Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Between Today and Yesterday by Joanna Lambert

The village of Meridan Cross is in mourning. Laura Kendrick, owner of Little Court Manor, is dead. The family she leaves behind find themselves not only trying to come to terms with their loss but also deal with their own individual problems. Nick Kendrick is a bitter, resentful head teacher whose career ambitions have not been fulfilled and whose mental state is on a serious downward spiral. Jenny, his patient and understanding wife has become a target for his frustrations. His daughter Charlotte, a bright and clever pupil at his school, has also become a victim of his unpleasant mind games. Ella, Nick's sister, beautiful and successful, has a much-envied marriage to ex-rock star turned record producer Matt Benedict.

Matt is currently in Spain with partner Baz Young recording an album with Rosetti, their star act. Newspaper reports coming out of Marbella concerning Matt and one of his former protégés are giving Ella serious cause for concern. Baz Young and the band's front man Christian Rosetti are unhappy. They should be in New York but Matt switched the venue to Spain without any explanation. Could it be the fact that Marcie Maguire, a woman whose career Matt launched nearly twenty years ago is performing here? And if that is the reason, why? When Ella and Jenny find themselves flying out to Spain to help an old acquaintance, they join Matt, Baz and the band in their luxury villa in the hills above Marbella. Reunited with Matt, Ella now hopes she will be able to scotch the rumours and show the world her relationship with her husband is rock solid. But when Jenny receives an urgent call to return home to sort out Nick's deteriorating mental state, Ella finds herself alone and facing a woman who appears to be not only very firmly back in Matt's life but also hell bent on destroying their marriage.

I have thoroughly enjoyed Joanna Lamberts previous books, they were like pure comfort food. I loved that Between Today and Yesterday still has a lot of the original characters so it felt familiar but also this time around we have a new generation with Ella and Jenny’s daughters Charlotte and Lucy which has given this book a slightly more modern and fresh feel to it compared to the previous books.

I do feel that you need to have read the previous books before you read this one because there are such a vast amount of characters in Joanna Lambert’s books that it is quite easy to forget who is who but after reading all of the books I feel the characters are well developed and because we know their background they become easy to distinguish between.A with the previous books there isn’t one main storyline, there are many storylines that have all been woven together beautifully.

One of my favourite characters has always been Matt and I found at times during this book I was questioning what it was that I liked about him as some of his actions were very shocking.  Ella is a loving character and she has had a very hard time growing up as we have seen and although she has now matured it seems as though her luck in life hasn’t changed.

It was great to revisit all the characters of Meridan Cross again although I did miss the more traditional feel that was present in the old books as I always felt it was this that set this authors books aside from other books out there at the moment. Having said this I still couldn’t put this book down as the author manages creates many twists and turns and there is always some kind of drama present in each and every chapter. This is another fantastic read by Joanna Lambert. This is a great price on Kindle.

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1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for a great review Rea. As the creator of this parallel world, I always saw Matt as a good honest human being who tries to do the right thing by everyone. He was doing this in his support of Marcie, unaware of what she was really up to - and it nearly became his downfall! In my latest book The Other Side of Morning although he only has a minor role he's wised up a lot! Once again thank you for such a great review.