All I Ever Wanted
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All I Ever Wanted


Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. Nancy's mum and dad split up. Her father Patrick moves away from their Bristol home to Newcastle. And Nancy stops talking.
Eva is forty-four, nearly forty-five. She didn't expect to be the third wife of a much-loved household name, but eight years ago, she and semi-retired bad boy Michael Quinn fell in love. Eva knew marrying a much older man meant compromises, but it was the love of a lifetime for them both - until Mickey dies suddenly, leaving Eva alone with his gossipy diaries, their two pugs, and a distressing voice in the back of her mind, wondering if perhaps she's sacrificed more than she meant to.
While Nancy's parents negotiate their separation, the question of weekend contact is solved when Patrick volunteers his sister Eva's house. It's in Longhampton, an hour out of Bristol, with plenty of room for her to get to know a niece and nephew she's barely met - even if Nancy continues to refuse to speak. Patrick is sure it's just a phase but his soon-to-be-ex-wife is worried that something more traumatic lies at the heart of their daughter's selective mutism.
Meanwhile, Eva begins to read through Mickey's diaries, and with every page she's forced to confront a view of her marriage that turns everything she believed about her late husband, her self - and her own heart - on its head. The fortnightly presence of two children in her peaceful, grown-up home - one constantly singing and performing, the other wordless and sad - initially drives Eva and the two pugs, Bumble and Bee, to exhaustion, but as spring turns into summer, a trust slowly begins to form between an anxious little girl with a heartbreaking secret, and a woman who has realised too late that what her soul yearns for is the love of a child.

Title:All I Ever Wanted
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:464 pages

    All I Ever Wanted Reviews

  • Louise
    Oct 04, 2016

    Nancy is four, nearly five. She talks all the time: in the car, on the way to nursery, to her extrovert older brother, to her collection of bears. But then, one February morning, everything changes. N...

  • Katherine
    Nov 24, 2016

    Lucy Dillon is one of my 'go to' books for when I need a 'comfort read'. So this week on a wet, dark, cold morning when I was not feeling my brightest or my best, this book really was 'all I ever want...

  • Agi
    Dec 13, 2016

    It is unbelievable but "All I Ever Wanted" is my first Lucy Dillon's book - but certainly not the last, as this novel has totally convinced me and it made me experience all kind of emotions. It was a ...

  • Emma
    Nov 20, 2016

    I'm not notorious for reading books outside of the young adult genre on this blog but I thought I would widen my horizons when I requested this novel on Netgalley from well know author, Lucy Dillon. A...

  • Sharon
    Oct 26, 2016

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this copy.We meet Caitlin and Patrick ? a not so happily married couple on the verge of separation. Patrick is offered a new job in Newcastle, whereas C...

  • Caroline Corpas
    Oct 26, 2016

    All I Ever Wanted is the sixth book by British writer Lucy Dillon, who has won two awards for her romantic novels Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts and A Hundred Pieces of Me. Now, I don?t usually read a ...

  • Claire Mc Partlin
    Nov 07, 2016

    I love Lucy Dillon's books and 'Lost Dogs & Lonely Hearts' was one of my favourite books so I was really looking forward to reading this book, and I wasn't disappointed. This was also set in Longhampt...

  • Rachel Gilbey
    Nov 15, 2016

    What a wonderfully heart warming and loving story, about one family, as they are going through a tough patch.When Patrick accepts a job in Newcastle, Caitlin refuses to uproot their children to move u...

  • Sakurahan
    Nov 21, 2016

    Hi Readers, I'm sorry I haven't been here in a while...I was in a bit of a reading slump :(. Anyway, for the past week or so I've been reading All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon, which I got as an E-arc...

  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    Dec 02, 2016

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comBeing only four years old, Nancy has properly found her voice. She loves talking andsinging everywhere and anywhere she can...