Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Still Me, After You, Me Before You, The Horse Dancer, Paris for One and Other Stories, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.
Loosely based on the story of her own grandparents, Sheltering Rain is the impressive debut of U.K. author Jojo Moyes. Joy and her husband, edward, meet during coronation festivities in Hong Kong in 1953. Forty years later, they are living on a ramshackle Irish estate, where edward’s health is rapidly declining. Their spunky granddaughter Sabine arrives and is at first miserable in the grim surroundings. Weeks later, she is followed by her flighty mother, Kate, from whom Joy has been estranged for years. There are plenty of fireworks among the three and the strong supporting cast as old secrets come to the surface in this absorbing family drama. National advertising.
Tempestuous mother-daughter relationships, with their psychologically rich undertones of repressed jealousy, transparent contempt, and perceived disapproval, form the crux of Moyes’ accomplished debut novel. Set in a remote Irish village, and mining the popular “my mother never understood me” genre with a potent and provocative tale of three generations of Ballantyne women, Moyes’ tale reveals with empathic sensitivity the heavy emotional baggage burdening each woman. There’s Sabine, a headstrong, petulant, and typically resentful teenager, perpetually at odds with her mother, Kate, a thirtysomething woman whose self-image is measured by a string of disastrous love affairs, and who is troubled by an equally strained relationship with her own mother, Joy, the matriarch whose rigid reserve safeguards painful personal and family secrets. Comparisons to Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher will be inevitable and not altogether undeserved, and in style and substance Moyes is a worthy addition to their ranks. Fluidly paced and cast with engaging characters, Moyes’ book offers escapist entertainment in the best tradition of those masters of British Isles domestic fiction. Carol Haggas
“…a tremendously gifted storyteller…” (Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife)
“This is a remarkable first novel, rich and deep and full of wonderfully realized characters. Oh, these women!” (Anne Rivers Siddons)
“Accomplished debut…in style and substance Moyes is a worthy addition to [Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy’s] ranks….Fluidly paced and cast with engaging characters.” (Booklist)
“I enjoyed Sheltering Rain very much.” (Rosamunde Pilcher)
“A delicious read.” (Library Journal)
“[Moyes’s] thoughtful tone and light touch make this a delightful read.” (Publishers Weekly)