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Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings. Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a c Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings. Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city's delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble . . . Charlotte's in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she's suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds. A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it's a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa's passion for food could lead her to more interesting places? As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond.


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Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings. Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a c Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings. Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city's delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble . . . Charlotte's in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she's suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds. A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it's a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa's passion for food could lead her to more interesting places? As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond.

30 review for The House of New Beginnings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    One seafront house at Brighton is home to several tenants. Rosa is starting over training to be a chef after being in the advertising game, until her love life fell apart and she needed to get out and start afresh. Georgie, having followed her boyfriend Simon to Brighton, is trying to carve out a new career for herself in journalism. That produces more than its share of adventures and laughs, as well as problems. Charlotte is still not over the death of her baby daughter Kate and her subsequent One seafront house at Brighton is home to several tenants. Rosa is starting over training to be a chef after being in the advertising game, until her love life fell apart and she needed to get out and start afresh. Georgie, having followed her boyfriend Simon to Brighton, is trying to carve out a new career for herself in journalism. That produces more than its share of adventures and laughs, as well as problems. Charlotte is still not over the death of her baby daughter Kate and her subsequent marriage break up. Then there is Margot, the elderly and glamorous French woman, who has a profound influence on Charlotte as well as others in the building. Add to this Jo who is a single parent with a teenage daughter Bea and you have an interesting cast of characters, each trying to sort out their own different issues. This is a story about love and the friendship and support women can provide for each other. At times some of the incidents are over the top, especially the speed dating scene. But, all in all it is a good read, a story of loss and new beginnings as well as changes of direction for some. This is the second book I have read by this author and I much preferred this to The Secrets of Happiness. It made me chuckle at times, shake my head at others and shed a tear or two. In other words, I was fully engaged with these characters. A good fun read for when you just want something lighter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    I have been eagerly awaiting this book for a long time now. I have had it preordered for months now. I love Lucy Diamonds books. I have only awarded this book three stars because at the start I found it a little hard to get into and it didn't grab my attention like her other books have. That said thou in the end I really liked this book and found it funny and warming. The book follows the troubles of three woman Rosa, Georgia and Charlotte. All of them have had very troubled pasts and each of th I have been eagerly awaiting this book for a long time now. I have had it preordered for months now. I love Lucy Diamonds books. I have only awarded this book three stars because at the start I found it a little hard to get into and it didn't grab my attention like her other books have. That said thou in the end I really liked this book and found it funny and warming. The book follows the troubles of three woman Rosa, Georgia and Charlotte. All of them have had very troubled pasts and each of them are looking for a fresh new beginning. They also share the same address no 11 Dukes Street. Rosa has been badly hurt by a man she trusted and her reaction was to run away from it all. Her life, her job, her family, her friends, her house and her partner. But is running away going to solve all her problems? Rosa was once a revered PA consultant now she is working in a kitchen working all hours god sends her. The chef is a bully and it is clear that she is much better than the lowly paid job she has stumbled into. Charlotte was an honest person who my heart went out to. There is nothing like having your heart broken in the shattering way hers was. I really loved to see her blossoming and coming out of her shell. I really rooted for her and wanted the best for her. Georgie is the youngest of the three women. And she has left her old life behind, her friends and her family. Sold their lovely home and moved to Brighton to be with her boyfriend who quite frankly doesn't care if she is there or not. I really didn't like him. Georgie thinks that she needs Simon in her life because her whole life revolves around him. But she really doesn't need him at all as she is such a strong and independent woman. Even if she doesn't see it herself. The women obviously meet and help, encourage and root for each other. In order the sort out their problems and to help them get the lives that they deserve. This is a very sweet uplifting book. Happy reading everyone

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    Song for summary: Never Too Late by Hedley I absolutely adored this book! The characters are sweet, troubled, and unique; while the plot is an emotional and touching story about new friendships, love, and starting over. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I will be sure to keep a look out for this author!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vanya Says So

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ever go for a walk and look at the lit up windows of the houses you walk past and wonder who lives there and what does their life look like? Well, I don’t know what it says about me but, I imagine the lives and problems of the inhabitants of each home I walk past on my walks. So it was only fitting to read and review The House Of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond when it was offered to me. In this story we follow the the lives of three women, all living at Number 11, Dukes Square. There is Charlo Ever go for a walk and look at the lit up windows of the houses you walk past and wonder who lives there and what does their life look like? Well, I don’t know what it says about me but, I imagine the lives and problems of the inhabitants of each home I walk past on my walks. So it was only fitting to read and review The House Of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond when it was offered to me. In this story we follow the the lives of three women, all living at Number 11, Dukes Square. There is Charlotte who is a lonely recluse, hiding from the world following a devastating loss in her past. She has moved to Brighton in the hope of a new start away from her terrible memories of the past Then there is Georgie who has moved to the city following her childhood sweethearts promotion to manage a big account as a lead architect and further his career. And finally there is Rosa who has run away from London in an attempt to escape a bad relationship and try to follow her dreams of becoming a sous chef. So I’m just going to jump into this and say that I didn’t love the book. There were several things that really bothered me with this story and as much as I tried to get into it and identify with the characters I just couldn’t. This book had such potential to address personal growth, self empowerment and girl power, but to me it fell short of driving a message or making any impact. I felt the story was simply just vanilla. Each girl’s life revolved around an issue relating to a man and the only person who carried any hope of empowerment was the oldest neighbour in the apartment block. I had such high hopes that she would leave us with a meaningful message of “love your self, you're worth it” but half way through the book she revealed that she followed her lover to come and live in the UK leaving her children behind in France. I hated Georgie because her whole world revolved around Simon, her boyfriend. She questioned every move she made in life with what would Simon say or think and whether he’d approve her decision. Even when she shows initiative, taking a leap out of her comfort zone to get a great job, writing for a local publication, she is forever tying to either involve Simon in it or is scared to tell him about it. Meanwhile Simon only cares about him self and how he looks and what he wants. He continuously shows that Georgie’s wishes, ,needs, plans and dreams don’t matter. Then she finally gets an opportunity to stand her ground and do something for her self, but instead she plays the victim card again, and is left picking up the pieces after Simon leaves her. Instead of being enraged and angry, Georgie spends her time crying over him. At fist I was angry for her and then I was angry with her!! Stand up for your self girl! Let him crawl back and IF you still want him (because let’s face it he ain’t gonna change) reset the rules of engagement to even out the playing field. I will save you a rant as to why I disliked each individual character, but I was disappointed to see that each of them needed a man in their life to make them happy. None of the girls found them self, in the end they only found the man that make them feel complete…. or was that for our benefit? Instead I would have preferred to have read how each character had truly faced her demons, had learned something from them and had chosen the life path of fulfilment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Agi

    Oh yes, guys, it was a high time for a new Lucy Diamond's book - I've been already experiencing Ms Diamond withdrawal symptoms, to be honest, missing her warm and inviting writing style and gorgeous stories about strong women. When I've seen the title of the new book - "The House of New Beginnings" - I really didn't have to read the synopsis to know that it's going to be a gorgeous novel about taking chances and starting afresh. And guys, this cover...! THIS COVER...! Better let's not start on t Oh yes, guys, it was a high time for a new Lucy Diamond's book - I've been already experiencing Ms Diamond withdrawal symptoms, to be honest, missing her warm and inviting writing style and gorgeous stories about strong women. When I've seen the title of the new book - "The House of New Beginnings" - I really didn't have to read the synopsis to know that it's going to be a gorgeous novel about taking chances and starting afresh. And guys, this cover...! THIS COVER...! Better let's not start on this beautiful, sparkly, eye - catching cover... When starting a book by Lucy Diamond I know it is going to introduce me to some lovely, strong female characters. The author's incredible strength lies in writing about people that easily could be our friends, neighbours, family. This time we have three main characters - Rosa, working in a hotel's kitchen, chopping onions and avoiding flying knives, Charlotte whose marriage didn't get through a tragedy and Georgia, following her boyfriend who's just got a new job in Brighton. Of course, there is so much to the girls than meet the eye! They had some very complicated pasts and they all want to start afresh - even Georgia, who sees the move to Brighton as a chance to start a new career. What the girls have in common right now is their new address - they live in the same house, Number 11 Dukes Square, but soon they all are going to cross each other's paths... As always, the characters are incredibly well written. Lucy Diamond has this gift to create warm, realistic, not over - exaggerated characters, people that we root for and we can so easily relate to, as we could easily find ourselves in similar situations. This is what makes Lucy's writing so exceptional, I think, that she writes about normal, everyday things but makes it in a special way and she doesn't overweigh the readers with only sadness but wonderfully compensates the most tender and serious moments with happy and funny ones. I can't say that I had a favourite character in this novel because I loved them all, from the very beginning. Their stories were so different, but they had something in common as well - they were all looking for happiness, for finding their way even when it seems that all the odds are against you. Rosa has been badly hurt by a man she's trusted and her reaction was to run away, so she left her job, house, friends and moved to Brighton, and instead in the glamorous world of PR she is working in the hotel's kitchen - training to be a chef, as she herself ironically states. It was clear that she is wasting her time in this kitchen, with the bully chef, guys, and my heart went to her. I couldn't watch how she was flagellating herself because of this what's happened in the past, she deserved so much more, she had so much to offer! Charlotte's story was heart - breaking and you really wanted to make things better for her. There is nothing worse than have your heart broken in a way Charlotte had and her sadness was so understandable. She was so honest and so believable in all her feelings and things she's been doing, so realistic with her uncertainty and shyness and I loved to see her blossoming, coming out of her shell and finally not forgetting but accepting. Georgie was the youngest of the three women and her biggest problem was leaving her best mates for few months when following her boyfriend Simon to the lovely Brighton. She didn't have such problems like Rosa and Charlotte although she was very talented in complicating her own life. She was lovely, full of great sense of humour girl, although I wanted to roll my eyes at her sometimes and mostly I wanted to tell her, hey girl, you are great, you don't need to hang on Simon so much. And yet all the women, that have already hit the lowest point of their lives, were still dreaming and hoping of something better. And, what's more important, with each other's help, or with help of other great women, they eventually plucked up the courage - and it was beautiful to see how, throughout the story, they were - yes, they had so many downs on their ways - but they always picked themselves up and looked forward. It may all sound too pompous or serious, guys, but of course it isn't - Lucy Diamond delivers (again!) a down - to - earth, light - hearted and uplifting story. Even the background characters, that come and go - and even the ones that are not so significant, like Paul (oh my word! How much I laughed!) - they add so much to this story, and the book wouldn't be the same without them. They also bring some twists and turns and that made the reading so hooking and so interesting and really, some of the surprises that were their doing were so unexpected. They were all very true to life and the author brought them so effortlessly to life - just like the setting, the house itself and all the events that happened when all the three women were living at Dukes Square. Lucy Diamond's descriptions are colourful and vivid but she doesn't need to write thousand words to describe a thing, she just finds the best words and ways to describe them in a way that has us glued to the pages. There was not a flat moment in this story, guys, and it was a real rollercoaster ride of feelings and emotions with a great dose of brilliant humour - Lucy Diamond at her best! Truly, "The House of New Beginnings" is a brilliant read about new beginnings (sic!), friendship, dealing with grief and betrayal, finding your own feet - full of uplifting messages and hope. And the dishes that Rosa creates, oh my word, guys...! They sounded so, so delicious! I wouldn't hesitate to become a regular at her diner! I found myself really engrossed in the book and the different storylines and the characters that - at the beginning - didn't know each other, were working together perfectly and I kept my fingers crossed for them all. The story is not rushed, but it has a lovely pace to it that allows you to enjoy all the small and big things in the characters' lives. And having created such brilliant characters the author doesn't have to push on fireworks, an extravagant plot but this what she writes about is lovely and down to earth and I often found myself nodding my head with agreement at the characters' way of resolving their problems. Another winner from one of my favourite authors and I can't recommend it highly enough! Make sure you have it on your wish - list! Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Bestselling author, Lucy Diamond, is back with yet another cracking novel. Just when you think her novels cannot get any better, she manages to raise the bar even higher for herself and write another heart-warming read. We wouldn't be human if we didn't lust after a new start at some point in our lives, right? A change of scenery, fresh new faces, a brand new routine and seeing your old life without your rose-tinted glas All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Bestselling author, Lucy Diamond, is back with yet another cracking novel. Just when you think her novels cannot get any better, she manages to raise the bar even higher for herself and write another heart-warming read. We wouldn't be human if we didn't lust after a new start at some point in our lives, right? A change of scenery, fresh new faces, a brand new routine and seeing your old life without your rose-tinted glasses. We have all been there, and no doubt whilst you're reading this, a lot more human beans are deciding to do just that; create a fresh start or a 'new beginning' if you will. Maybe a complete house full of new beginnings? I wonder... Lucy Diamond's latest novel follows three main characters in particular; Rosa, Georgie and Charlotte. Each lady has their own individual story to tell along with various skeletons in their closets as baggage. Each lady has their own reason as to why a fresh start was needed and, thanks to Number 11, Dukes Square, new life stories will be created. How long their chapters are though, remains to be seen. Receiving this novel felt as though all my Christmases had come at once (thank you Panmacmillan!)! You know when you have admired an author from afar for years, never in a million years thinking that you would get a chance to talk to that very author, or that you would have a proof copy of their new novel pop through your door, so you jump up and down and stroke the book? Yeahhhhhh, that was me. Not long after I had picked up Lucy D's novel, I found myself entranced by every word in front of me. The storyline flowed beautifully and didn't require too much brainpower to sail through it. The message throughout the novel is one that I feel will resonate with A LOT of readers as I am sure several of them would have been in that position once or twice. I know I have been. Despite that, Lucy Diamond told the story of three ladies life turbulence with such ease and poignancy, that the deep and secretive moments didn't overshadow the true meaning of the story. As I said above, the novel didn't require over thinking or the need to play detective when it came to characters pasts. Yes, the entire storyline kept me hooked and curious about the overall outcome, but it wasn't forced. Every single line, every single chapter, every single emotion had a purpose within the storyline. Ah-ha! It's a relaxing sort of read! You know, the type of book that you want to snuggle up with, cuppa on a coaster and chocolate on your lap and just lose yourself in....magic. 'The House of New Beginnings' is just THAT. I'm frustrated with myself for not being able to get that out sooner, I do seem to go round the houses a tad, I do apologise! 'The House of New Beginnings' is a cosy, poignant and emotional read that may end up becoming your 'go to' book for 2017. Full of warm, hilarious moments that are guaranteed to make you smile (as well as shedding a tear), Lucy Diamond's new novel is most definitely one to watch this year. Effortlessly brilliant; another fantastic read from the genius that is Lucy Diamond.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    In a large, elegant yet imposing Victorian house in the seaside town of Brighton, England, several women live in hiding: hiding from the pain of the past, from people, from life, from the truth of their lives. Recent arrivals, it is months before they even meet the people living in the other flats. Yet when they do, they rediscover much that they had lost: purpose, laughter, confidence, a sense of belonging. Georgie has followed her partner, architect Simon, to Brighton to avoid a six-month separ In a large, elegant yet imposing Victorian house in the seaside town of Brighton, England, several women live in hiding: hiding from the pain of the past, from people, from life, from the truth of their lives. Recent arrivals, it is months before they even meet the people living in the other flats. Yet when they do, they rediscover much that they had lost: purpose, laughter, confidence, a sense of belonging. Georgie has followed her partner, architect Simon, to Brighton to avoid a six-month separation - not that he was super interested in her decision, either way. But having quit her librarian job and rented out their house to a couple of teachers, she's here in Brighton with high hopes and plenty of enthusiasm. With no job and a tense, stressed boyfriend dealing with protesters to the new hotel development, and a sense of impending strife, Georgie embarks on a new career: freelance writer. She wouldn't have been able to predict that this would put her in direct conflict with Simon, especially when she's sent to interview the protesters and comes to take their side. Across the hall, Charlotte lives alone, hiding from everything and everyone. Having lost her baby, Kate, a week after her birth, Charlotte has made little attempt to do anything but indulge in her grief. Her ex-husband has moved on, but after being accused of trying to snatch another woman's baby, Charlotte transferred to the Brighton office of her legal firm, where everyone is much too friendly and involved than she'd like. When the company decides that its employees will take part in a community outreach program, connecting to the elderly, Charlotte has an idea that will help her stay within her comfort zone: having met the elderly Frenchwoman who lives in the attic flat, she feels sure Margot will sign up for it. She doesn't reckon, though, on Margot's force of nature. On the ground floor lives Rosa, who left her London job and all her friends behind to escape to Brighton when she discovered the truth about her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend, Max. She's turned instead to her personal love of cooking and, having taken an intensive six-month course, is now working as sous chef at the local hotel. Work, home, work again: her life has taken on a simple, unfulfilling routine that is shaken when her neighbour, Jo, is suddenly taken to hospital with appendicitis and she has to take care of Jo's teenage daughter, Beatrice. These Brighton months will change these women's lives forever, as old relationships are mended and new ones forged. The House of New Beginnings is a well-written exploration of the grief and pain experienced by these women, which takes many forms and with diverse causes. Each of the main characters - Georgie, Rosa and Charlotte - are captured with a subtle shift in narrative voice, or tone: from Georgie's youthful yet inexperienced spunkiness to Rosa's mature, capable level-headedness to Charlotte's withdrawn, isolating timidity. Chapters alternate between the different storylines, connecting and overlapping at different points, and while sometimes the sense of time became a bit too vague, the pace is swift and smooth and the story engaging. Usually, I come away from a book like this with a favourite character, but there are such lovable qualities to all three women - and Margot, the dying Frenchwoman with her 'harem' of handsome young studs across town - that I could not possibly pick one. It is light on the romance front - The House of New Beginnings is about individuals forging new relationships and dealing with painful memories and difficult situations, as a kind of mature coming-of-age story - but there is love in each woman's happily-ever-after. While I didn't find it a particularly thought-provoking novel, nor one that offered any new or fresh perspectives on these themes, the gentle, empathetic way Diamond handles each of her female characters helped make them endearing, believable and sympathetic. It touches very lightly on a social justice issue, relating to women's rights, and on gender roles - not enough to satisfy this reader, but enough to give it an edge. It is, primarily, a story of overcoming loss and developing an inner strength, and in that sense it is a very successful one. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A new Lucy Diamond book – how long have I waited for this? Too long!! It was nice to finally be back in the comfort of one of her books! In the House of New Beginnings we meet several women who are all hiding from something whether it be love, bereavement and lies. The house is located a stone’s throw away from the beach in Brighton. Each women has a flat at number 11 Duke’s Square. Rosa is a kitchen assistant in a hotel. This wasn’t what she used to do, and it isn’t what she wants to do now but A new Lucy Diamond book – how long have I waited for this? Too long!! It was nice to finally be back in the comfort of one of her books! In the House of New Beginnings we meet several women who are all hiding from something whether it be love, bereavement and lies. The house is located a stone’s throw away from the beach in Brighton. Each women has a flat at number 11 Duke’s Square. Rosa is a kitchen assistant in a hotel. This wasn’t what she used to do, and it isn’t what she wants to do now but Rosa is hiding away from the lies of her ex-boyfriend. When she found out that he was married with a wife and kids Rosa moved to Brighton to be by herself. Her only passion now is cooking. Georgie lives with Simon. They are both originally from Yorkshire, but Georgie has followed architect Simon down to Brighton after he was awarded a big contract to build a hotel. She didn’t really want to go, but she followed her heart. She’s bored in Brighton, with nothing to do and no one she knows. She manages to get a job writing articles for a local paper where she becomes the paper’s agony aunt. Charlotte has moved to Brighton from Reading. Her marriage has broken up after a devastating loss. The only way Charlotte feels she can cope is to be somewhere new and keep herself busy so that she isn’t reminded of her loss and sadness. Add to the mixture Jo and her daughter Bea and Margot, the elderly French lady who lives in the top floor flat. None of the women know each other but sadness brings them all together. I was hooked on this story from page one. You get caught initially with Georgie’s story and think that the book is perhaps more light hearted than it is. Everything Georgie does has an amusing undertone to it, but as the story moves on you realise that whilst amusing, Georgie always gets things wrong despite trying to do the right thing. Rosa’s story is sad, stuck in a kitchen being shouted at by the head chef. She cooks at home to take away the sadness of being lied to and her potential is obviously being ignored. Charlotte’s story is the most heart-breaking. Trying the best to cope following the death of her child, Charlotte keeps herself busy with a job she doesn’t like and a very strict and thorough household chore rota. I love the way none of them know each other, but as the book goes on they all help each other despite dealing with their own personal tragedies which never go away. As the story goes on, they all start to build confidence and strength helped by their relationships with each other. As normal with a Lucy Diamond book, it’s a lovely heart-warming, sometimes sad, read that you just can’t help but love. It wasn’t just the story for me that reeled me in, but the setting also. The description of Number 11 Duke’s Square, how close it was to the sea, sitting in café’s, a walk on the pier or on the beach in the sun sounded absolutely heavenly. I’m also from Reading, so was lovely to have it mentioned in a book that I’ve read!! A fabulous read! I don’t think I will ever tire of reading a Lucy Diamond book! Five stars!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Absorbing, beguiling, and incredibly touching! This is a heartwarming story that reminds us to always live life to the fullest and never be afraid to try something new. The prose is effortless. The plot is a wonderful blend of heart, humour and hope. And the characterization is spot on with a wonderful cast of characters, including some strong, determined, courageous women who learn through compassion and friendship to let go of the past and embrace the future. This is, ultimately, a story about dr Absorbing, beguiling, and incredibly touching! This is a heartwarming story that reminds us to always live life to the fullest and never be afraid to try something new. The prose is effortless. The plot is a wonderful blend of heart, humour and hope. And the characterization is spot on with a wonderful cast of characters, including some strong, determined, courageous women who learn through compassion and friendship to let go of the past and embrace the future. This is, ultimately, a story about dreams, heartbreak, goals, loss, love and finding one's true self and I absolutely adored it. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and in the end it left me smiling. Thank you to NetGalley, especially Publishers Group Canada, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews can be found on my blog at http://whatsbetterthanbooks.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    I love Lucy Diamonds books and this one didn't disappoint. It tells the stories of 3 different women who for one reason or another all find themselves living in different flats in a big old house near the beach in Brighton. Their stories are believable and sometimes very sad. Other residents are brought into the story. A fantastic cast of characters and a lovely book. I love Lucy Diamonds books and this one didn't disappoint. It tells the stories of 3 different women who for one reason or another all find themselves living in different flats in a big old house near the beach in Brighton. Their stories are believable and sometimes very sad. Other residents are brought into the story. A fantastic cast of characters and a lovely book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Bailey

    You know with Lucy Diamond you will get a light, easy going read & I’ve enjoyed this one. Not my favourite of hers but still really enjoyable without being TOO cheesy. Of course everything gets wrapped up a little too neatly at the end & it’s all a little predictable but definitely an easy book to chill out with.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny L

    Nothing to dislike, just very average. Individual women move into house of rented flats, lives in turmoil, meet each other, lives sorted. Nuff said.....!

  13. 4 out of 5

    victoria_tonks

    4.5 stars The book tells a story (or rather stories) of three women - Charlotte, Georgie and Rosa, who come to Brighton as a result of life-changing and often traumatic events in their respective lives, and rent their flats in the same building. Their stories are told separately up to a certain point and then, around the middle of the book, they start to become interwoven, step by step. I read it almost in one sitting (or rather listened to the audiobook narrated by Avita Jay), so it was a real p 4.5 stars The book tells a story (or rather stories) of three women - Charlotte, Georgie and Rosa, who come to Brighton as a result of life-changing and often traumatic events in their respective lives, and rent their flats in the same building. Their stories are told separately up to a certain point and then, around the middle of the book, they start to become interwoven, step by step. I read it almost in one sitting (or rather listened to the audiobook narrated by Avita Jay), so it was a real page turner for me. An uplifting read, and with an obligatory happy ending (which was one of the reasons I had chosen it), but what made me truly connect with the characters and the plot was the fact that the book was well written, heartfelt and and not shying away from things such as sadness and grief. Each of the women had to forge a new path for herself, and they all did so in a way I personally found credible. The book made me cry a few times, and overall left me me with a warm feeling in my heart. I particularly enjoyed Margot Faberge - who wouldn't?, and found the resolution of Georgie's plot particularly satisfying, especially since I was not sure until the very end how the things would go, which was nice. I have read a few Lucy Diamond books so far, but this one is the best, I think. I might even re-read it in the future. And now I really want to visit Brighton. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    This was a good book I really enjoyed it and had great characters and good story line. Lucy diamond never lets you down with her books can everyone find their way in life and start again. Well worth reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    A delightfully light hearted read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Raitt

    Well this was just a lovely read. Happiness in a book. Tales of heartache turned into a happy ending. Gorgeous book, will happily read Lucy Diamond again.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Naaz

    Review to follow

  18. 5 out of 5

    Niamh

    Lucy Diamond is one my many guilty pleasures- I love the way her books are written and there is always something light about them that makes my heart squeeze happily. The novel follows three women who live in the apartments of a grand house in Brighton and their trials and tribulations as they navigate love and life in the city. Though obviously, I do have some issues with the fact that one point of view revolves around keeping a man, there are some wonderful characters in this novel. It's not r Lucy Diamond is one my many guilty pleasures- I love the way her books are written and there is always something light about them that makes my heart squeeze happily. The novel follows three women who live in the apartments of a grand house in Brighton and their trials and tribulations as they navigate love and life in the city. Though obviously, I do have some issues with the fact that one point of view revolves around keeping a man, there are some wonderful characters in this novel. It's not really something that requires you to think too much, but something you can take with you to the beach or somewhere sunny and just soak up. Definitely for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)

    A beautiful and uplifting story about friendship, starting over, and second chances.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    The House of New Beginnings is set in Brighton and 11, Dukes Square is the place that three women have come to make their own new beginnings. The house, with its seafront views and ferocious house manager has been converted into flats and Georgie, Charlotte and Rosa are the newest residents. Three very different women with their own issues and complicated lives, but who are brought together by their new address. The reader is invited along on their journey, and what a fabulous and heart warming t The House of New Beginnings is set in Brighton and 11, Dukes Square is the place that three women have come to make their own new beginnings. The house, with its seafront views and ferocious house manager has been converted into flats and Georgie, Charlotte and Rosa are the newest residents. Three very different women with their own issues and complicated lives, but who are brought together by their new address. The reader is invited along on their journey, and what a fabulous and heart warming trip it is. The three female lead characters are so very well crafted, each of them have their own personalities, their own strengths and their own honesty, and they complement each other perfectly. In addition to Georgie, Charlotte and Rosa, the author has produced a stellar cast of supporting characters too. I was especially fond of Margot, the elderly French lady who lives on the top floor of the house. Lucy Diamond has tackled some deep and emotive issues within The House of New Beginnings, and she does this brilliantly well. The characters experience sadness, grief, disappointment and anger, and this clever author skilfully weaves those more sombre moments in with the blossoming friendships, romances and new beginnings to create a really delicious and delightful story. Once again, Lucy Diamond has completely bowled me over. I adored The House of New Beginnings, it’s a gorgeous and powerful read about relationships, independence, trust and dreams that can come true http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This story took a long time to get into. I've tried a number of times over the last year or so and this time was determined to persevere. Persevere I did and thankfully have finished it. I actually quite like the simplicity and easy listening (on audible), as a change from my usual reading choices. Got to know the characters eventually and got into the story but it was very meandering and overly long. It felt like it needed to pick up a bit of pace, get some oomph behind it. The three main charac This story took a long time to get into. I've tried a number of times over the last year or so and this time was determined to persevere. Persevere I did and thankfully have finished it. I actually quite like the simplicity and easy listening (on audible), as a change from my usual reading choices. Got to know the characters eventually and got into the story but it was very meandering and overly long. It felt like it needed to pick up a bit of pace, get some oomph behind it. The three main characters were reasonably interesting, their back stories made sense and I liked finding out how they each ended up moving to Brighton and ending up in the same house. Some of the story I enjoyed and felt engaged with, some I just tolerated but that was okay as it could play in the background and didn't have to concentrate much. Some parts are cringe worthy though. As virtually every review on audible has pointed out, the narrator had a pleasant voice when reading the story but wow, she does some dreadful attempts at accents and voices. Not only that, she really goes for broke to act the dialogue, which typically means dim sounding, apparently Yorkshire accents or teeth grating attempts at French accent, or, perhaps the worst, really going for it at being a 5 year old girl. The screeching voices of Northern women on a night out together has stuck with me in particular. I am from the North and I am a woman, yet I recognise nothing about that scenario, the awful way the characters behaved or the utterly bizarre accents they were all given. For that I blame the author and the narrator, equally terrible. So overall a mixed bag for me. In it's favour I actually finished it. I'm not sure it was worth it as the end was uninspiring and it felt like the story could have just carried on and on in the same wandering style. There were some enjoyable parts to the storyline, read pleasantly. This is balanced out with some awful accents and over acting. I suppose the narrator is enthusiastic and tries hard to liven up a story that lacks a real sense of direction and depth... I'd give 2 5 stars overall, story and narration,. as it's only okay even at it's best points.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As chick lit goes it's good quality chick lit (I should say, I read a lot of books because they're easy and escapism but I have a cynical/ critical take on them!). The style is classic: introduce a character at a time, then tell the story of them getting to know each other. The women in this are sometimes strong and independent, but it's this genre, so of course falling in love (usually with a man) or rescuing a broken relationship for happy ever after is the key theme. Despite being set in Brig As chick lit goes it's good quality chick lit (I should say, I read a lot of books because they're easy and escapism but I have a cynical/ critical take on them!). The style is classic: introduce a character at a time, then tell the story of them getting to know each other. The women in this are sometimes strong and independent, but it's this genre, so of course falling in love (usually with a man) or rescuing a broken relationship for happy ever after is the key theme. Despite being set in Brighton, there is seemingly only one LGBT character (not a main character either and so their sexuality is barely mentioned other than that it broke up her marriage and dented her ex's masculinity). It's also too long, and of course reasonably predictable once you get to know everyone. But like I say, as this genre goes, this is not bad quality writing and storytelling to some extent.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Symonds

    I am a big fan of Lucy Diamond's books and they always seem to put a smile on my face. I love the fact it was set in Brighton as I go there quite alot and there are parts in the book where I know like the lanes. I got really wrapped up with all the residents of the flats lives and kind of felt as though I was one of them too. One of the things with Lucy Diamond's books are I can always find someone I can relate too and I found this with this book too. A book you just wont want to put down. I am a big fan of Lucy Diamond's books and they always seem to put a smile on my face. I love the fact it was set in Brighton as I go there quite alot and there are parts in the book where I know like the lanes. I got really wrapped up with all the residents of the flats lives and kind of felt as though I was one of them too. One of the things with Lucy Diamond's books are I can always find someone I can relate too and I found this with this book too. A book you just wont want to put down.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Loved everything about this book Such a quick read from start to finish, couldn’t wait to pick it up and continue with the story. Love how Lucy structured the novel letting the reader find out a little more about each character before merging them all together as they get to know each other. The story is written beautifully - would definitely recommend. First time reading one of her books, can’t wait to read another one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    This was a bit difficult to get into but once I sorted out the characters it was enjoyable.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abs

    This was a great easy read, just the type of cheery story I needed during these difficult times!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elin

    3.5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    great book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn (foxonbooks)

    Sweet, heartfelt and with lots of feel-good endings, Lucy Diamond's books are my favourite type of contemporary fiction 😊 Sweet, heartfelt and with lots of feel-good endings, Lucy Diamond's books are my favourite type of contemporary fiction 😊

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Simson

    4.5 stars! I read this as part of a book swap with my mum. She read The Selection and I read this. I really enjoyed this book, it’s all about new starts and new beginnings and the characters were all really compelling narrators with interesting stories.

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