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Book review..Learning to Speak American by Colette Dartford


Review by Ceri Wheeldon

 

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How do you move on with your life following the death of a child?

This is the main question running through Colette Dartford’s first novel. Three years following the death of their only child, Lola and Duncan find themselves functioning but not really living as they go about the motions of their daily lives.

Each dealing with their grief in very different ways a chance visit to a derelict house in California offers them a seed of hope and happiness.  As restoration of the house progresses Lola feels herself slowly coming back to life…but can their marriage find that lost spark that died with their daughter?

As we  follow both Lola and Duncan’s  journeys we see them come to terms with loss, grief, love and life. New friendships, new perspectives, new beginnings.

Sensitively written, the characters are both believable and likable.

It is also a book about midlife and expectations , changing priorities, forgiveness reinvention.

A moving book , I found myself sympathising with both characters.

Well worth taking a break from the Christmas madness and having a relaxed read!

Colette also shares her tips for creating a career in writing.

 

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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