#BookReview THREE WOMEN AND A BOAT by ANNE YOUNGSON @HJ_Barnes

ABOUT THE BOOK


Eve expected Sally to come festooned with suitcases and overnight bags packed with everything she owned, but she was wrong. She arrived on foot, with a rucksack and a carrier bag.
‘I just walked away,’ she said, climbing on to the boat. Eve knew what she meant

Meet Eve, who has departed from her thirty-year career to become a Free Spirit; Sally, who has waved goodbye to her indifferent husband and two grown-up children; and Anastasia: defiantly independent narrowboat-dweller, suddenly vulnerable as she awaits a life-saving operation.

Inexperienced and ill-equipped, Sally and Eve embark upon a journey through the canals of England, guided by the remote and unsympathetic Anastasia. As they glide gently – and not so gently – through the countryside, the eccentricities and challenges of canalboat life draw them inexorably together, and a tender and unforgettable story unfolds.

Disarmingly truthful and narrated with a rare, surprising wit, THREE WOMEN AND A BOAT is a journey over the glorious waterways of England and into the unfathomable depths of the human heart.


PUBLISHED BY DOUBLEDAY


PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon

hive.co.uk
blackwell’s

MY REVIEW


What a wonderfully touching and funny book this was! If you’re looking for a hug in bookish form then look no further! It sweeps you up and gives you that embracing squeeze that we could all do with right now!!

It’s a story of 3 women who come together for a little adventure on the waterways of England, while dealing with personal problems that have brought them together in the first place. They often say that the world works in mysterious ways, and it was only by chance that Eve, Sally and Anastasia came to be in each others lives to start with, and they prove to be the tonic they all need!

Eve has left her career behind her to become a free spirit, Sally has walked out on her husband and kids to find herself, and Anastasia is facing a dark time in her life with illness so the story begins with their paths crossing and what led to their extraordinary adventure!

The impact each woman has on each other is so empowering and heartwarming. It also shows the effect that others can have on you, be it from just offering a different opinion on a problem to giving people the confidence to move on in their lives. As they were older women, I loved their spirit and their honesty and their ‘can do’ attitudes! I loved being on the journey with them, and the characters that they met along the way which really showed the community feel of the boat world in which they found themselves.

This is a story of hope and friendship and it was a wonderful read.

★★★★★

My thanks to Hayley at Transworld Books for my advanced reading copy, in return for a fair and honest review.

#BlogTour Meet Me At The Museum by Anne Youngson #BookReview

Extremely delighted to be the lastest stop on the Blog Tour for this wonderful book that has already gone on to my favourite books of 2018 list!! I loved it!  So thank you to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for letting me be part of this tour!

So here’s a little more about this stunning book that I hope can help persuade you to make it one of your next reads!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sometimes it takes a stranger to really know who you are When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn’t expect a reply. When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, nor does he. They’re both searching for something, they just don’t know it yet. Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn’t remember choosing. Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina’s letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair. Can their unexpected friendship survive

* Hardcover: 224 pages

* Publisher: Doubleday (17 May 2018)

* Language: English

* ISBN-10: 0857525514

* ISBN-13: 978-0857525512

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Hive.co.uk – buy online and support a local bookstore

Book Depository

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ANNE YOUNGSON worked for many years in senior management in the car industry before embarking on a creative career as a writer. She has supported many charities in governance roles, including Chair of the Writers in Prison Network, which provided residencies in prisons for writers. She lives in Oxfordshire and is married with two children and three grandchildren to date. MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM is her debut novel, which is due to be published around the world.

MY REVIEW

I always like to be surprised by a book and this one definitely did that! I loved it!!! The premise is astonishingly simple – 2 strangers writing to each other with a 2,000 year old bog man at the centre of their bond – and the result is that we get to read their letters and see how 2 different people from 2 different worlds can feel so free to share their thoughts and fears through the power of words written on paper, or via emails and how touching and strong that bond becomes.

Tina is from Suffolk and has written a letter to a curator of a Danish museum as she looks back on her childhood and is trying to make sense of decisions she has made over the years. She doesn’t expect a reply, but Anders seems intrigued by this initial letter and replies. What then follows is a wonderful study of two characters who find life easier to explain to each other in letter form, sharing some deep and personal thoughts, and by opening up it allows them to see their own lives and decisions more clearer.

The letter writing style is so different with each character – Tina writes in a much softer style, from the heart whereas Anders letters are quite straight-laced and to the point and this offers a great insight into each character. With both characters they both realise that getting older makes you analyse more aspects of your life, what makes an event important and questioning your place in the world.

They open up to each other about their families, their childhoods, their lives now – happy and sad moments – and it seems to be a great help to each other to have this ‘stranger’ willing to listen and offer advice and a new perspective on things.

I loved this beautiful story and became so wrapped up in these characters lives! It was about 2 people finding something that they didn’t know they needed! It was beautifully crafted and once I had the book open I didn’t close it until I had read the last page.

Highly recommended and definitely one of my favourite books of 2018!