The Broken road
by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Ollie’s life is in crisis. Estranged from his father when he refuses to take over the family hotel, his artistic career is floundering, and his marriage is under strain. His wife, Jess, blames him, but is she as innocent as she appears?
Louise, Ollie’s sister, takes on the hotel in his absence, testing her emotional fragility to the limit. She knows her father considers her to be second best, and her husband is hostile to her new role.
As the action moves between London, Plymouth and Venice, the family implodes under the weight of past betrayals, leading to a nail-biting, fast-paced climax.
In another emotionally compelling novel from the award-winning Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, the complex ties that both bind us to family and drive us apart are laid bare. Can Ollie heal the fault-lines before it’s too late? Above all, can he salvage his relationship with his young daughter, Flo, before tragedy strikes?
This book is the story of a dysfunctional family. At the heart is the family hotel in Plymouth, which is the life-blood of Oliver and Louise’s father. He desperately wants his son Oliver to take over the hotel, but Oliver has no inclination towards hotel management. He is an artist and despite not having much success at the moment, it is what he loves.
Louise, Oliver’s sister, however, would dearly love to take over the hotel, and is far better suited to it. If her father could just see it she is more like him than Oliver will ever be. But their father has a traditional mindset, and his son must inherit.
Both Oliver and Louise have more troubles than just their father and the hotel, as both their personal lives are intermingled and in crisis, thanks to an incident that occurred a few years earlier.
The characters of Oliver and Louise are very well done. Both have suffered heartbreak and have come through. but both still have people in their lives who let them down, whether that be partners or parents or both.
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn shows what a mess families can be. However they look from the outside there is more often than not inner turmoil that can be overwhelming.
This is a good story with the characters’ crises tumbling one after the other. Once or twice it was a little predictable and I had to suspend my disbelief, but I didn’t mind doing that as the story more than kept me engaged and I always wanted to know what was going to happen.
The book is set between London, Plymouth and Venice and the author gives a really strong sense of place. I especially loved the feel of Venice, one of my favourite places.
A good read that I would recommend.