Review: The Woman at Number 24

Posted 29th May 2017 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Woman at Number 24The Woman at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton
Also by this author: The Sunday Lunch Club
on 20th April 2017
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance
Pages: 414
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: from the Publisher
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A house holds the hearts of the people who live in it. Under the roof of The Blue House, a now shabby but previously grand Georgian villa in West London, the subdivided space is home to five separate families and five very different lives.

Sarah has just divorced her husband, Leo, and she’s feeling bruised and lonely. And it’s not helped by the fact he has moved in with his new girlfriend – Sarah’s neighbour Helena who lives in the same house. Her loneliness is compounded by hearing their happiness floating up through the floorboards.

Jane and Tom have just moved in to The Blue House, and there’s an instant attraction between Tom and Sarah. But it’s too soon for Sarah to jump into a new relationship, and she wouldn’t dream of breaking up a marriage as Helena did to her.

Mavis has lived in The Blue House for years. She’s the oldest resident by several decades and she’s not one for socialising. Then her sister comes to live with her, to spend her dying days under the same roof, and Mavis finds she cannot hide away forever.

As the stories of the different residents intertwine, Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love and friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for my copies of this book. I received both a paper and netgalley copy of this book. I switched between the two as my kindle is easier when I’m on the move.

I first heard about this book at the Spring Blogger Evening 2017 and SJ mentioned a quote that when you read it will mean everything. At the time I thought what could “Daddy, a lizard” mean? But SJ was right.

When I read the premise of this book I thought, god I couldn’t do what Sarah was doing. I lived with my ex for 2 months after we broke up and it was extremely difficult.

This book really is something special. There are 8 people living in number 24. The story mainly focuses on Sarah but there is a lot of interaction with the other members of the house.

My favourite character is little Una. She is one tough little girl that has been through an awful lot for someone so young.

This story has lots of twists and turns that I never saw coming. The ending however will leave you feeling uplifted.

This was my first book by Juliet. I really enjoyed her style and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

About Juliet Ashton

I write books. I’m an introverted extrovert, a homebody who loves going out, a nosey parker who can keep secrets. I live by the Thames. My study feels like the centre of the universe. I share my house with Matthew, who writes songs and composes film music in his studio upstairs, and our daughter, Niamh. Two dogs sleep at my feet all day, Mavis and Zelda, both pedigree idiots.

I’m five foot six, mostly Irish. I find humans fascinating, whether they’re evil or sweet or saintly or annoying or … I just like humans, and that’s why I write about them.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenge (2017)
  • Netgalley Challenge (2017)

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