Finding Cordelia Paperback – 3 Jul 2013
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About the Author
A former actress, Sally Patricia Gardner formed her own touring company in the 1970's. She describes the venture as 'great fun, but sadly, only mildly lucrative'. In the 1980's a lifelong passion for animals led her to build and run Spikes Island, a highly successful boarding cattery. Early in the millennium, asked to write a short piece for a local magazine, she continued writing only to find that the article had turned into her first novel, Lillian's Story, One Woman's Journey through the 20th Century. Astounded and delighted by its success, she has since written The Sweetest Empire, Painting by Numbers, and Finding Cordelia. All four novels are now available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback. Sally is at present writing her fifth novel, and is proud to be Chair of Shorelink Community Writers,a long-standing and thriving writers group in Hastings, which believes that laughter is essential to the creative process. Sally lives in rural Sussex with her husband, Roland, also a writer, and assorted rescued animals. Their daily walk with their dogs in the woods nearby is an important part of their lives, although they could do without Bengy the spaniel's penchant for going off and leaving them gnashing their teeth while they wait for him to reappear! For more information about Sally and her books please visit: www.sallypatriciagardner.com
Top Customer Reviews
Young mother of two Cordelia, who married early, is now searching for something more from a life that has become boring. She needs to find out just who she is and what sort of person she may become.
A meeting in the park has a big impact, leading to her starring in a series of TV adverts that rocket her to fame. Moreover, she falls in love with the handsome Sebastian who - besides playing her husband - also happens to be both the producer's son and a curate. Is he the one she is meant to be with?
Her search for answers leads through many twists and turns; developments include bewildering and hurtful behaviour from daughter Natalie, and Cordelia moving on to a different life working in an animal rescue centre.
An absorbing read, with true-to-life, believable characters and a satisfying ending. Absolutely perfect for a treat.
Having said that I enjoyed the way that the book went from one characters point of view to the others. It added an interesting dimension to the storyline.
I thought that I might find the storyline a bit far-fetched but I think that Cordelia's problems could have been the same no matter what career she had chosen for herself after the children were at school. The story follows Cordelia as she starts a career appearing in a tv commercial, then moves on to her relationship with her husband, her relationship as her career develops with her family and then how she finds 'refuge' in working for an animal shelter.
Romance is not the genre that I would automatically read or be attracted to. This novel is a romantic journey which tells the story of a married woman with two children who takes control and changes her life. She realises that she may have married too early and believes she is missing out on something though not entirely sure what that might be. Quite by accident she becomes an actress whilst bringing up children and gets involved in helping animals. The search for love plays a role in her development and she eventually realises who her true love is.
The story moves easily through Cordelia's life and many woman will associate with the storyline. The book is a positive addition to the increasing repertoire of Sally Patricia Gardner.
Of course the trademark cats and dogs play their part but so to does her dark green mini, a symbol of independence at a time when most women didn't really have it and the `I can go anywhere' attitude of young women finding their feet.
A good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was an enjoyable read without having any extra features which would make it a classic or a memorable book.Published on 30 April 2014 by jnp
Lovely light reading at times felt compelled not to book the book down and just carry on reading, enjoyed it thank youPublished on 13 Feb. 2014 by Jemb
Very enjoyable believable characters and i enjoyed it even though the ending was predictable. I would recommend this as a good holiday switch off.Published on 23 Nov. 2013 by betty aldridge
Reading this for the 2nd time at the moment. I think I read it too fast the 1st time and enjoying it even more. Great reading.Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by christine palmer
A light romantic story, showing the complexities of family life and love. Good to enjoy on a rainy winter afternoonPublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Barbara
Worth the read ! Great from start to finish. Have a bash and check it out ... good for dark warm nightsPublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by mr michael r willden
What a fantastic book! - couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days.
Looking forward to the next one from this great author.
I loved this book. It was funny and sad and made me want to keep reading to the end. I do love to read but usually only have time on holiday. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2013 by MRS L LISTER