Written by Joy M. Lilley
The Patterson family leaves the U.K. to begin a new life in France.
St Severin, in the Dordogne, provides the backdrop for the family’s new home and all of the life-changing obstacles they are about to encounter. Maisie, who is almost seventeen, narrates this unpredictable story.
Maisie struggles as she experiences the changes of coming of age, the pain of loss, and the rollercoaster ride of competing love interests. Maisie’s older brother, Dan, rebels over the move and frequently threatens to return to England when his studies are over.
Dan starts an affair with a married French woman. After a few months in France, he goes missing which begins to unravel the family. What starts as an exciting move becomes more difficult with each passing chapter.
Maisie is left navigating this complicated new world, all while trying to plan the rest of her adult life.
Gentle Tale, With it’s Own Charm!
This is a gentle story, which has a light charm all of it’s own but, for me, lacked substance.
With a lack of jobs for Jack, redundant dad, in the UK, he heads off to France where he secures not only work but with accommodation included. Returning home to pack up, the Patterson family set of for the Dordogne region – Mum, Dad and two older teenagers. Whilst Dan and Maisie settle in to the culture and language more easily than they thought through attending school – but missing their friends and life back home – the adults struggle with everything thrown in their path. This story is told by sixteen-year-old Maisie.
This is a very easy read, but, I thought, a bit inconsistent. It includes a bit of a mystery, and I was disappointed in how that unfolded. Maisie’s story blew a bit hot and cold, but was a nice read. Having said that, I don’t think I’m really the target audience for this one. Overall, there is merit in this novel but, in my opinion, a little editing would make it sharper and eliminate the few errors that there are. The basis of a good story is there though, and after considerable thought I’ve settled on 2.5*.
My thanks to the author for providing my copy. As always, all opinions are strictly honest and entirely my own.
Tags: Coming-of-Age fiction, YA
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 246 pages
- Publisher: Long Overdue Books
- Publication Date: 4 April 2019
- Purchase Links: amazon
Hello everyone,my name is Joy Gerken pen name Joy M. Lilley.
I am a published author with 4 novels, to date.
My career was as a trained nurse from which I retired in 2008.Thus, time became available to seriously follow my dream to become a writer.
I am a wife, mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Family life is busy and I love it.
I enjoy travelling, gardening and doing my voice over work.