There’s Always Tomorrow

Written by Pam Weaver
Review by Barbara Goldie

There’s Always Tomorrow is an excellent, very readable first novel from Pam Weaver which is set in Worthing, just after the war, during the 1950s. Its language and descriptions are authentic, and it is a great book for anyone who loves a family drama. If you enjoy the writing of Lyn Andrews, Maureen Lee or Josephine Cox you are will surely love Pam Weaver.

The novel tells the story of Dottie, who struggles to live with Reg, her husband. Before the war she fell in love with a kind, considerate man who, after being traumatised during the war, has been demobbed and become cruel and violent. They have no family of their own so when Reg receives a letter telling him he is the father of Patsy, a young orphan, he is now her sole carer. Life becomes hard for Dottie, as she struggles with bringing up another woman’s child alongside dealing with Reg’s deceit. At first Reg seems pleased to have 8 year-old Patsy, the child from his dalliance during the war, living with them, but this starts to change once the truth starts to come out. Dottie is not pleased about the situation and struggles to get to the truth, while seeing her chances of ever having a family of her own slowly disappearing. She tries hard to make her marriage work before it is too late.

The book is appealingly nostalgic of the Fifties, with tears and drama as the reader shares the hopes and disappointments of Dottie. The characters are believable and well-rounded, the descriptions vivid and accurate, the pace is good and the storyline gripping. A good read.