The Carriage House opening line: From the time that his daughters could lift their rackets, William had loved nothing more than to watch them play tennis.
The book is about the Adair family and two would be lovers. William who asked Adelia to marry him ends up marrying Margeaux and they have three children. Adelia never grows up and at 50 holds on to the same childhood hopes echoed by Isabelle, the youngest of William’s 3 children. Just like Adelia Diana turns down a proposal and then lives her life in limbo waiting for Arthur to ask again. Elizabeth is the adult, a divorced mother of 2 whose children hold out the only possibility of William see his dream of success on a tennis court live on.
I read this book in a matter of days. It is light reading and very well written. As a first novel I can add Louisa Hall onto my list of writers to look out for.
First published in the United States of America by Scribner 2013
ISBN number 978-0-670-92204-8
Hard cover – 281 pages
Disclaimer: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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