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Enjoyable, well crafted story.
on 25 September 2013
When Jo and Clare first meet they click instantly, so much so that Jo is offered the position of the Manager of Clare's dream shop, a bookshop, soon to be opened. As the business steadily grows they work together well, setting up a book group, organising events and even introducing a Tarot card reading service. Jo has always had a `gift' and premonitions and they have never misled her and always come true.
As the business flourishes Clare meets Dan when he helps her gather up some books that she has dropped. Jo instantly feels that Dan is `not right' and she has an image of Clare in hospital. Clare shrugs this off blaming Jo's own health worries for her feelings of discomfort. Clare is falling in love and doesn't want to heed Jo's warnings.
The bookshop, Merrilies, soon becomes a popular meeting place for the townsfolk. A small café serves light refreshments, the members of the book group bond and help each other through both happy and trying times, and a fund raising campaign is organised to send a sick seven year old, Annie, a frequent and well-loved visitor to Merrilies, to swim with dolphins, as this therapy has proved to positively help her condition.
With the good news abundant, truly shocking events interrupt celebrations within the book group and Jo is left reeling. When a stalker starts leaving suggestive messages first on the phone of one of the book group's members, then underneath her windscreen wipers and finally at her home it looks as though the help of the police might be the best and safest solution.
This is a really engaging novel with characters that are both well drawn and endearing. The story gathers momentum with many interesting twists and turns, some joyous, some sad and with some worrying scenarios. Modern issues are tackled sensitively and the story is exciting and well paced. I thoroughly enjoyed `Chapters of Life' and read it within a day, keen to find out the resolutions to several different and varied strands of the story. I can wholeheartedly recommend this as a very worthwhile read.