Book Review: The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells by Virginia Macgregor


The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells by Virginia Macgregor
Sphere (ebook), 2016
480 Pages

Author Website

Amazon (UK)

I was given a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


One ordinary morning, Norah walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she walked away from only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah’s family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah’s husband and Norah’s youngest daughter calls Fay ‘Mummy’.

Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they each need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all – what happens to The Mother Who Stayed when The Mother Who Left comes back?

From the author of What Milo Saw, comes this powerful, emotional and perceptive novel about what it takes to hold a family together and what you’re willing to sacrifice for the ones you love.


The world is waking up. Or it is trying to, anyway.

It’s waking up in the small town of Holdingwell.

It’s waking up on Willoughby Street.

It’s waking up in Number 77, the tall red-brick house with scaffolding that stretches up to the roof.


The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells is a fantastic book and will definitely be one of my top books of 2016. I loved What Milo Saw  and The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells is even better. This is one of those rare books that makes you fall completely in love with the characters and the world they inhabit. I loved the story; the ups and downs, the happy moment and the sadness. I loved the characters. I loved the complex relationships and how the author portrays the impact – good and bad of Norah’s return. My favourite character was Willa. I adored her. If I ever had a child I’d want her to be exactly like Willa. I just wanted to lift her up and give her a big cuddle. The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells will stay with me for a long time.




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