After reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and The Distance Between Us I have been desperate to read another Maggie O’Farrell book…and I definitely wasn’t disappointed in The hand that first held mine!
Feeling claustrophobic in the countryside…Lexie Sinclair escapes to London after meeting the suave, mysterious Innes Kent…a magazine editor who (reluctantly at first…) introduces her to the bohemian world of post-war Soho. She becomes incredibly independent, learns to be a reporter and learns a lot about art. Suddenly, she finds herself pregnant and decides to have the baby on her own…
Running parallel to the Lexie storyline is the story of a young painter called Elina who is nervously shuffling through the first few weeks of motherhood, while her boyfriend Ted keeps having flashbacks to memories that he cannot understand. As the stories develop, jumping back and forth in true O’Farrell style…a connection between the three characters is revealed, making this yet another wonderful book by the author.
This is a truly gorgeous book! I loved the descriptions of Soho, the tender, heart-breaking narratives, the characters…I found myself simultaneously inspired by Lexie’s character and by O’Farrell herself! Lexie for her independence, courage and stubbornness…and O’Farrell for writing yet another fantastic book, which has made me believe that I may be a published writer one day…as long as I’m persistent and passionate about it.
A wonderful book – read it! You won’t be disappointed!