Review of ‘The House of Many Lives’ by L K Wilde

A warm-hearted contemporary novel with a wonderful sense of place. It’s not my usual kind of read but I liked the story and characters. It was interesting to read a book set in the town of Bodmin. I’ve never been there, but now I feel that I have!

The protagonist is 30-year-old Kate, who is left a house in her grandmother’s will. Leaving behind her dead-end job and awful ex-boyfriend in Bath, Kate moves to the Cornish town of Bodmin, rebuilding her life and her confidence as she renovates the house. She turns it into a guesthouse with the help of a new friend, her solicitor Bob. However, crises occur and she has to make some important choices.

The story is told with much empathy and humour. There aren’t any major twists as such and you know that everything will be resolved by the end, but it’s an enjoyable journey. I wasn’t quite sure about the occasional chapters where we follow the guests instead of Kate, as they were so fleeting that we didn’t get to know the characters. The text used American spellings of some words although the book is British, so I think that could be corrected. These are only minor issues, however. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants a lighter read or a novel set in Cornwall. It is a different kind of book to Queenie of Norwich – I do admire authors who can write more than one genre!

Independently published in 2022.

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