Release date - 25th July 2016
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
On the outside, Sarah Lacey has a perfect life - living in London with her husband Hugo, her two beautiful little girls, working from home as a freelance writer, and looking in on her special great-aunt Ines. But looks can be deceiving. Sarah is lost. Unhappy in her marriage which has become stale, with a man who is more of a roommate than a husband. So when Sarah gets offered a writing commission that will take her to Portugal, she jumps at the chance. Even though it brings back her memories of her short time there all those years ago. That unbelievable time that will forever live in her heart. Her time with him...
But her own experience is not the only link that Sarah has to Portugal - after all, Ines is Portuguese. Her wonderful stories and beautiful descriptions of Portugal always made Sarah long to be there. And when Ines finds out that Sarah is returning to her homeland, she gives Sarah her journal from all those years ago and asks her to take it on her journey with her. When Sarah arrives in Lisbon, nothing will ever be the same again, for the man who stole her heart all those years ago is also visiting. But there is nothing wrong with two old friends catching up, is there? As Sarah tries to work her way through her own feelings of regret, loss, and lack of identity, reading Ines's journal seems to show echoes of her own feelings. But the more that Sarah learns about Ines, the more she realises that she never really knew her great-aunt at all. With her family at stake, will unravelling Ines's past help Sarah figure out her future?
GARDEN OF STARS by Rose Alexander is a stunning debut novel, rich in detail and brimming with emotion. Sarah is unsatisfied with herself and her marriage, and even though she tries, she cannot help but feel ignored and invisible. When she grasps the opportunity to spend time with the man that has always been hiding in her heart, she is caught between trying to relive her past and trying to fight for her future. Throughout the novel, learning about Ines through her journal added a deeper meaning and emotional understanding of life and love, and the heartache that is woven through the happier times. Ines is my favourite character because of her inner-strength and determination to keep going. Through beautiful detail, Portugal comes alive in this story which makes this novel even more special. GARDEN OF STARS by Rose Alexander is a compelling read about life, love, and trying to find your sense of self, and I highly recommend it.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Rose has had more careers than is probably strictly necessary, including TV
producer / director making programmes for all the major broadcasters, freelance feature
writer for publications including The Guardian and secondary school English teacher, not
forgetting cocktail waitress, melon picker and interior designer.
Writing a novel is, however predictable the line seems, the realisation of Rose’s childhood dream and the result of finally finding ‘a voice’. The triumph is that the voice was heard above the racket created by her three children plus rescue cat (tabby white, since you ask). Rose likens the experience of penning Garden of Stars, a multi-layered love story, to another recent achievement of learning to ice-skate: progress is two-slides-forward-one-back; insecurity, self-doubt and despondence reign supreme; onlookers laugh, mock or even worse, smile indulgently.... But the finished manuscript, polished and pristine, is like the perfect pirouette performed on freshly raked ice. (Rose can’t do pirouettes yet, obviously, they just made the best simile.) Rose is currently working on several new projects including a novel based on a relative’s true story of an epic journey as a ‘flüchtlinge’, fleeing the vengeance of the rampaging Red Army as Nazi Germany collapsed. For more information:
Website - www.rosealexander.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/RoseA_writer
*Book received from author in exchange for an honest review
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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