I’m beyond thrilled to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for Deborah Moggach’s wonderful book The Carer, which is now available to buy in paperback. Thank you to Anne Cater and Tinder Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this absolute delight of a book.
About the book:
From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, a deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns:
James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss.
Then something extraordinary happens which throws everything into new relief, changing all the stories of their childhood – and the father – that they thought they knew so well…
About the author:
Deborah Moggach, OBE is an English novelist and an award-winning screenwriter. She has written nineteen novels, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, These Foolish Thing, Heartbreak Hotel and Something to Hide. She lives in London.
The Carer by acclaimed author Deborah Moggach is a book I’ve been meaning to read for some time now, so when I was invited to take part in the blog tour to celebrate its paperback release I jumped at the chance. And wow, it did not disappoint!
As someone who cares for someone full time myself (my daughter) the premise of this book drew me in from the very start. But it very soon became apparent that there was so much more to this story than at first appeared. There were twists and turns throughout, with the story veering off in a direction I never expected it to when I started it.
Part One is told through the eyes of Phoebe and Robert, the middle aged children of James who, at 85, now needs more care than they feel able to provide for him. So in steps Mandy their saviour from Solihull, who seems more than willing to take him off their hands. But Phoebe and Robert begin to sense something is amiss. Is there more to Mandy than they at first thought? And what, exactly, is this caring angel in Marigold gloves up to?
And then something happens that changes everything.
Part Two takes us back to the past when James was a younger man, with the third and final part bringing us forward to the present day as this delightfully poignant and often laugh out loud funny tale is brought to a close. The Carer is very much a character driven story, which is something Deborah Moggach excels at. It isn’t a fast paced book by any stretch of the imagination, but the story has a lovely ebb and flow to it that keeps you wanting to turn the pages, desperate to find out what’s going to happen next.
I don’t want to say much more for fear of spoiling the story, so all I will say is that I loved every word of it! The Carer is an absolute delight of a book, with larger than life characters who I couldn’t help but warm to in spite of their many flaws. Deborah Moggach’s writing is beautiful, making me laugh out loud one moment then moving me to tears the next. I knew I was going to love this book, but even I was taken by surprise with just how much the story and these characters resonated with me.
The Carer is a deliciously funny and moving read that I would highly recommend.
The Carer by Deborah Moggach is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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