After Leaving The Village

by Helen Matthews

After Leaving The Village

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Two women. Two villages. Different destinies. Odeta's life has shrunk to a daily round of drudgery, running her father's grocery store in a remote Albanian village. One day a stranger from Tirana walks into the shop and promises her a new career in London. Odeta's life is about to change, but not in the way she expected. Journalist Kate lives on a quiet London street and seems to have a perfect life but she worries about her son Ben, who struggles to make friends. Kate blames the internet and disconnects her family from the online world so they can get to know their neighbours. On a visit to her home village in Wales, Kate is forced to confront a secret from her past. But greater danger lies closer to home. Perhaps Kate's neighbours are not the friendly community they seem.

Book Info

Helen Matthews Author: Helen Matthews

Title: After Leaving The Village
ISBN: 9780995780682
Publication Date: 12-10-2017
Publisher: Hashtag Press
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: epub

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profile pic Linda Haw  
Added: 24-07-2018
Thought provoking read.

I enjoyed this book very much. At first glance there does not seem much in common with a girl working in her family's shop in Albania and a wife and mother living in London.

The girl wants to get away from her mundane life in Albania where she can see her future life - finding a husband, marrying and having children with no escape from drudgery.

The woman has decided she wants to return to the village life she had growing up in Wales with no mobile phones, no internet or other "modern" technology.

The author captures the horror of human trafficking and how easy it is for girls to be lured by the promise of a career in a new country which turns out to be nothing of the sort.

The author has manage to capture all the horror and uncertainty in both women's lives and illustrate how, sometimes, what we already have is better than what we think we want.

I look forward to reading more Helen Matthews in the future.

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