All I Ever Wanted
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All I Ever Wanted

Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. Nancy's mum and dad split up. Her father Patrick moves away from their Bristol home to Newcastle. And Nancy stops talking.
Eva is forty-four, nearly forty-five. She didn't expect to be the third wife of a much-loved household name, but eight years ago, she and semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. Eva knew marrying a much older man meant compromises, but it was the love of a lifetime for them both - until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone with his gossipy diaries, their two pugs, and a distressing voice in the back of her mind, wondering if perhaps she's sacrificed more than she meant to.
While Nancy's parents negotiate their separation, the question of weekend contact is solved when Patrick volunteers his sister Eva's house. It's in Longhampton, an hour out of Bristol, with plenty of room for her to get to know a niece and nephew she's barely met - even if Nancy continues to refuse to speak. Patrick is sure it's just a phase but his soon-to-be-ex-wife is worried that something more traumatic lies at the heart of their daughter's selective mutism.
Meanwhile, Eva begins to read through Mickey's diaries, and with every page she's forced to confront a view of her marriage that turns everything she believed about her late husband, her self - and her own heart - on its head. The fortnightly presence of two children in her peaceful, grown-up home - one constantly singing and performing, the other wordless and sad - initially drives Eva and the two pugs, Bumble and Bee, to exhaustion, but as spring turns into summer, a trust slowly begins to form between an anxious little girl with a heartbreaking secret, and a woman who has realised too late that what her soul yearns for is the love of a child.

Title:All I Ever Wanted
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:464 pages

    All I Ever Wanted Reviews

  • Louise
    Oct 04, 2016

    Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. N...

  • Rachel Gilbey
    Nov 15, 2016

    What a wonderfully heart warming and loving story, about one family, as they are going through a tough patch.When Patrick accepts a job in Newcastle, Caitlin refuses to uproot their children to move u...

  • Karen Mace
    Dec 02, 2016

    As a big fan of Lucy Dillon I am always ready to read her latest stories, so couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! And after a slow start that didn't immediately grab me, I was soon drawn into th...

  • Laura
    Nov 13, 2016

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com I haven't read any other Lucy Dillon books before, but All I Ever Wanted really impressed me. It was everything I wanted it to be: sweet, emotional, funny, realisti...

  • MetLineReader
    Nov 24, 2016

    Great tale of a family in crisis. The cherry on top is the characterisation of the Pugs, Bumble and Bee, who bring warmth and humour to what is potentially a much more difficult story. Loved the kids ...

  • LoisReadsBooks
    Jan 11, 2017

    I had never read any of Lucy Dillon’s work before I picked this one up and I’ll be sure to read more of her books now. I certainly went though a lot of emotions whilst reading this book. It is a c...

  • Lee
    Dec 26, 2016

    All I Ever Wanted isn’t the usual type of book I read, and there were some aspects I enjoyed, and some I didn’t.The book isn’t a straight out romance, but what you’d probably call a heartwarmi...

  • Juliet Butler
    Dec 21, 2016

    Caitlin's marriage to Patrick is in trouble. He works long hours and she feels he doesn't understand what she wants anymore. When he gets offered a job in Newcastle he sees it as a new start for Caitl...

  • Katherine
    Nov 24, 2016

    Lucy Dillon is one of my 'go to' books for when I need a 'comfort read'. So this week on a wet, dark, cold morning when I was not feeling my brightest or my best, this book really was 'all I ever want...

  • Agi
    Dec 13, 2016

    It is unbelievable but "All I Ever Wanted" is my first Lucy Dillon's book - but certainly not the last, as this novel has totally convinced me and it made me experience all kind of emotions. It was a ...