Sunday, 20 September 2015
Marriage, a journey and a Dog
Gerry, the husband to Natalie, loves all things sporty.
Gerry is on a cycling tour of France when he meets with an unfortunate, but non-fatal, accident.
Being the good wife that she is, Natalie leaves her ordinary home in the sleepy market town in southern England to collect her wounded husband.
However, all does not go well. In her elderly Fiat, and with Spike (her canine companion) she heads for France. But once she crosses the English Channel, she realises that she is stumped by her inability to read maps and she becomes, hopelessly, lost.
She finds herself in Paris and, somehow, her inner self is re-awakened. She finds herself looking at the Venus de Milo statue and she wonders if the Goddess of love might be able to assist her by resolving the conflicts that are causing problems within her marriage?
She traverses France, seeing the artistic and cultural wonders of Loire. Cognac, Lourdes and a trans-Pyrenean journey that eventually finds her leaving France and ending up in Barcelona in Spain.
She meets a variety of men, including lorry drivers, buskers, bullfighters and even a glider pilot.
When she meets with Alex on a boat on the river Charente, there's a possibility of an illicit love affair .
She returns home to redundancy from her nothing job, a marriage that is adrift in a sea of difficulties and yet... her journey of self-discovery has not gone unnoticed. Her return is heralded by the media and Natalie realises that nothing need remain the same. She is offered a commission as a journalist to write travel articles about the joys of lone travel.
As her world seems to be falling apart at her 40th birthday party, it becomes clear to Natalie that she now has the opportunity to strike out on a new life path both in terms of her career and also her new found love.
This book is published by Matador at £7.99 and will make an ideal Christmas gift for the lover of romantic novels.
It is available through the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop which is to the right of the site.