Last Bite of the Cherry by Margaret Cullingford

During the period when my bookblog was hibernating, I read

Last Bite of the Cherry by Margaret Cullingford.

From the book description:

Monica Sommers, during counselling sesions with depressed Rosaleen Westlake, is reminded of her own tumultuous past. Monica, only child of warring parents, loves unwisely. Insecure, impulsive, she betrays with irreversible consequences, Will Ackroyd, the love of her young life. Will loves her above all else. Seeking atonement, she meets and falls in love with Malachy O'Brien, her chance of a last bite of the cherry, if love, like life, is a bowl of cherries. Malachy is everything any woman would want in a man. But, can he love her in return? Malachy is a priest. Cherries have stones.

In Last Bite of the Cherry, 

two fascinating life stories become enmeshed in an unusual and superbly well written novel.
The author has a marvellous eye for detail and an ability to explore deep and complex emotions in an imaginative and beautiful manner.
The main characters are strong and completely engaging and the multiplicity of sub-plots and minor characters make the novel a joy to read.
The novel tackles some very meaty issues without becoming heavy or depressing.

A powerful and thought-provoking novel. 

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