Back on the reading challenge front!! And book 13 has now been finished! This wasn’t one of the books on my original list, but I found it while having a clearout and it fitted perfectly for the larger element of my challenge – 460 pages – and I found the audio version on the library Borrowbox app so I could listen to it as well!
It was a little different to what I was expecting but still made for an enjoyable read!
ABOUT THE BOOK
How can you pack for the journey of a lifetime?
George Baxter has settled for a comfortable life, content as the years unfold predictably – until Win, his wife of twenty-six years, dies.
With his loyal dog Monty by his side, George throws himself into his work as an antiques dealer. His business is at the heart of the village and all sorts pass through the doors, each person in search of their own little piece of history.
When George meets local widow Sylvia Newsome, he imagines a different kind of future. But life has more revelations to offer him. Over the course of an English summer George uncovers some unexpected mysteries from his past, which could shape his tomorrows . . .
Published by Pan MacMillan
This was a sweet and gentle paced read following George as he tries to get on with life following the death of his wife. He sees this as an opportunity to grab life and try new adventures but when faced with choices it seems he doesn’t really know what he wants and it shows him how much he misses his wife and realises how he may have taken her for granted while she was always around.
With his faithful dog, Monty, by his side there are many humorous observations to be had by the reader as you see him dealing with life on his own -always seemingly surrounded by a number of helpful (!) women who seem only too keen to care for him which he often takes full advantage of.
I didn’t connect too well with George as he wasn’t the most likeable of characters – at first he seemed almost relived that his wife had died and would blame her for the fact he’d not been more adventurous and missed out on a few things because of her.
It does a great job of showing the minefields of dating when you’re older, and the whole process of moving on and becoming too set in your ways to enjoy a change in routine. There was a big twist at the end which came out of nowhere which did add an extra element to the story and I think I would have liked more of that, than him dealing with various women throwing themselves at him! But it still made for an enjoyable read, and I listened to some of the audio version too which was brilliantly read and brought to life.