A heart-warming story of family, friendship and forgiveness - and the crazy twists of fate that shape our lives…
Hannah and India are new best friends. Although true friendship means always telling each other the truth, doesn’t it…?
Hannah, you see, is running from her life back in Sydney. Now in London, she’s trying to put the past behind her, and finding this amazing new friend is a positive step forward. If only she could stop punishing herself for what she did.
India knows Hannah is hiding something big, and she’s determined to figure it out. Fast.
Because India has a secret of her own… One that is currently sealed in a love letter that’s making its journey across Europe in the most unconventional way.
Before it reaches its destination, can India help Hannah learn to forgive herself?
And will Hannah wake up and realise that India needs rescuing too …?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This poignant novel explores the different ways that people run away from their pasts, centring on Aussie expat Hannah and her new friend India, whom she’s just met in London. Author Nicola Moriarty is one of three sisters who are successful authors, including Jaclyn Moriarty and global phenomenon Liane Moriarty. Nicola shares Liane’s fascination with the ways that secrets and deception can stow away in any adult relationship. Paper Chains also deals very humanely with post-natal depression and other sensitive topics.
The lives of two women intersect in Moriarty's heart-tugging story (following Those Other Women) of confronting questionable choices. Twenty-eight-year-old Australian Hannah Privitelli has moved to London and is working at a museum gift shop. She believes she has made a cruel decision that has destroyed her life, and aside from work, she spends her only day off jogging, trying to escape her own guilt. India Calder, a woman about Hannah's age, shows up at the gift shop one day and becomes determined to help Hannah. It's what India does; when she senses someone is troubled, she helps them and then moves on. Hannah is resistant, but India is persistent, pointing out that they're both Australians temporarily living in London, and a friendship develops. The question becomes not whether one can help the other, but whether both can find a way to heal the secret each is hiding. It's difficult to decide which of the two vibrantly described personalities is more impulsive or more secretive. Dynamic prose makes the pages turn and then subsequently fly by when twists arise. Moriarty's novel is both fast-paced and immersive.