Leave A Lasting Legacy
The Saturday Morning Park Run by Jules Wake is the most wonderful contemporary novel about love and family and friendship. It celebrates what is most important – family and home.
The main characters are delightful and a real eclectic mix – a septuagenarian, a young woman and man, two children and a stray dog. They all have needs from loneliness to workaholics (“I’d lost some good friends over the years, sacrificed on the alter of my job.”) to feeling unloved and homeless. They are all in need of rescuing from their situations. As individual needs are identified, they are met with much love.
We witness unconditional love in action as each character has the capacity to love and be loved – even a stray dog.
They story revolves around the institution of a park run. It is hoped to bring a park to life and to provide for health needs and community interaction. As people come together, lives open and blossom.
As the novel progresses, characters evaluate their lives to decide what is really important. What legacy do they want to leave? Stuff and jobs are worthless in comparison with love and relationships.
The book is written in the first person. This enables the reader to really ‘experience’ the highs and lows along with the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Saturday Morning Park Run. It was a really fun read, warm and welcoming, amusing and full of love. I adored the characters. I adored the story. I cannot wait for more from Jules Wake.