Genre: Contemporary fiction, Whodunnit.
Release Date: 1st December 2015
Sally must deal with the grief of losing her father, a man she knew very little about. After the funeral she takes time out to be alone and reflect on her life.
To find out the truth about him, she first has to make amends with her estranged mother and half-sisters, who she hasn’t spoken to for almost twenty years.
In the meantime, Mr Leriche from Interpol opens a fascinating old case file, about a stolen painting potentially worth millions. Before long Sally finds herself in the middle of a criminal investigation. Having discovered she is the sole beneficiary to her father’s estate, she must decide whether to develop the business or walk away.
Reflections is an emotional journey.
The final sentence of the synopsis above says it all. This story is an emotional roller coaster of a ride. A single death brings about so many changes in a family’s life. Sally the central character, raised by her aunt Kitty finds herself facing the fact that her childhood perceptions about what happened to her might not have been correct after all. This book is about family relationships, of trying to make sense of the past in order to move forward into the future. Making peace with her mother and sisters hasn’t been easy for Sally but it is pivotal to her finding out more about her father. And in the middle of all this we are caught up in a mystery concerning a stolen painting.
I felt sorry for Sally; a woman who doesn’t seem to have had much happiness in her life. Her father’s death brings even more trouble for her, opening up old wounds and sending her to places she’d rather not be. In the middle of much soul searching comes the criminal investigation regarding the stolen painting. All in all, Sally seems to have landed in something of a maelstrom but the biggest challenge is yet to come…what to do with the legacy her father has left her. If you enjoy family drama wrapped up with a mystery then this is a book I can recommend.
I would like to thank Brook Cottage Books for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT ELEANOR SMYTHE
Eleanor Smythe was born in the east end of London but struggles to call it home as she moved away in her teens, and continued to live in various parts of the UK. After raising four sons, she went on to obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy. Although she took the opportunity to work in various medical settings, her greatest passion was working with clients within the community, where she claims real life takes place.
Now retired and living primarily in Portugal Eleanor has more time to pursue her love of writing. Always intrigued by the way in which individuals cope with life’s challenges and how they overcome the twists and turns of life, her stories embrace inner emotional turmoil that her characters might feel. They are brought to life by showing humour, tragedy, conflict, betrayal and emotions that many of us face daily.
Her debut book, The Other Side of Town continues to receive positive reviews while her second book, Reflections, was recently released.
Eleanor and her husband’s love of travel has led to the recent acquisition of ‘Dolly the Camper Van’. Dolly will enable them to pursue their individual hobbies of fishing and writing in new and exciting environments. Eleanor will be blogging about their adventures as well as inviting others to share their own.
For a chance to win a £25 Amazon gift voucher (or equivalent) simply click on the link below and register your details…
a Rafflecopter giveaway