Review: The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond @MacmillanAus

The House of New Beginnings

Series : N/A

Publisher :  Pan Macmillian Australia

Source : Publisher

Release Date : January 31st 2017


Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city’s history, but it’s also a place of brand new beginnings.

Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city’s delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she’s sliding into all kinds of trouble . . .

Charlotte’s in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she’s suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.

A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it’s a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa’s passion for food could lead her to more interesting places?

As the three tenants find each other, it’s as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond. goodreads

TashTash M


I don’t read much chick- lit as I never take the time to  go specifically for it.  However Diamond’s offering won me over soon as I picked up.  With it’s heart warming tale of self discovering  and Diamond ability to create charming  every day characters  it easy not to fall in love with her latest offering

In the House of New Beginnings  we are introduced to  three  of the tenants of Number 11 Dukes Square who all share a common bond.  All recent arrivals to Brighton area and all carrying secrets and problems with their  personal lives.

Diamond weaves a happy atmosphere perfect for chick-lit as there is a balance when it comes to  telling these stories. It can’t be all doom and gloom.  With a potent prologue  she quickly sets up to  the book   and a scene that will become important. However it soon on to happier moments in the first chapter as we are introduced to Georgie

Georgie is the perfect person to kick things off  as she arrives at Duke Squares and discovers things not exactly as she planned.  She takes in her stride  as at least she is with her boyfriend and she isn’t left behind. However this isn’t the only reason she happy to be in Brighton, it a chance to escape her pass career and   take a plunge into  her dream job. If only things were going as she hopes.  As no life is destroyed this bright and bubbly type who misses things and want to cover those empty holes. Diamond pegged her well considering the other two ladies had pretty strong distinct personalities as well and she the youngest. She got a zeal for life and comes useful given the other two and their problems.   She is the glue to this novel and it works even though she isn’t the investigator  to all three of them meeting together.  She the one that you instantly connect to  but the others aren’t far behind.


Rosa is the glue that holds things together. She the one who brings all three together for the first time despite bumps into each other There is  also Rosa and Charlotte who are both running from their pasts for very different reasons. Gone is the Rosa that everyone once new. She knows works her but of in a hotel trying to forgot what happened and drown her life in working and playing with food.   She has been hurt bad and it destroyed her. You could say she having an early mid life crisis as she up her life but she isn’t . She almost too calm and  just wasting away letting things walk over her.  Until a surely teenager becomes a her problem and makes her take the focus of her problems and start living again with some surprising results.  She is the caring type and it easy to see that she wants to do the best forever. I loved how despite being thrust she rose up to the challenge and embraced things and made her take the leap to the unknown as it encouraged Charlotte who need these girls  to reclaim things.

Charlotte has  who is the pits of despair after her life fell apart and is  hoping a new city will pull her out of her  funk. Instead it  not going to plan.  She stuck in her own world and  the memories which eat at her. Unforgiving   and unwilling to let her to move on wit life . Until she forced to step outside of her zone and  tackle things slowly but surely when she is forced to   by opportunities out of her control.

She may be the quiet type but this woman got spirit and I loved how she is forced to embraced that as this is the house of new beginnings and  these women aren’t going to leave anyone behind. It  all about the comradeship and I loved the suppprting characters as well. It easy to embrace something that  involves everyday characters dealing with real relatable problems. Diamond has hit the nail on the head with this novel.  I loved her style of writing, the feels you get with her stories. Whilst this is my first, I easily feel in love with the way she used everyday characters going on their every day lives.  It made the connection easier  and more enjoyable.





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