Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Sam
What they say: Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And, although Connor, Lizzie’s sulky, surly teenage son, is now on his own tormented passage to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her. Only, things are never quite as black and white as they seem… A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled. And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband plus a new man in her life who quite simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made. Gritty but tender, thought provoking but light-hearted, dark but brilliantly funny, this is a story of contemporary family life in all its 21st century glory. A story of mothers and sons, of fathers and daughters, of brothers and sisters, and friends. A tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals, and coming of age. Nobody said it would be easy and as Lizzie knows only too well, life is never straightforward when you see all the colours in between.
What we say: “All the Colours in Between tells the story of Lizzie and family life. At almost 50, with her children growing up and leaving home, Lizzie hopes life will take on a gentler pace. However, with a daughter, step daughter, a teenage son, elderly parents, a bereaved friend and an ex husband, Lizzie finds life is becoming more complicated, and that’s before she addresses her own big secret! All the Colours in Between is a realistic look at blended family life in the 21st century and trying to juggle everyone’s problems and concerns while finding time for yourself. It was an enjoyable read, funny and lighthearted, but at times gritty and thought provoking, with some serious issues that can affect everyone as they get older.
Although a fairly long novel, it had a quick pace and kept my interest from the start. It follows on from Eva Jordan’s novel, 183 Times a Year, which I haven’t read but will now. However, you don’t need to have read the first book to become familiar with the characters and enjoy the story. The book ends on a cliff hanger, which, although slightly frustrating, makes me look forward to reading the next instalment of Lizzie’s life.”
All the Colours In Between is available from many good book stores and online from Amazon.