Alice Stanhope is a single mum to Zoe, 15. Her parents have both passed away and she rarely sees her alcoholic brother. The identity of Zoe’s father is a secret Alice has held tightly and she certainly doesn’t want him in their lives.
Zoe suffers from a social anxiety disorder which makes every social interaction for her an ordeal. As a result Alice has fiercely protected Zoe and has always been there whenever Zoe was overcome with fear and panic.
But now at 40 Alice has just received news that she has cancer and the prognosis is not good. Although Alice vows to remain positive and fight the cancer she must look to the future and face the possibility that she may no longer be Zoe’s protector. But who could possibly look after Zoe and have her best interests at heart?
Through Alice’s hospital visits she develops a relationship with Kate, her oncology nurse, and Sonja, her social worker. Both these women are going through their own personal issues but still seem to go above and beyond to help Alice and Zoe. Maybe there is more support around her than she realises.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I like how the author was inspired to write the story based on real life events and to show that support can be found where you least expect it. A great easy read.