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Whitewalls – book review

This is a tantalising first novel from Christine Richard. Politician, journalist, racing horse owner and patron of the arts, Christine follows the adage write about what you know. Thus, Whitewalls is a family saga set in the Borders and Edinburgh, where four generations of the Douglas family are making their way through life.

Christine’s ability to cut through the privileges of the upper class and portray the heart and soul of her characters as ‘ordinary’ people, reminds us that no one is immune from love and lust, car accidents and cancer. The selfishness of some contrasts with the selflessness of others and Rosie, the current matriarch, finds herself pulled between worrying about her elderly mother and her flighty daughter, while taking care of her husband and preparing for a Garden Open day.

Meanwhile her own future is in jeopardy as her ex husband plots to reclaim the family home. The plot is full of conflicts right from the start, and it is quite amazing how much is packed into the 6 months which the story covers. Who survives unhurt? Probably nobody, as life will never be the same again for any of the Douglas family.

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