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The Five of Cups

The Five of Cups [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Mewes
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When does love end?
Zena hopes that a six month stay in Brittany will free her from the over-whelming sense of loss and regret at the end of a long term relationship. At 39, can she find a new direction in a foreign country? Or will she remain locked in a spiral of mourning for the great love of her life?

The Five of Cups
In accordance with the maxim ‘tarot only tells you what you know already’, Zena has to come to terms with the message of the Five of Cups and learn to accept her own responsibility for the future.
She finds herself drawn into a world of magic and legend that opens her eyes to unexpected possibilities - but can she really shake off the powerful grip of the past?

A magical landscape
Set in the wilds of western Brittany, this atmospheric tale explores the themes of love, loss and renewal.
Wendy Mewes, with her customary humour and sympathy, portrays a varied cast of characters facing personal challenges in the pursuit of happiness.


Set in the wilds of western Brittany, this atmopsheric tale explores the theme of love, loss and renewal. Zena is trying to forget the breakup of a long-standing relationship and begin a new life for herself. In that case, why has she chosen a spot just down the road from Lucas' childhood home? How will she settle, a woman alone in a foreign country? And will the secrets of the landscape enable her to unlock her own inner powers?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dog Books; 2 edition (17 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read from Wendy Mewes 8 April 2007
By rhinoa
An inspiring book from the author of The Moon Garden. This novel follows 39 year old Zena after a significant break-up with the man she thought was her last chance at having a family and children. She moves to Brittany to try to rebuild her life by painting and exploring the sacred sites there, even though she deliverately moves to an area that has strong associations with her ex.

Whilst living in Brittany she meets a cast of characters with very human strengths and weaknesses (in some cases their weaknesses become their strengths). Erin and her brother Llewellyn are perhaps two of the most interesting. Hints about their past and upbringing are provided but no real information so you are left to draw your own conclusions as to why they deal with life in two very different ways. The calm yet very reserved Erin reads tarot on the side (more psychology based than future telling) of her jewellry making and Zena visits her a number of times for advice and guidance. The questions remains, can Zena truely move on and follow her own path and leave behind the tarot card The Five of Cups.

The most enjoyable parts of this book were the very real characters and the scenery Mewes describes. I wanted happy endings for everyone, especially Zena. I was holding my breath near the end and was pleasantly surprised! Her books appeal to everyone of all ages who has been in love or been loved. If you don't know this author you should definately go and read her books...

***** out of 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brittany revisited 29 Sep 2006
Wendy Mewes' latest novel `The Five of Cups' takes us on a journey of discovery to Brittany and has us longing to immerse ourselves in the wild, mysterious region of the Monts d'Arrée, especially if it means becoming involved with the quickly and sensitively-drawn characters as they wrestle with their problems of life and relationships. Wendy's warmth, humanity and sympathetic style with character and plot, and her subtle insistence that we too should use the earth's forces, energies and signposts to change our lives and make decisions, produce a book of irresistible momentum, engagement and huge satisfaction. A book to lift the spirits!
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5.0 out of 5 stars oracle news 5 May 2011
The five of cups, where do i start?... i absolutely adored it.It took me to a place where i dream of living.Wendy mewes transports the reader to la folle, a rather remote part of france with a village square, market place and acres of woodlands and landscapes which draw you in to read on.

The story is based on 39 year old Zena who has moved to la folle to try clear her head after a painful split from her boyfriend lucas. she has gone to la folle as it was the birth place of lucas and deep down hopes she will meet him there again.

the book is spiritual based, we meet erin, a tarot reader whom zena visits on a regular basis, erins brother and many more characters who come into zenas life throughout her stay at la folle. the book gave me a feeling of total freedom, a place of inspiration and although fiction definately gives you insight to your own life and how simplicity of life and the earth feeds the soul.

this book deserves the full five stars and along with the moon garden another book by wendy mews i would thoroughly recommend them both. i found that i never wanted the book to end and in my eyes thats a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A profound and magical novel 16 Aug 2006
By Stephen J. Leighton - Published on
"The Five of Cups" is set in the hills of central Brittany, the Monts D'Arree, and is steeped in the wild and magical atmosphere of the place. The central character, Zena, escapes to a remote cottage following the traumatic end of a long relationship. The novel relates her gradual return to a fulfilled life, and tells the tales of the people she meets along the way.

Essentially a romance, the book is also a profound exploration of relationships and the personal quest for happiness. Zena shares the stage with several other characters whose stories progressively intertwine as they all approach their own crisis points. Zena's fate is not resolved until the final page.

The style of writing combines evocative descriptions of the Brittany landscape with astute character portraits and naturally flowing dialogue. The legends and pagan associations of the area feature prominently, as does the tarot - the Five of Cups tarot card symbolising the starting point of the plot.
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