Skip to content


June 26, 2013


So far, all four children have had an idyllic childhood a cottage in a country village with warm and cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, and sun drenched afternoons in its rambling garden.

But a tragedy, lies in store for the Birds, a tragedy that strikes one Easter weekend ,and which is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, tear the family apart.

The years pass, the children become adults, make new relationships, and begin to develop their own quite separate lives. Soon it’s almost as though they’ve never been a family at all.

Almost. But not quite.

Because something has happened that will call them home, back to the house they grew up in.



This Beautiful story is set from 2010 delivering us back in time to April 1981.

The House We Grew Up In  is full of:  fun, it is moving,  emotional, very heart wrenching.

Everything happens to the Bird family . Love, Death, Births, Affairs, Jail.


Lorelei is the mother, Colin is the father. They have four children that have an idyllic childhood.  Megan is the eldest, Behan, and twin boys Rory and Rhys. The Bird family live in a beautiful cottage in a country village in the Cotswold’s.

Lorelei always made sure the house was filled with love, fun, and laughter. She made a craft box filled with sequins, pipe cleaners, and empty sweet wrappers, for all her children to have lots of fun in making things.

Each Easter Lorelei invited the neighbours and some of her friends and family to come to the Bird families warm and cosy cottage for an Easter egg hunt and lavish dinner. One Easter weekend tragedy strikes the Bird family. The impact of the tragedy is so devastating that it begins to tear the once loving close-knit family apart.

Lorelei becomes a hoarder and is finding it rather difficult to locate among the piles of stuff the wear about of her children’s birth certificates. The bedroom that was once Megan’s has become an office with over stockpile of paperwork, books and stuffed animals. The drawers in the office are hung open spewing out their contents.

Colin leaves his wife Lorelei, but Lorelei finds another person to love. With also an online lover she  constantly writes to.

As Megan, Beth and Rory become adults they begin to make their own lives with new relationships and families, but not without issues of their own to deal with.

My Motto for today: Novels Are addictive, specially Lisa Jewell’s

I am a massive fan of Lisa Jewell’s books I have read BEFORE I MET YOU  which I highly recommend to all readers.

LISA JEWELL had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her  job as a secretary.

Inspired by NIck Horby’s High Fidelity, a book about young people just like her who lived in London, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of 1998.  Ten best-selling novel’s later, she lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

Lisa writes every day in a local cafe where she can drink coffee, people – watch, and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done.

Why not get to know Lisa Jewell  by joining the official facebook page

Or by following her on twitter@lisajewelluk.

Lisa’s website www.lisa-jewell,

Large paperback 424 pages

Published by Century

Published 18th July 2013


From → book review

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: