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An Engaging and Entertaining Story
on 9 May 2012
Maggie has known Andrew for years; first they were friends, now they are lovers. Maggie and Andrew live separately, but Andrew is keen for them to move in together and although Maggie initially agrees, she is now having second thoughts. She does care for Andrew, but is he what she really wants? Does she love him enough? Is there someone else out there just waiting to fall in love with her? Although Maggie hasn't said anything to Andrew yet, he knows something is wrong and is deeply unhappy. Enter Jo, Maggie's best friend, who agrees to act as a go-between for them - but whose best interests does Jo have at heart?
Maggie's neighbours, Henry and Laura, although in their early fifties with years of marriage behind them and now quite settled, have their problems too. They both miss their absent son, Jack, and when they welcome an old school friend of his into their home, they begin to worry about the effect he is having on their impressionable teenage daughter. Added to that, Henry is having to come to terms with the fact that his career is now in decline, his garden is over-run with rabbits and when he employs a local 'Jack the Lad' to help, he ends up with more problems than he started with. And then on top of all of that, Laura's brother-in-law, Roddy, is having a mid-life crisis based in his garden shed where he fantasizes about Laura and makes plans to leave his wife and family and start a whole new life.
And that's not all, there are other characters to meet in this story - each with their own strengths and weaknesses and their own way of dealing (or not dealing) with their problems; some of these problems being fairly minor, others more profound. And somehow, William Nicholson makes us care about all of these people - some more than others maybe, but he describes his characters, their situations, and their interior lives so well, that the reader becomes involved as a willing spectator to their family dramas. Set in and around the lovely town of Lewes in East Sussex, 'The Golden Hour' is a very engaging and entertaining novel and one I really enjoyed and would be happy to recommend as a great weekend, holiday or bedtime read.