Timothy Gandy has kept his lifetime’s ambition secret for forty years.
Now, suddenly (if tragically) released from the hen-pecked tedium of his ordinary existence, he is unexpectedly free to realize his dreams.
He will embark on a Grand Tour of Europe, following in the footsteps of the aristocrats of the eighteenth century.
He anticipates high art, culture and pleasant weather. He never expected to encounter new friendships – and possibly even love – along the way.
It seems that Mr Gandy has embarked on the journey of a lifetime…
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Paperback – out 4th May 2017
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They say you find the right book for the right time, and this was definitely one of those experiences! A grey cloudy bank holiday, and feeling under the weather I was looking for an escape read and this delivered rewardingly on that front!
This is the story of Timothy Gandy who has lived a very normal and comfortable life, with his wife and 3 children and never seemed to really expect much out of life. But a sudden sad event gives him the momentum to live out his dream of experiencing a Grand Tour and to travel throughout Europe. And for a quiet, recently retired man it brings about some unexpected revelations!
I love the way Alan Titchmarsh writes as he really allows the reader to connect with the characters and the circumstances they find themselves in. We get glimpses of family life, and it is fascinating to live inside Timothys’ head as he encounters new experiences and how life ends up often surprising you.
His children are all so different and it was fascinating to see how he interacted with all of them, and how his thoughts about them could be so far from the truth – when space and time apart allows them all to be honest with each other.
This was a really enjoyable read and did a wonderful job of brightening up my grey day!!
Thank you to the publishers and BookBridgr for the paperback copy in return for a fair and honest review.