Caitlin and Eva have something and nothing in common. They've both lost their husbands. While Eva is the poised, business-like widow of a celebrity actor, Caitlin is a free spirit who dropped out of university to have a child, and is seperated from Eva's brother, Patrick.
When Patrick volunteers Eva's pristine, designer house for fortnightly visits between Patrick and his children Joel and Nancy, Eva is forced out of her comfort zone of grief and into facing her future without Mick, her famous husband.
Nancy, only four, is carrying a secret. Unable to speak since the separation, Nancy thinks it was her wish that made her father go away...
All I Ever Wanted tells the story of how this family is broken apart, then brought together by a common goal: to get Nancy to speak again.
Lucy Dillon writes with an eye for physical detail and emotional nuance, she skillfully relates the feeling of a parent unable to help their child, the frustration of a couple unable to communicate and the pain of Eva's childllessness. She notes the personality traits that make us unique, and the ways in which we understand and misunderstand one another.
I was swept up in the often moving journey of her characters. A little gushy towards the end (I'm not normally a romance reader) this is a powerfully written book.
All I ever wanted
by Lucy Dillon
Published by Hachette New Zealand