About the author (as seen in the book)
At home in Surry, Juliet Ashton writes all day in her small study while her two dogs stare at her. The rest of her house, which is full of music and books and comfy places to sit, she shares with her thirteen-year-old daughter and her husband, who’s a composer (hence the music). She believes whole heartedly in the power of books to improve lives, increase understanding and while away happy hours.
Publication date: 20th April 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: Paperback 978-1-4711-5889-6
Pages: 432 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Reading format: Paperback
Copy provided by: I won this book in a giveaway.
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Welcome to number 24, a Georgian villa in West London that is home to five separate families and five very different lives.
Up in the eaves, Sarah finds that recovering from a nasty divorce is even more heart-breaking when your ex-husband live one floor beneath you with his new wife. Their happiness floats up through the floorboards, taunting her. A child psychologist, Sarah has picked up great sadness from the little girl, Una, who lives with her careworn mother three floors below, but is emotionally equipped to reach out?
Spring brings a new couple to number 24. Jane and Tom’s zest for life revives the flagging house, and Sarah can’t deny the instant attraction to handsome Tom. Having seen at first hand what infidelity does to people, She’ll never act on it… but the air fizzes with potential.
The sunshine doesn’t reach every corner of number 24, however. Elderly Mavis, tucked away in the basement, has kept the world at bay for decades. She’s about to find out that she can’t hide forever.
When I was looking at my to read pile to choose my next read this front cover jumped out at me, as well as the blurb on the back. I like the way that the book holder is given a view down the street of the Georgian houses. They all have brightly coloured doors and fronts of the buildings with railings at the front of some. There are street lamps along the pavement, and as your eye’s gets to the end of the street you see Number 24 the blue painted front. This I felt is so inviting and really draws you in.
The Women at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton is a story that is based around the residence of a Georgian house in the city of London. Sarah who is a child psychologist; who has gone through a messy divorce, however getting over such a thing is not easy when he lives on the floor below her with his new wife. Sarah is also having another issue to deal with and that is that she feels bogged down and incredibly drained at work. She with seeing so much heartache at work day in day out it’s getting to her, making her question her work and whether she makes any difference in the children’s life’s that she works with. And decides to take a break. Sarah also has the added pressure of doing up and selling the flat, with which she now resides and loves. As that is the plan which has been agreed with her ex- husband, but will she be able to do it? Will she feel she can keep in her job? How will she cope with her ex-husband and his new wife residing in her old home down stares below her? Can she find her own bit of happiness?
Mavis resides in the basement of Number 24 with her cockatoo. She is grumpy and a reclusive, trying to keep herself to her self. But will the residence of Number 24 let her? And why is she this way? Next door to her lives single mum Lisa with her daughter Una. Lisa is struggling with working part-time as a carer for the elderly, and trying to deal with Una being mute. Lisa reaches out to Sarah; knowing what her line of work is to help Una. Will Una talk to Sarah? Will Sarah feel she can help?
As soon as Tom and Jane move in to the ground floor and they seem to ejected a bit more life to Number 24. The residence including Sarah assume that Tom and Jane are in a relationship… but are they. Tom has a hand in helping Una using the back garden; which seems to also bring out the other occupants of the flats. Are Tom and Jane in a relationship?
I really enjoyed all the residence of Number 24, they were all individual and had their own story to tell. This in my eye’s is what compelled me to read on and the book glued to my hands! (Maybe I’m nosey!!!!!) Juliet’s description of the house was absolutely beautiful which gave me a very clear vision in my mind which I devoured the story!
I felt that I learnt a bit reading this book; about child psychologist. I totally take my hats off to them because it must be hard to see so many children struggling one way or another and knowing your limited with what you can do to help them. They do an amazing job with what they have! I enjoyed the story as a whole and can highly recommend it, it going to be one of my favourites this one!!!!!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
The Woman At Number 24 by Juliet Ashton
5 Sparkly Stars