Overall, I enjoyed this book. For the most part, the story was good. However, it was obvious that it hadn't been very well edited. There were many spelling and other errors. Some of the language was difficult to decipher and, I had to grab the dictionary to learn what a spinney is.
One confusing thing was that, in the beginning, Lucy married Mr. Solomons after Barney died and then he died when her daughter was a young child. But, at the end, when Lucy's old friend, Arthur, proposes to her, it says that she is excited because she's never been married. What?
Some things were overkill (mentioned too often), but most of the book was good. I loved the character of Bridget and her language. She's a hoot.
But, the main plot of Barney's plan is simply ridiculous. If he actually loved his family, then he wouldn't break their hearts or mistreat them. Why not go with them to America, see a doctor there, and if he dies in a year or so's time, he dies there, after getting his family settled into a new, secure life? It just seemed that pretending to go off the deep end in a week or two's time and turning them against him in such a short time was improbable and absurd.
Furthermore, Barney didn't seem like the type to cheat on his wife, and the touch of other women was a turn-off to him. So, why would he suddenly cheat on his wife with Lucy and play house with her? That just didn't make any sense and I thought it was just plain dumb.
The book ended too soon. And, I am glad to see that there might be a sequel. I'm not positive because the description of "The Journey's End" mentions a Vicky Maitland who went to America and her husband Barney was back in England. The Journey's Barney's wife's name was Joanne. But, I've sent for the book and will see if it is the sequel to The Journey or not.