Like everyone else I have been busy with the up and coming festive season preparations and my mother has arrived today for a two month stay. I love having my mum around and she loves coming to stay, especially now we are in Spain, where the weather is warmer than the UK. Although we are in for some wet and windy stuff over the next few days, but hopefully by mid week it will all be gone.
I have been reading some lovely Christmas stories of late and most f them are romances and lovey-dovey ones. But I have just finished a book that I needed to share with you. I really enjoyed Never Too Late by Jo Barney. Being a henlit / boomer lit author myself, I am always on the look out for books in the same genre. I spotted this one in a Librarything giveaway and luckily I managed to snag a copy. I probably would have bought it though even if I hadn't of won.
It is a must read, if you like something different every now and again. If you like a little bit of literary fiction without the romance, then I suggest you treat yourself. The paperback is at a very good price as well, if you need a quick present for your aunt or gran. This is my review.
Never Too Late by Jo Barney
A Lovely well written story.
I won an Ecopy of this book through a Giveaway I entered because I was drawn to the tale about an elderly lady. I write stories about mature women or couples, so finding another author within the same genre was enlightening.
I really loved this story. It starts on a sad note when Edith wakes up on Christmas Day to find her husband dead in bed beside her. From the off set it is obvious that she is not that upset, as her marriage has been a struggle and their relationship, love and trust of each other has almost disappeared. From that point, I was expecting a story of a second chance romance, but even though Edith does meet someone nice, this story is more about the different emotions she goes through as she finds a trail of deceit and a secret life of her husband that she knew nothing about.
Following her emotions while she slowly unravels a story that involves her son and his wife, she slowly learns a new side to her deceased husband and her only son. She also develops a good friendship with her daughter-in-law, something that she wished she had done years ago. Edith is putting her life back together in a way that suits her as a widow, mother and grandmother (and now dog owner), without the need to tiptoe around her husbands shadow.
I enjoyed the way the author challenged Edith to explore her feelings and emotions, to question her guilt and even to admit that maybe the marriage failure was not all Art's fault, that she too had a few faults that need addressing. If you enjoy a literary read, this is a must. Once you start, you want to read it al the way through to find out how it all comes together. A lovely story.
Must go now...presents to wrap...chat next week. Allyson