The Ludlow Ladies Society Ann O’Loughlin

511mUvjZs5L Pub: Black and White Publishing

Connie Carter has lost everyone and everything dear to her. Leaving her home in New York, she moves to a run-down Irish mansion, hoping to heal her shattered heart and in search of answers: how could her husband do the terrible things he did? And why did he plough all their money into the dilapidated Ludlow Hall before he died, without ever telling her?

At first Connie tries to avoid the villagers, until she meets local women Eve and Hetty who introduce her to the Ludlow Ladies’ Society, a crafts group in need of a permanent home. Connie soon discovers Eve is also struggling with pain and the loss of having her beloved Ludlow Hall repossessed by the bank and sold off. Now, seeing the American Connie living there, the hurt of losing everything is renewed. Can these women ever be friends? Can they ever understand or forgive?

As the Ludlow Ladies create memory quilts to remember those they have loved and lost, the secrets of the past finally begin to surface. But can Connie, Eve and Hetty stitch their lives back together?

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!

The Ludlow Ladies Society is typical of Ann O’Loughlin’s style, and clever combination of great characters, perfect plot and emotional grip.

Eve, having lived rather grandly at Ludlow Hall, is now almost scraping together a living by sewing clothes for crass and unstylish women such as Mary McGuane.

Connie after the death of her husband is now the owner of Ludlow Hall and travels to see why her husband ‘loved’ it so much and what was it’s hold on him.

Hetty lets Connie know how disappointed the ladies sewing group was kicked out of Ludlow Hall and they were now looking for other buildings in which to meet with no success.

This book is about grief so deep, you can’t seem to face the reality of life, believe me you will shed tears.  It has sadness, tragedy but it also brings love and friendship among a group of women bound by a love of each other and a love of sewing.

I loved the descriptive elements of this novel, such as the fact, that Eve’s sewing room floor is covered in cotton…. mine too 🙂 I loved how Connie involved herself with the Ludlow Ladies and how their friendships evolved. They are brought together when making a memory quilt, and here we learn  what binds these women together. And like a good quilt stitched with love, these women find common bonds and support.

Ann’s knack at creating characters that become real people, whom the reader falls in love with and can identify with is what makes her books so special.

Don’t think for one minute this is mushy read, it has parts that make your heart weep at the sheer brutality of human nature. I was at times shocked, I didn’t expect the twist that this story gave.

It is beautifully written and truly is one of my absolute favs this year

It really is a wonderful read.

5*/5

 

 

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