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Solace [Paperback]

Nicci Gerrard
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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31 Mar 2005

Irene has a husband, Adrian, three small children and - though she

doesn't know it - a marriage that is going wrong. When she discovers

that Adrian is having an affair, the family is blown apart.

Solace is a story of contrasts. While Adrian finds new love and excitement, Irene spirals into exhaustion, self-destruction and a kind of madness.

With their marriage in shreds and Adrian whisking their daughters on a trip of a lifetime ti Australia with his new lover, Irene finally reaches rock bottom. She decides to leave the unbearable silence of her home for a trip by herself to visit her brother Jem in France.

And as Irene soon realises, being along can mean discovering freedom, elation and even in the darkest of times, finding your solace.

Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141017538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141017532
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nicci Gerrard is a feature writer on the Observer, and the co-author, with Sean French, of the best-selling Nicci French thrillers. She lives in Suffolk with her husband and four children. This is her second novel.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful tale of love, loss and hope 24 Oct 2005
I only read this because I enjoyed the author's debut novel (Things we knew were true) so much - I didn't think I'd find the intricacies of a marriage break-up that interesting. But I was completely wrong and, as usual, Gerrard had me hooked from the first few pages. She has such a talent in creating ordinary characters whom the reader can empathise with, feeling their fears, insecurities, hopes and dreams.
This book isn't just about a marriage break-up - it's about a woman who reaches rock bottom but slowly manages to rebuild her life. At first Irene appears weak and just a bit pathetic; she lets her husband walk all over her and it's evident she's lost her own identity over the years of being a mother and a wife. Circumstance allows her time to contemplate her life and her past and she eventually gets back on her feet, dusts herself down and tries to find the woman she once was. And by the end of the book I was cheering her on hoping like mad she would make it.
A powerful book which highlights the despair and suffering involved in a marriage break-up, but also emphasises the strength and determination which can occur as a result of this. Read it - you won't be disappointed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written view of a marriage in turmoil 26 April 2005
I loved the last Nicci Gerrard book, and this one was no dissapointment. Fascinating view of a marriage in collapse and what happens to Irene in the aftermath. The descriptions of the chaos and the neverending work involved in family life. Reminded me in a strange way of Joanne Harris and chocolat. A woman finding herslef after years of marriage and motherhood. Having time to breath and discover who she truly is. excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 12 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I embarked on this novel with mixed feelings, having read the other reviews. However I found myself being drawn into it and having gone through a marriage break up myself, with a young child, could relate to many episodes the book explored. By around half way through the book I didn't want to put it down and totally related to the sense of having come through a harrowing time with a new sense of purpose once the worst that can happen to a marriage explodes in your face. Go Irene!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicci Gerrard's 'Solace' 30 April 2013
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This faired better than the usual Nicci Gerrard fiction whose female protagonists are usually overcharged emotionally and drop-outs from society who are extremely irritating.
She managed to capture the deja vu nsotalgia of a past relationship which was well done and her structure and plots are usually good
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book group read 10 Mar 2014
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I had to read this for my book group discussion. Was an okay read not my choice though. Was not a book I'd re read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solace: Fantastic read! 15 July 2013
Solace is a story of rebirth and of coming centers around Irene, a woman who has lost her joe de vivre and her sense of self in her marriage and how through her marriage break up she rediscovers herself. It is a beautifully written, evocative book that explores the issues of marriage and infidelity. Reading it makes you feel a whole gamut of emotions and her descriptive style of writing is so comforting its like sitting next to a crackling fire, with a mug of hot chocolate whilst a storm rages outside...very comforting read. Highly recommended!! I loved it!
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