Painting Bananas is all about love, dreams, and taking stock.
Two happy couples, one person from each on the verge of change. But as paths cross and plans unfold, will their spouses reveal their true colours?
Alison struggles with insomnia. She also hates her job and fantasizes about throttling her irritating oaf-of-a boss. Thankfully, her lifelong plan to return to university will soon be realized. After supporting her husband in his career for over twenty years, it’s now her turn. He’s rooting for her every step of the way. Or so she thinks.
Meanwhile, Christopher has a wake-up call with his health. Somehow, pre-diabetes has replaced his six-pack. He must take stock immediately. He realises that the perfect solution is right under his nose. He can’t wait to share his brilliant idea with his wife. The future looks good. But does she agree?
Will the spouses show their support? Or will Alison and Christopher start to wonder whether they really know their other halves?
Painting Bananas was written and formatted with British grammar, punctuation and humour. It is the second novel in Amanda Paull’s Cherry Dene series but can be read as a standalone story.
A Fabulous, Entertaining Read!
This is my first book by Amanda Paull – but it certainly won’t be my last; she is my kind of author!
Alison likes her job – or she did until a new boss moved into her department. With years of insomnia under her belt, she harbours notions of getting violent with the idiot. All that keeps her going is looking forward to heading back to university; after putting her studies on hold to support her husband in his whilst raising their twins, her time is about to dawn and she’s sure that husband Martin is fully supportive. Christopher has always been the sole breadwinner, providing his wife with a very high standard of living but, with health issues raising their heads, some changes need to be made and he thinks he has the perfect answer – but can he depend on his wife to get behind him?
I love this one so much that I’ve already purchased the first in series to enjoy during my festive break. I adore this author’s style of writing, taking two separate stories and making tentative contact between them at first, leading to so much more. The situations both characters find themselves in are entirely plausible, making for a terrific read. The characterisation is fantastic; Alison’s in-laws, in particular, made me laugh out loud on several occasions! As with general society, there is a great cross-section of traits spread among the cast and it all adds up to a fabulous, entertaining read which I really cannot fault. Absolutely worth all five sparkling stars!
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources both for forwarding my copy of the novel and my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s humorous fiction
- Format: ebook
- Size: 301 pages
- Publication Date: 19 August 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55037023
Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She lives in the North East of England with her husband and works in the public sector. The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Apaullfiction