***The instant Sunday Times bestseller***'Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones's warmth and wisdom.' JOJO MOYES
'A hug in a book' Prima
'Her best book yet' Woman & Home
'Compassionate, wise and life-affirming' The Observer
The funny, moving and uplifting new novel from Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin & Stacey and author of the Sunday Times bestsellers Never Greener and Us Three.
Grace is about to turn ninety and she doesn't want parties or presents or fuss. She just wants a quiet celebration: her daily swim in the sea and a cup of tea with granddaughter Elin and great-granddaughter Beca. More than anything, she wants to heal the family rift that's been breaking her heart for decades.
And to do that she must find her daughter, Alys - the only person who can help to put things right.
But thirty years is a long time.
And many words have been left unsaid.
So is it too late now to heal the pain of the past?
This is a story about mothers and daughters: the love inherent in that bond and the heartache that miscommunication can bring. More than anything, it's about the importance of being true to oneself. Meet Grace, Alys, Elin and Beca - a family you'll come to know, and to love.
PRAISE FOR RUTH JONES
'Heartfelt, joyful, brave, utterly compelling' RACHEL JOYCE
'I adored it' JOANNA CANNON
'Joyful, life-affirming' ADELE PARKS
'Beautifully warm and totally absorbing. I cried and I laughed. I adored it' JANE FALLON
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
*'Good grief. This is truly a novel that pulled on every last emotion.'
*'Warm-hearted, beautiful and heartbreaking.'
*'Ruth's best book yet... entertaining and incredibly moving.'
*'A gorgeous, emotional read that I was completely immersed in.'
*'I'm absolutely gutted it's over... loved every single page.'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Readers who have ever found themselves party to an ongoing family feud, whether trivial or life-changing, will relate only too well to Love Untold. The story revolves around the lives of four women from the same family: nearly 90-year-old Grace, her daughter Alys, her granddaughter Elin, and her great-granddaughter Beca. Few family feuds last 30 years, but this is sadly the case for the Meredith family, who haven’t heard from the wayward Alys in decades, with at least one of the generations believing her to be dead. Jones builds the relationships between the women so effortlessly, identifying the conflicts that are present in even the happiest of families, and exploring the complexities of mother-daughter relationships with quite brutal rawness. There are glimpses of the Gavin and Stacey-esque Welshisms and wit that made Jones a household name in the Noughties, but her ability to force a reader to stop in their tracks to blink back the tears is the quality that makes Love Untold an absolute must-read for mothers and daughters everywhere.