Bestselling author Kathryn Hughes’ latest offering, Her Latest Promise, follows one woman’s quest to discover what happened to the mother who disappeared 40 years ago. Moving between England and Spain, it is set in dual timelines, a very popular literary device at the moment, and is told from multiple viewpoints.

In the late 1970s, teenager Tara and her single mother, Violet, are a tightly fused family unit, even if life is often a huge challenge for them. When they find themselves homeless, they are taken in by Alf, a lonely, elderly man, and things finally seem to be on the rise, especially when singer Violet is invited to perform at The Amethyst Lounge. It’s here that she meets Larry Valentine. During a trip to Spain with Larry, which Tara was also meant to go on, Violet goes missing.

Decades later, in 2018, Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor. Intrigued, she goes to see him and is given a key to a safe deposit box. The contents lead her to embark on a heart-rending journey, her hope that she might finally uncover what happened to her mother all that time ago.

Her Last Promise is an engaging novel, with a host of attractive characters, whom we quickly come to care about, and locations and a time frame that are well realised.

The perfect holiday read.


Her Last Promise | Kathryn Hughes | Paperback | £7.99 | Headline Review | 22 August 2019 | other editions available

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Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Anne Cater, as always, and to the publisher for sending a book proof and jacket image. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved.


Also of interest:Cynthia Jefferies rollicking great adventure‘; ‘Juan Villaro’s The Wild Book‘; ‘By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’;‘Yvonne Battle-Fenton’s Rememembered‘; ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘; ‘We should all be feminists‘; The not-so-invisible woman: 150 greats in their own words’;Permission by Saskia Vogel‘; ‘Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, Dialogue’s brilliant debut; ‘RW Kwon’s The Incendiaries’; ‘Beauty in translation – Roxanne Bouchard’s French Canadian noir‘; ‘How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original “Penguin Ten”‘; Dorothy L. Sayer’s Busman’s Holiday – Romek Marber for Penguin Crime (book covers we love).

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