Coming July 2021
Magnolia Road is a tree-lined street in a desirable neighbourhood, home to a number of growing families. Juliet has recently moved into her late mother’s house with her husband Liam, a writer, and their young son, Charlie. Preoccupied by guilt, grief and the juggle of working motherhood, Juliet can’t imagine ever fitting in with the clique of parents on Magnolia Road. But for Liam, the morning coffees and after-school playdates soon reveal the heartaches, fears and rivalries playing out behind closed doors — all of which are going straight into his new novel.
Juliet tries to bury her unease and leave Liam to forge these new friendships. But when the rupture of a marriage sends shockwaves through the group, painful home truths are brought to light and life on Magnolia Road may never be the same again.
Incredibly tender and astonishingly insightful. I cared so deeply for the characters and read in genuine awe. An utter gem.Marian Keyes
A total triumph: compelling, compassionate, insightful, funny and moving
Touching, tender and profound in its warmth and stillness – a novel that explores family, friendship, grief and love in true, tactile detail. Beautiful and very real.
Unputdownable – brilliant, beautiful, moving and so funny and well-observed. If you want to know what Happily Ever After looks like, read this.Philippa Perry
Readers will know Rentzenbrink from her moving memoirs The Last Act of Love and A Manual For Heartache. This is her first novel and it sounds equally poignant, warm and wise.Good Housekeeping, Books We’re Most Looking Forward To in 2021