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Flashback and Purple, by Sue Hampton (paperback)

Annie Capaldi can’t forget Arthur, the ex she still loves. Their daughter Leigh has style, a boss who wants sex, and no thought of any relationship with her cleaner Crystel – who meets Ethan, an eco-dreamer obsessed with the past, on the tube. In this novel about time, all five are linked by love, circumstances or a lopsided rainbow clock with no home.

 

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Annie Capaldi can’t forget Arthur, the ex she still loves. Their daughter Leigh has style, a boss who wants sex, and no thought of any relationship with her cleaner Crystel – who meets Ethan, an eco-dreamer obsessed with the past, on the tube. In this novel about time, all five are linked by love, circumstances or a lopsided rainbow clock with no home.

Twenty-five years ago Annie started work after Arthur left. Two wives and an enduring friendship later, he interrupts her memories with the news that he’s single again and wants her back. On the same day Ethan, an idealistic PhD student, shares a carriage with Crystel and her little girl Coralie and decides they are the poem he can’t write. Crystel works for brittle and ambitious Leigh Capaldi, who sacks her for taking time off on Coralie’s fifth birthday. But Crystel’s surprising response prompts Leigh to give the rainbow clock she never wanted as a present for a child she’s never met. Ethan abandons London for a green community called Ferningstone, while beginning at the same time an unpromising online relationship with Crystel. But first he needs to understand the mother who died when he was ten, journeying through his own childhood in order to find her. Arthur arrives to stay with Leigh – and woo Annie again. But he’s not the lover she remembers, and the changes time can work have only just begun.

For Annie, for Leigh, and for two very different young people drawn into a love that really could be hopeless, there are decisions to make – if only the present will stop threatening the future and rewriting the past.

1 review for Flashback and Purple, by Sue Hampton (paperback)

  • When I was reading this novel, I wanted it to go on for ever. The way Sue Hampton has created her characters means that the reader gets drawn into their lives and loves. The central character is Annie. She is still in love with her former husband, the inconstant Arthur, a quarter of a century after he left her and their child.
    Arthur’s third marriage comes to an end when his glittering and glossily perfect socialite wife Carole leaves him. He then decides Annie was the one for him all along. Carole is a major presence in the book, although she only appears in person towards the end. She is presented as being warm and friendly, but gradually emerges as a somewhat less than benign presence. She is intimidating and even slightly scary, like a modern day version of Daphne du Maurier’s ghostly character Rebecca. The difference being that she is very much alive. Annie constantly compares herself to Carole and finds herself wanting in every way.
    Annie’s and Arthur’s daughter Leigh is unsentimental, hard as nails and very abrupt. She links the middle-aged protagonists to the young characters. They are Ethan the eco-warrior, and Crystel the single mum, who fall in love after a fleeting meeting on a tube train. These two are from opposite ends of the social spectrum. Ethan is a misfit in his own family and there is a very funny scene near the end in which we find out just how different his values are to those of his extended family.
    Sue’s writing is richly descriptive and her characters are beautifully observed. I do hope she writes a sequel.

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