Never Too Old
One Lucky Summer by Jenny Oliver is a powerful contemporary novel about overcoming the past.
Childhood friends meet again after many years. As they explore old haunts, the past memories come flooding back. Some have been imprisoned by the past. They need to face it, deal with it and move forwards into the future.
We witness that fears we had as children will remain as we grow older unless we change our outlook or our behaviour. We see a character afraid to love and who therefore keeps others at arm’s length.
Actions of parents impact their children for life. There was an event in childhood which looms large in the lives of three adults even now.
The Summer We Ran Away by Jenny Oliver is the most delightfully refreshing contemporary novel about friendship, life and love.
Friendships may be complicated affairs – new friendships are often about trying to fit in. Real friendships are like a pair of comfy slippers. Jenny Oliver examines false and real friendships. She shows how clicky, cruel and hurtful some can be. A real friendship is one where someone loves you enough to tell you the truth in love.
Keeping up with the Joneses is exhausting. Far better to live in the freedom to be ‘you.’
The novel explores various marriages and relationships. We see just how important it is to cherish your spouse and to be thankful for the life we have built together.
The House We Called Home by Jenny Oliver is a fabulous contemporary family novel that will awaken your senses to the world around you.
Life can easily slip into a mundane pattern. Everyone from children to teens to adults find life predictable and unexciting. Life, as shown online seems to be perfect and ideal for everyone but you. Life is passing you by, so what do you do? If you escape for a while, will anyone notice? Or care?
The novel explores that life is for living. It is for trying something new and for rediscovering old passions. It is for giving others permission to be themselves. Too often we settle into roles – daughter, wife, mother – when really we just want to be ‘me.’
The House We Called Home shows what happens to relationships and dynamics when everyone, including the house, is remodeled.