Reviewed on 30th June 2020

6 Caledon Street by D. Wells

Genre: Contemporary / Fiction / Historical Fiction / Time Slip/Time Travel
6 Caledon Street by D. Wells Synopsis

In an attempt to escape her painful past Sarah Miller moves into a beautifully restored Edwardian property in Caledon Street. Soon her life intermingles with not only her concert pianist neighbour, and her landlord, but also upon the discovery of some dusty journals written by an original occupant of the house. Recognising parallels in her life and the young teenage girl’s among the crisp pages of the journal, Sarah is faced with the choice to overcome her past, or allow it to hinder her future. Izzy, Sarah’s best friend, is expecting her second child and unsure what her place in society really is. The challenges of being a mother and the pressure to have a thriving career, leave Izzy struggling to understand her purpose in life.Tessa, a blast from Sarah’s past, is also dealing with her own loss and grief. Their shared pain only highlights that neither woman has truly moved on and both are faced with difficult decisions.

6 Caledon Street by D. Wells Review

A Charming Story about Love, Loss, Hope and Friendship

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. The blurb read a little tame for my normal reading tastes, but after a traumatic few months with the Covid-19 pandemic, I was really in the mood for a feel-good book. Luckily for me, this little gem was sat waiting on my bookshelf!
6 Caledon Street, by D.Wells (originally published under D. van de Merwe) is a fabulous book filled with love, loss, heartbreak, and hope. A story about a beautifully tragic young widow, Sarah Miller, who leaves her old life behind to try and find new hope.
Despite Sarah being a captivating character all on her own, the cast that joins her is just as dynamic. Her best friend Izzy, is a pregnant mother of one, who seems utterly lost in the day to day normality of life but desperate to break out and find a new adventure.
Sarah’s sister in law Tessa shows up just to add some more grief into the mix, but Sarah doesn’t really have time for it, her mind is occupied by the box she found in the attic and a story about the mysterious Eleanor who lived way back in Edwardian times.
Now, although Historical Fiction is not a genre I normally find myself perusing, I really enjoyed these sections of the book. The dual timeline suited the storyline and added depth to the world Wells had created on the page. You can tell much historical research was carried out, and the characters still felt relatable.
I wasn’t wrong about my initial reaction to the book, it certainly is an easy read, but not in a ‘fluff’ kind of way. It’s written in such a calm and relaxed manner, that you find yourself turning the pages quicker than drinking your coffee. Before you know it, your day is gone and you have devoured the whole book.
In a world that feels so full of anger, pain, and hate right now, it is refreshing to read a dual timeline novel that just transports you to another world that leaves you feeling fulfilled and happy come the final page. The characters are well-drawn and the writing is beautiful.
A solid four stars and I very much look forward to reading more from this author.
ISBN: 978-109052-608-3

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