Ingrid Persaud: Love After Love

Blurb:

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love.

Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household. Happy in their differences, they build a home together. Home: the place keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world – until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart.

Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.

Review:

I really enjoyed Love After Love. It is written from the perspectives of the three central characters, Betty, Mr Chetan and Solo. This really helped me to see events from their point of view and take them to my heart. I felt able to emotionally connect to all of them and hoped that things would work out well for them.

Love After Love is set mostly in Trinidad and I loved the way that Persaud portrays the lifestyle and culture there as it added depth to the characters and their stories. The novel is written as the characters would speak and I found this allowed me to immerae myself in what was happening.

As you would expect from the title, Love After Love explores all different kinds of love, from the love of friends to the love in a marriage to the love between mother and son. This is incredibly powerful and I appreciated the opportunity to look at the different types of relationship in a new way. There are also several other themes in the novel, and these are explored in a very sensitive and thought provoking way.

The ending of Love After Love is so poignant and I am not ashamed to admit that I shed a little tear. This novel is one that will stay with me for some time to come.

Love After Love is available from Amazon.

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