Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

An exclusive neighborhood, a safe neighborhood, a neighborhood with couples and children.  

Added to this perfect place came a single woman who didn't really fit it, but wanted to get to know everyone.

Who could Isabelle be, and why would she move into this neighborhood that she really didn't fit into?

Each of the five main characters tried to be friends, but each has something to hide or something they aren't happy about.

I also questioned if the husbands had something to hide as well.

Ange always has to be in control, but we don't know why.

Essie has problems being a mother.

Fran has a secret she finally reveals to her husband.

Barbara is Essie's mother and a perfect mother and grandmother.

Isabelle is the questionable one.

Lucas seems to be a lady's man.

Ben does seem sweet, but withdrawn.

Nigel seems clueless about everything even though he is brilliant.  

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR doesn't refer to one family but to all the families in the neighborhood.  They all seem to have access to each other's homes and all seem to be involved in each other's lives, except for the secrets.

At the beginning it seems like a soap opera, but don't be fooled.  It is wonderful and heartwarming.

The ending is a marvelous revelation of a lot of secrets and a lot of love.  

ENJOY when you read Ms. Hepworth's newest gem.  4/5

I received this book free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.


  1. ENJOY if you read this book.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. This was my first Hepworth and I loved it.

    1. It was good.

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

  3. I like books that center around a neighborhood. It's a thing I have.

    1. :)

      This is the book for you then. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Ti.

  4. Wonderful and heartwarming - thank goodness, as I was reading down your list of characters and their issues I was thinking "Oh No!"

    1. LOL...that list might be something that would scare someone away. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Kathryn.

  5. I'm starting it tomorrow. I love her stuff. I read all 3 of her books in the 2nd half of last year. And gave every one of them a 3.75/4.