Love Shines Through
Coming Home To Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey is the most delightful contemporary tale about love, loss and new beginnings.
Loss can hit hard. “I’d wanted her back so, so much.” The pain of loss radiates outwards. The deeper we love, the harder the loss. Guilt often runs hand in hand with loss. “Why hadn’t I come down here more?” Regrets and guilt need to be put aside in favour of warm memories.
Within the novel the house is not just a house but a home. “The walls… were infused with all the happy memories and laughter and love.” It is as though the house takes on the personality of its owner.
The freedom that is found in Wishington Bay contrasts with the stifling city of London. Wishington Bay is a place where hearts can heal and personality’s blossom. The small community welcomes strangers as friends. Lives can be restored. Furniture is upcycled and given a new lease of life. This can be seen as a motif for broken people being brought back to life.
There is a wonderful dachshund called Bryan. Pets really make a house into a home. They are also good de-stressors. The way people treat pets says a lot about the state of their hearts.
The novel is written in the first person. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with the main character. She is lovable and likable. Her interactions with the other characters are a delight to witness. The dialogue is amusing, fun and light hearted.
I adored Coming Home To Wishington Bay. It was a delightful warm read that wrapped itself around my heart. It was simply perfect.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.