AUTHOR: LIZ BYRSKI • GENRE: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 341 • RRP: $32.99 • RELEASE DATE: 10 July 2018 • PUBLISHER: PAN MACMILLAN AUSTRALIA
For over ten years, Ros, Adele, Judy and Simone have been in an online book club, but they have never met face to face. Until now…
Determined to enjoy her imminent retirement, Adele invites her fellow bibliophiles to help her house-sit in the Blue Mountains. It’s a tantalising opportunity to spend a month walking in the fresh air, napping by the fire and, of course, reading and talking about books.
But these aren’t just any books: each member has been asked to choose a book which will teach the others more about her. And with each woman facing a crossroads in her life, it turns out there’s a lot for them to learn, not just about their fellow book-clubbers, but also about themselves.
I loved the idea of this book, four book club friends meeting and discussing books. Yes they are all older ladies, but I am not ageist especially in my reading. Unfortunately though, for me, this book fell flat.
It was just too much emotional drama. So many long-winded deep and meaningful conversations. Even the way that they analyse their books was exhausting, yes they set an assignment but it seemed improbable that they all had these existential crisis going on. I just wanted some light-hearted conversation without the underlying “meaning” which the author felt compelled to spell out for us even though it was obvious. I actually found myself trying to speed read just so it was finished because you could see plain as day how it would end.
I also struggled with the fact they were having these “awakening” in what was essentially a bubble. They were in a house together in the Blue Mountains for weeks. I remember being quite a different person when I was at camp as a teenager but eventually when I came home and reality settled in, I remained the person I had always been. I feel that give the characters a year and they will slip back into their regular ways.
Older readers may find this book enjoyable but it just didn’t resonate with me. I might actually pass it onto my husband grandmother to see her thoughts.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼ 2.5/5 teacups
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This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Happy reading x