has a slightly different relationship with their Mother as a result. Margo could be viewed as controlling by some. But everything she does comes from a place of love.
Rachel, the eldest daughter is a successful lawyer and wants to move to London, away from the family home Sandcove, but her husband wants to stay, he prefers the quieter life on the Isle.
Imogen, the dreamy middle sister is the most sensitive, an up and coming playwright she is swept along on a wave of success, and gets engaged to a man she knows isn't really right for her. But she has no idea what is waiting around the corner.
Sasha, the youngest sister is married to a controlling man and doesn't know how to escape. Hers is perhaps the most damaged relationship with Margo, and she is harbouring a huge secret. One that could tear the family apart for ever.
Margo is a woman forever damaged by the broken relationship with her ex. Richard was the only man that she ever truly loved. She is the charismatic life and soul of the party, but she is vulnerable and tortured. She is a brilliantly flawed, complex character, and really is the heart of the story.
I finished this novel quicker than I expected. I really wanted to savour it, but it is just so brilliantly and beautifully written that I couldn't put it down.
I really can't recommend the Garnett Girls enough and I look forward to hearing more from this author (hopefully!!)
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