The Hourglass – Tracy Rees

It’s been a while since I read anything that wasn’t to do with law, government or shorthand so I was so happy to stumble upon this book one day.

The Hourglass follows Nora as she goes through a difficult period in life from breaking up with her boyfriend to quitting her job and switches to the narrative of young Chloe spending her summers in Tenby.

The split between Chloe and Nora is set in London/Tenby, Wales and it is truly one of the best books I have read in such a long time.

Halfway through the book you’ll figure out the crux of the story, but that didn’t make me want to stop reading – if anything I was drawn further in and didn’t want it to end.

When Chloe is in Tenby with her best friend Llew, the way that Rees writes about childhood naivety and innocence made me so happy. The way the pair is so content to spend days having a simple picnic or looking for coins was so perfectly written. It made me want to go to the beach and do all the things they did but without the outlook of a 20-something year old.

Nora’s story was more relatable, as she is older and going through things in life that many people do. But her decision to go to Tenby changes her life and while the story ended well I wanted more. I want to know what happens next – I guess that is the beauty of a good book.

I recommend this to anyone looking for the perfect summer read or just a bit of escapism! One of my top 5 of 2017 so far…


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