One Day meets Up: The House That Made Us is a love story – and a life story – told through a series of photographs and inspired by a true story
When Mac and Marie marry and find a home of their own, Mac takes a snap of them outside their newbuild bungalow, the garden bare and the paint on the front door still wet. It becomes a tradition, this snap, and slowly the photographs build into an album of a fifty-year relationship.
Every year they take a photo and though things change around them – the garden matures, the fashions change, they grow older – the one constant is their love. Every year, come rain, come shine, from the Seventies through the decades, every photo tells the story of their love. But life never travels the path you expect it to, though they know that a life with love is a life lived to the full.
Now, in the present day, the photo album belongs to someone who doesn’t know the people in its pages. As they watch the lives from the past unfold, will the truth of their love story be told…?
A heart-breaking story about life and love for readers who love Holly Miller, Jojo Moyes and Hazel Prior.
I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The House that Made Us by Alice Cavanagh. I knew I was in for a treat when I was emailed about this book as I love books written by Alice under her other pennames.
The House That Made Us is the story of Mac and Marie told through a photo album of pictures taken yearly on their wedding anniversary over time. I love this concept because it meant as the reader you got to drop in and seeing the family over time and see how life panned out for them over time as their family grew and changed. I loved dipping in and out of their lives and seeing those changes over time which I found particularly nostalgic when seeing their earlier life and all those things we all had in our houses or talked about because it was on the news.
Mac and Marie as a couple are a delight. They deal with everything thrown at them and some and I really enjoyed seeing how they battled through everything together. I liked how this book didn't shy away from the harder bits of life we all go through and it made them feel very real as a couple.
I also liked what the book had to say about family as Mac and Marie's extended family isn't at all conventional but it doesn't matter to them and the way they treat those around them is lovely to see. Within a few chapters I wanted to go and settle down in their living room with them to catch up with everyone and get all the gossip.
In short I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely book. If you love romantic fiction with a gorgeous family at its heart then this book will be for you.