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Book Review: Here and Now By Santa Montefiore

Blurb: Faced with losing everything, all that matters is Here and Now . . .

Marigold has spent her life taking care of those around her, juggling family life with the running of the local shop, and being an all-round leader in her quiet yet welcoming community. When she finds herself forgetting things, everyone quickly puts it down to her age. But something about Marigold isn’t quite right, and it’s becoming harder for people to ignore.

As Marigold’s condition worsens, for the first time in their lives her family must find ways to care for the woman who has always cared for them. Desperate to show their support, the local community come together to celebrate Marigold, and to show her that losing your memories doesn’t matter, when there are people who will remember them for you . . .

Review: Wow! This was my first Santa Montefiore read and what a way to start. This was also one of the books that was showcased at the Spring Blogger event just before lockdown. I had a bit of a chat with Santa and after hearing her read I was eager to read this one and I’m so glad that this was my introduction to her writing. My first buddy read of the month and I would definitely say one of my favourites this year even if it left me with a heavy heart and a headache from crying.

A gorgeously atmospheric novel that focuses on a heart wrenching subject – with family and the hear and now at the heart of it. The descriptions of the greenery and of the birds was heartwarming and comforting. It’s apt that we’re experiencing the weird times we are at the moment and in reading this it’s made me think more about the now rather than worrying of the future and fretting over what cannot be changed.

Marigold is a formidable and truly loveable character who thinks of everyone else before herself. A completely selfless woman who has lived her life being there for her friends, family and fellow community members. Running the local shop she really is the heart of the community. When life starts feeling foggy it changes so much for her and her nearest and dearest.

I loved the sense of community spirit and how small things seem so insignificant when faced with real sadness. I truly loved how Santa showed how each family member was affected. We all handle grief and pain differently.

I truly adored Dennis his love got Marigold was paramount from start to finish he never ever doubted his love for her even when the going got tough. Suze was a mixed bag for me and I loved seeing her character change. Daisy was another of my favourites I could see her life changing in front of my eyes before it changed on the page. She’s a force to be reckoned with a lot like her Mum. Nan has to get a mention – she’s from a different time and she’s the most stubborn woman ever but you can see why.

There are elements of love but essentially this is a tale about the love of family. Deep down no matter how much they hurt us family will always prevail.

A truly gorgeous story that will sadden, enlighten and having you living in the now and loving those who mean the most just a little more.

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