You Can't Go It Alone

You Can't Go It Alone

by Jessie Cahalin

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Overview

Love, music and secrets are woven together in this poignant, heart-warming narrative.

Set in a Welsh village, the story explores the contrast in attitudes and opportunities between different generations of women. As the characters confront their secrets and fears, they discover truths about themselves and their relationships.

The reader is invited to laugh and cry, with the characters, and find joy in the simple things in life. Listen to the music and enjoy the food, as you peek inside the world of the inhabitants of Delfryn.

Let Sophie show you that no one can go it alone. Who knows, you may find some friends with big hearts...


Praise for You Can't Go It Alone

'Novel with a warm heart'
Daisy Meadows, bestselling children's author

'An intricate, thoughtful story of real people whose life will continue long after the author has typed the end.'
Patricia Feinberg Stoner, author

'Gripping! It's a roller-coaster of a novel in which the beautiful Welsh countryside and weather take a leading role. I was gripped by these characters, and by Cahalin's fascinating touches.'
Maggie Humm, Emeritus Professor, University of East London

'Fascinating read about many of life's challenges. Recommended to men and women alike.'
John Broughton, novelist

'The author has a real feeling for character and place, and it really shines through her work. Her ideas around plot and how a story unfolds are original, and well executed, with a good balance of lightness and shade.'
Welsh Annie, Top 500 Reviewer Amazon

'Complex and vivid tapestry of a story'
Jena. C. Henry, USA blogger and reviewer

'The characters leap off the page and it is a pleasure to follow their progress.
Gail Aldwin, Chair of the Dorset Writers' Network

'Jessie Cahalin has a lovely light touch with her poetic prose.'
Judith Barrow, author

'Delightfully descriptive and evocative of the area, this is a book to be enjoyed with a glass (or two...) of wine in hand (and possibly a box of tissues on occasions) - on a balmy evening, reclining under an olive tree, if you happen to have one!'
Lizzie. C, Amazon reviewer

'Funny, tragic and full of unexpected twists and turns, this is a story with plenty to entertain and also to leave you thinking.'
Phoebe McLeod, Amazon reviewer

'The importance of communication and of speaking the truth is intertwined with each character's journey.'
Patricia Furstenberg, author

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161744161
Publisher: Jessie Cahalin
Publication date: 10/06/2018
Series: Sunflower , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 560,800
File size: 327 KB

About the Author

Jessie is a Yorkshire author living in Cardiff. Wales, words and Yorkshire folk have a special place in her heart.

She loves to entertain and challenge readers with her contemporary fiction and wants everyone to meet the characters who’ve been hassling her for years. Set in Wales, You Can’t Go It Alone is ‘a novel with a warm heart’ and is the first book in a family saga.

Visit Jessie’s website at JessieCahalin.com.

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You Can't Go It Alone 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MarkODwyer34 More than 1 year ago
Jessie Cahalin’s delightful read gives us the ‘ordinary’ worry-wracked decisions and moments of joy in everyday lives in a village in Wales. Though each character tries hard to convince themselves they can handle their problems without help, none seem able to really can’t go it alone. But then, can any of us? Jim is haunted by the loss of his son and wife yet he tries to go it alone in his despondency. But little Daisy next door who loves sunflowers and reading just might be sparking new life in him as he shares his overgrown garden with the child. Daisy’s mother Ruby fears to reveal her illiteracy to her husband Dan, while he desperately conceals from her the amount of debt he has run up. Sophie and Jack, new arrivals in Delfryn, are desperately trying to concieve but unwilling to discuss the strain of the IVF procedures with Jack’s visiting parents nor even with each other. And why have those parents visited in a manner completely out of character? The owners of the village cafe, Rosa and Matteo, at first seem an adoring couple but there seems to be some sort of tension there. As all these people’s lives cross and connect they find help from one another and, perhaps as importantly, they learn how to accept it. Rosa and Matteo’s daughter Olivia, for instance, accepts help from young Marcus so as to try a singing career. But is Marcus running from his former girlfriend who claims she is pregnant by him? In this story there occour no explosions, no murders, no car chases – well, apart from the runaway camper van that nearly takes out a school bus. There are no vampires lurking in the woods or undead in the hills or villians plotting for world domination. We are treated instead, as the line on the cover says, to ‘Love, laughter, music and secrets’. I loved it all. Apparently this is the first in a projected series and I am certainly going to buy the next one.
MarkODwyer34 More than 1 year ago
Jessie Cahalin’s delightful read gives us the ‘ordinary’ worry-wracked decisions and moments of joy in everyday lives in a village in Wales. Though each character tries hard to convince themselves they can handle their problems without help, none seem able to really can’t go it alone. But then, can any of us? Jim is haunted by the loss of his son and wife yet he tries to go it alone in his despondency. But little Daisy next door who loves sunflowers and reading just might be sparking new life in him as he shares his overgrown garden with the child. Daisy’s mother Ruby fears to reveal her illiteracy to her husband Dan, while he desperately conceals from her the amount of debt he has run up. Sophie and Jack, new arrivals in Delfryn, are desperately trying to concieve but unwilling to discuss the strain of the IVF procedures with Jack’s visiting parents nor even with each other. And why have those parents visited in a manner completely out of character? The owners of the village cafe, Rosa and Matteo, at first seem an adoring couple but there seems to be some sort of tension there. As all these people’s lives cross and connect they find help from one another and, perhaps as importantly, they learn how to accept it. Rosa and Matteo’s daughter Olivia, for instance, accepts help from young Marcus so as to try a singing career. But is Marcus running from his former girlfriend who claims she is pregnant by him? In this story there occour no explosions, no murders, no car chases – well, apart from the runaway camper van that nearly takes out a school bus. There are no vampires lurking in the woods or undead in the hills or villians plotting for world domination. We are treated instead, as the line on the cover says, to ‘Love, laughter, music and secrets’. I loved it all. Apparently this is the first in a projected series and I am certainly going to buy the next one.