“Letters from the only man she’s ever loved.
A keepsake of the father she never knew.
Or just a beautiful glass vase that catches the light, even on a grey day.
If you had the chance to make a fresh start, what would you keep from your old life? What would you give away?
Gina Bellamy is starting again, after a difficult few years she’d rather forget. But the belongings she’s treasured for so long just don’t seem to fit who she is now.
So Gina makes a resolution. She’ll keep just a hundred special items – the rest can go.
But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring . ..”
This is my first experience of Lucy Dillon and I was therefore delighted to have been accepted for a copy via Netgalley! Thank you!
A Hundred Pieces of Me gets * * * stars from me.
The premise of the book intrigued me and immediately had me thinking about my own possessions and what’s important.
The story tells of Gina, finding herself starting over as a single woman in a new, small & empty white flat – a stark comparison to the beautiful home she shared with her cheating husband. Sadly, her belongings from the house are just too great to squeeze into her flat, so Gina decides to only take 100 items into her new life.
The tale unfolds and captures it’s reader with flashbacks from Gina’s past and how it is shaping her future. Lucy Dillon’s descriptive prose is such that I felt the hurt within the walls of the empty flat that was just waiting to be made a home. We find out that Gina has had a lot to cope with of late and it was wonderful to read on and find her strength and ability to move forward with such focus and positivity.
I loved the addition of Buzz the dog – a fuzzy friend will always warm the soul and fill a room with love! A well written, lovely read where we learn that if we let go of the past, we can live without regret in the present.
Overall, the concept was fantastic and did make me think about my own luxuries in life and their actual importance. It just sadly wasn’t quite the page turner I’d been anticipating.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria, worked for a while in publishing in London, and now lives in Herefordshire with her two basset hounds, near the Welsh border. She has written five novels for Hodder & Stoughton, all set in the fictional Midlands town of Longhampton, which looks a bit like Hereford, although the inhabitants tend to sound rather more Northern than that.
Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria, and while at school, wrote a play about Mary, Queen of Scots, which apparently only had two major historical inaccuracies, and edited the school magazine, all of which set her up for her first job after university, in publishing. Working for a fiction editor taught her some invaluable lessons about how books are written, then re-written, and then re-re-written, as well as how satisfying is it to watch a pile of pages magically turn into a novel you can hold in a bookshop and read in the bath.
A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME is Lucy’s fifth novel. None of the characters are based on her family, although the dogs might recognise themselves a bit.
Lucy won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts.
You can follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.
You can buy A Hundred Pieces of Me here