Blurb; A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.
What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.
Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.
Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.
My Review; I took a chance to read this one not one I would have picked up myself but I am so glad I did get the chance to read it. Beneath it all is a beautiful story which I enjoyed. Or should I say a beautiful story with the unexpected dotted in between but with a fabulous ending? Better.
Beautifully written. It all starts when young Danek (Danny) gets seperated from Nikoleta on the London tube, every parents worse nightmare. However, Angie was aboard the tube and saw it all happen and vows to look after the boy until he can be reunited.
However, it isn’t as simple as that. Angie has always wanted a child or grandchild and this is where she decides she will borrow the boy for a while when things soon become apparant that something is wrong. The boy is scared to return and bruised. They do eventually become reunited but the bond between Danek (Danny) and Angie is one that cannot be broken.
The community spirit in Jaywick is one that isn’t seen much these days. They’re a family and they all work together despite their differences. I really enjoyed reading this. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.