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A sparky feel-good story that hits all the right buttons (Fanny Blake, Sunday Express)
Family secrets, forgiveness, unlikely friendships and learning to love again ... Searching For A Silver Lining is a story that touched my heart. I totally adored it. (Cathy Bramley, author of Wickham Hall)
This is my favourite of Miranda's books so far. It's original and hilarious and life-affirming, and full of magical moments. I really loved it (Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Canal Boat Cafe)
Mystery . . . romance, written with a light-hearted touch; I was hooked (Woman & Home on A Parcel for Anna Browne)
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A heart-warming delight (Good Housekeeping on A Parcel for Anna Browne)
An absolute delight - heartwarming, hilarious, life-affirming and sparkling with Miranda's magic. (Rachael Lucas, bestselling author of Wildflower Bay)
Magical and breathtaking, a gorgeous book that will stay with you long after the last page (Alexandra Brown, author of Cupcakes at Carringtons)
Searching For a Silver Lining is a moving and inspirational novel by Sunday Times bestseller Miranda Dickinson.See all Product description
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The other 2 storylines involve Mattie and her Grandad Joe. The novel begins with his funeral and we know straightaway that he and Mattie weren't talking when he died and so she feels like she needs to make it up to him. I wasn't as keen on this storyline, I'm not really sure why, perhaps I just didn't like how much of her life Mattie was dedicating to making it up to him, but the flashbacks to Grandad Joe's life ere very interesting and I liked them. The other storyline is, of course, a love story and what's not to like about that. I'm not going to go any further into that one because I don't want to give anything away!
In terms of the characters, I defy anyone not to love Reenie. She is a typical diva, but over 80 and living in a retirement community. I loved how bolshy she was and I loved her accent, it totally comes right off the page and whenever she is speaking or recalling something, you can hear this Cilla Black type matriarch right there in the room with you. Matilda, Mattie Bell is an interesting character. I didn't find myself warming to her quite as much. I think this again comes down to the fact that she lives her life so much in the past and dwells on things so much. I loved that she was so determined to help Reenie though and make things right for her, and I loved the relationship that she had with her sister, Jo and her cousin Jack. Gil, the club owner is another major character in the book and I liked him when he was in the club, doing his thing, but not as much when he was taken out of that setting and chatting to Mattie and Reenie.
Ultimately this is a story of hope and of second chances, but there are also some great insights into relationships of every kind, family, friends, lovers and enemies and I really liked that strong theme coming through. I always love a Miranda Dickinson book and, as with all her novels, you will leave this novel feeling heart warmed and having great faith in your fellow man!
The reason I haven't given this book 5* is because although I liked it, I didn't like the historic element to the book. When I read the blurb and I discovered there was mention of the 1950's it filled me with dread. It wasn't as bad as I thought, although there is mention of the past as you discover what happened to Mattie's grandfather and what made him the man he was, it was written in diary form so broke up the book. There was also Rennie's memories coming through too, neither of which are very offensive.
This is a story about friendship, forgiveness and searching for something, in more than one way. Mattie has fallen out with her grandfather, unfortunately he dies before they have chance to make up and the guilt is tearing Mattie apart, if only she wasn't so stubborn!
Through doing a good deed Mattie is introduced to Rennie, an old lady in her 80's, who as it turns out used to be in the most famous band of the 50's! This band also happened to be her grandfathers favourite, by listening to her stories Mattie somehow feels closer to her late grandfather. Through a series of diaries he left her she discovers who he was growing up.
Through listening to Rennie's stories she realises she has her own burdens and guilt's that have followed her since the band split. Together they can put at least one of these things right hopefully and Mattie agrees to help Rennie.
Get ready for a road trip like no other! This is a book that is so unique, I have never read anything like it. Although it is not my favourite Dickinson novel this is one you must read. It is only not my favourite down to my taste. I did enjoy reading this, it made me feel very calm and melo when reading it, I thought it was intriguing and different. Definitely complete escapism and one for those of us wishing to slow things down in our own lives to take some time out.
When I'm an old lady I want to have the energy of Reenie Silver ensuring I'm a pain in the neck for any youngster that visits me.
Highly recommended. Enjoyable for all reading ages from young teens to dynamic octogenarian!
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