29 Aug In Bloom by Eva Verde
Three generations of women help each other to flourish
I was very excited to be invited on to the blogtour for this story. I’d heard a lot of buzz about it from the publishers and fellow bloggers, and it sounded like my kind of book.
How right I was! Brilliant characters, a solid plot and plenty food for thought in the issues that it addresses makes In Bloom a book that you can’t put down.
Grandmother Moon, daughter Delphine and granddaughter Rochelle are all living in London, and in various states of estrangement.
Moon and Delphine’s relationship fractured when Delphine, a young mother grieving for her soulmate Sol, met and moved in with Itsy, whom Moon can’t stand.
Rochelle can’t stand him either, and has moved out of her mother’s house to live with Moon.
With all three women back in contact again, their stories are told as their relationship is examined against a background of everyday life in London, where Moon lives off benefits, Delph works at B&Q and Rochelle dares to dream about university.
All three women who have to battle to find their own voice and independence against a background of impoverishment and controlling menfolk.
A vivd and rich picture of life
This was a moving and very authentic story, with all three women’s stories dovetailing neatly into each other, as they explore their own, often fraught relationship with each other and with the outside world.
They are very different women, but each has an inner strength, though Delphine sometimes struggles to find hers against the coercive controlling behaviour of Itsy.
The narrative, told from their different viewpoints, builds up a vivid and rich picture of their lives, past and present, and has us hoping and praying that each will find a brighter future, and forge on together with a better understanding of each other’s frailties and strength.
You can’t choose a favourite between the women – Moon is so gloriously, independently herself, Rochelle so feisty, and Delphine so sweet and vulnerable.
Their story is told with empathy and humour, and though it never falters in its exploration of issues like abuse, racism, and coercive control, it offers hope and joy to the reader.
A superb read.
In Bloom by Eva Verde is published by Simon & Schuster in hardback and ebook
About the Author
Eva Verde is a writer from East London. Identity, class and female rage are recurring themes throughout her work. Her debut novel Lives Like Mine, is published by Simon and Schuster.
Eva lives in Essex with her husband, children and dog.
Thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on this blogtour and to Simon & Schuster for the advance copy of the book via Netgalley.
Catch up with the rest of the blogtour at the links on the poster
More Intergenerational Stories