Thursday, 23 April 2015

A Good Catch - Fern Britton

"Even happy families have their secrets…
Greer Clovelly seems to have it all, beautiful, chic and slender, she’s used to getting her own way. Greer has been in love with Jesse Behenna since her first day at school and she’s determined that one day, they’ll be married. After all, a marriage between them would join together two dynasties of Cornish fishing families to make one prosperous one.
For her friend, Loveday Carter – plump, freckled and unpretentious – living in the shadow of her friend has become a way of life. She loves Jesse too, but knows that what Greer wants, she usually gets.
Jesse, caught in the middle, faces an agonising choice. Should he follow his heart or bow to his father’s wishes? And what about his best friend Mickey, who worships the ground that Loveday walks on?
Jesse’s decision will touch them all in ways that they could never foresee, and as the dark clouds start to gather the four friends find themselves weathering a storm – one that has the power to sink them all…"

This was the first Fern Britton novel I had read, and I found it quite enjoyable. Focussing on the lives of two Cornish fishing families, from school through to their present lives as adults, the characters in this novel made me laugh and cry throughout. I disliked Greer immensely, she is cold, demanding and manipulative, but at the same time I couldn't help feeling sorry for her, as she appears to have it all but that isn't necessarily the case. I loved Loveday and Mickey - two fantastic characters that stole my heart from when they first appeared in the story. 
I thought I knew the direction that the plot was going to take from the prologue, but it turned out to be completely different - one that I hadn't even imagined. A lovely, heart-breaking story of family and friendship, I definitely recommend A Good Catch.

A Good Catch is out now and you can get it here:

**Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy**

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