The Witch’s Tree by Elena Collins is a marvellous dual timeline novel that completely enthralled me from the start.
The action is set in Somerset in 1682 and present day. Both time periods are linked by an old house in which each main character lives.
The leading ladies lives mirror each other as an invisible thread unites them down the years. Both have known betrayal and sadness.
The house retains an atmosphere down the years which has repelled many until one empathetic soul reaches out across the years.
Celebrating The Simple Things
A Year Of Mr Maybes by Judy Leigh is the most delightful contemporary novel about living your life to the full whatever your age.
It was so refreshing to have the leading characters in their seventies and eighties. Traditionally, people think of slowing down as they get older – but not this wonderful bunch of people. Life is for living. And life is for living now.
We get out of life what we put in. Within the novel we meet some very high energy characters who come together to make their village a better, cleaner, greener place. They are very community minded – needs are identified and met. New faces are made welcome.
The characters bounce off each other as friendships are formed. They bring out the best in each other – whether in their 20’s or 80’s. I loved the wise young man of twenty five with autism who dispensed wisdom to seventy year olds. We are never too old to learn lessons from the young.
Never Too Old
The Age Of Misadventure by Judy Leigh is a really fun contemporary novel, delightfully composed that had me laughing out loud throughout – not one to read in public!
The novel is about family and female companionship. Normal but isolated lives are suddenly interrupted as an eighty eight year old accompanies her two fifty something nieces as they go on a trip to escape what is awaiting them at home, through no fault of their own.
Where there were three ladies whom life had individually squashed, together they find love and life and care. As they begin to try new things and enjoy life together, their love for each other shines through.
Letting go of our children and giving them wings to fly is hard, no matter how old they are. It is hard not to hold on and stifle them.
The Three Amigos
The Golden Girls Getaway by Judy Leigh is a really fun contemporary novel that brightened a cold winter’s day.
The novel celebrates friendship as three ladies in their seventies and eighties travel in a camper van to the West Country, Wales and Yorkshire. They show that you are never too old to have fun and to try new things. Life is for living no matter what age you are.
London life is in complete contrast to the road trip. It is cold, isolating and lonely. In contrast life on the open road brings freedom and friendship, opening up the lives of all who meet the ladies. All three ladies begin to bond, to bud and to blossom on the road trip.
The Golden Girls Getaway is a really delightful read. I adored the three main characters who knew how to put the fun into life. No sitting around indoors for them.