- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 862 KB
- Print Length: 241 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Penkhull Press; 1 edition (4 Jun. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GN57KE4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #752,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story line , even though simple, is engaging especially for woman of a 'certain age. ' The narrative fizzes from page one,onwards, where champagne bubbles sparkle in the light, and the fizz never stops . I read it in two sessions. A wonderful creation with twists and turns but a satisfying ending.
Liz, Bernie and Elsa are in their fifties and have been friends forever. They are all very different characters, but very close and always there for each other. When they all find their once happy and settled lives falling apart around them, they know they can still rely on each other.
I love that the story starts with the three of them having afternoon tea at an expensive hotel together, before their lives change forever.
Liz has been teaching for 30 years and her current year 10's are a difficult bunch. They have no interest in learning and for some of them their only aim is to make Liz's life as miserable as possible. When one girl accuses her of head-butting her, Liz is suspended whilst the situation is investigated. It is a lie, of course, but the head teacher has never liked Liz and does nothing to support her. She is frustrated at the injustice of it all, but has no choice but to ride it out until she is proved innocent. I felt so sorry for Liz. To spend your life dedicated to trying to improve the prospects of the children you're teaching, only to have it all thrown back in your face by a spiteful teenager must be devastating.
Bernie is a good catholic wife and mother. She works part-time, but otherwise is cooking, cleaning and generally running around after her family. That is until her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Bernie's story is one we've all heard of many times. Teenage sweethearts marry young as they find themselves expecting a child, then years later, one or other of them find themselves wondering what they might have missed out on being 'tied down' so early on in their lives. Again I really felt for Bernie. A dedicated wife and mother left to fend for herself and her boys. I know I wouldn't cope well in her situation.
Elsa has lived the life of luxury, thanks to her wealthy ex-husband, but is soon to be homeless and penniless as her husband is set to lose everything. She is left with no choice but to stand on her own two feet, but who is going to employ a woman her age who has never had to work before? This is when she puts her head together with Liz's and Bernie's to try to come up with a business plan they can make a success of together. I felt less sorry for Elsa, but I liked her character all the same. It would be a shock to find yourself having to pawn jewellery to pay utility bills when you've never wanted for anything before in your life.
This is a lovely story of friendship which I am sure many readers will relate to. With very real characters, who I easily warmed to, I soon found myself immersed in their story, almost as if I was a fourth friend sharing their troubles with them and cheering them on as they moved on to happier times and a successful future ahead of them.
I am more than happy to recommend.
I've read quite a few of Ms Herwin's books and think she has such a charmed way of writing, she can make so much of a simple situation but coming at it from another angle. For example this sentence is so well crafted: 'But she couldn't concentrate. Every time she opened a book, the words danced on the page. Like beads in a child's kaleidoscope they rearranged themselves.'
It's definitely a book aimed towards the female market and that's okay but it's not frothy and floaty like some chick-lit, and any red-bloodied male could get into this and maybe take something from it.
I wasn't too keen on the religious references and that's my only reason for the 4 stars rather than 5 and that's just down to personal taste.
My favourite line in the book was: Her control pants were digging in something cruel' how many women will associate with that line. It's a perfect example of an experienced author connecting with her intended readership.
I love Misha's writing style. Her use of language brings to life a vivid image to your minds eye; truly bringing the story to life.
It is a story, as a woman slightly younger than the characters, I can identify with some of the life experiences of the ladies. This evoked empathy with the characters early on and I was keen to read on into their stories.
There are twists and turns along the way, this serves to grip the readers interest to read on.
The Catholic aspect is a key part of Bernie's life. It wasn't out of place in the story. A devout Catholic, it defines her and her life choices. Elsa is that person you feel utterly frustrated that they always seem to land on their feet. But her story is a sad one when you read into it.
A fabulous read. Heartwarming and saddening at times.
Highly reccomended and a great holiday read!
This book was gifted to me for an unbiased, honest review. If you like well written chick-lit books with memorable characters, then this one is definitely recommended.
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