Fast forward a few weeks and things are not quite so rosy. Despite her joy at having her beloved mother close again Isobel can't help but notice her behaviour is sometimes quite strange. Is it just jet lag and the heat or is something more sinister going on? Eldest son Ben is enjoying the Aussie lifestyle but gaining university admission is not as straight forward as he hoped and husband Leo is working and studying so hard they are beginning to feel like ships in the night. Things become more complicated when Isobel has to accompany her mother home to Wales and realises it could be months before she can head back to Australia. How can she possibly be there for everyone when she is so far away? Especially when her phone calls home reveal her middle son Jacob seems to be heading for a fall.
Further is easy to read, despite the drama within the storyline. I thought it was perhaps more tightly written than Distance, getting to the heart of matters more succinctly but without losing any impact. It was good to notice this development in the author's skill.
If you have read Distance and enjoyed it, you will love Further. There is the same mix of drama, laughter, angst and sadness but overall the importance of family is the main theme along with the adage that home truly is where the heart is.