Sometimes it takes losing something to see where you truly belong.
For the past twenty-nine years, Kay Bright’s days have had a familiar rhythm: she works in her husband’s stationery shop hoping to finally sell the legendary gold pen, cooks for her family, tries to remember to practise yoga, and every other month she writes to her best friend, Ursula. Kay could set her calendar by their letters: her heart lifts when the blue airmail envelope, addressed in Ursula’s slanting handwriting, falls gently onto the mat.
But now Ursula has stopped writing and everything is a little bit worse.
Ursula is the only one who knows Kay’s deepest secret, something that happened decades ago that could tear Kay’s life apart today. She has always been the person Kay relies on.
Worried, Kay gets out her shoebox of Ursula’s letters and as she reads, her unease starts to grow. And then at ten o’clock in the morning, Kay walks out of her yellow front door with just a rucksack, leaving her wedding ring on the table…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The day that Kay walked out on her husband after 29 years, wasn’t because anything happened, it was more because nothing ever happened. Life was just one safe day after another of doing the same thing every day. They never went anywhere but something had changed.
Kay and her old school friend Bear had written to each other as regular as clockwork after Bear had gone to Australia with her family at 15. But for a couple of months, there had been nothing. Kay found a list among the letters that she had written years ago. ‘Things to do before I am 30’ but she had only done one of those, she had a baby. Now in her fifties, she was going to rewrite her list and live some.
Although this is a sort of journey of discovery for Kay everyone seemed to make it their tragedy. Her husband was hopeless, her daughter a hilarious pessimist and son was laying low. Mostly the story follows Kay and her daughter Stella as they both have major changes going on in their lives.
Kay conquers mountains, travels to the other side of the world and finds that you have to live for today because tomorrow may never come. I loved Stella from the first page she materialised on she just made me laugh so much. It isn’t a book about losing love it is a book about embracing and appreciating living in the moment and looking back with a fuzzy feeling for what you have had. Beautiful characters, wonderful friends and new beginnings.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have been told that I write like a tall blonde, so that’s how I’d like you to picture me.
I’ve published four novels. The most recent came out in January 2020. I’ve also published two non-fiction books. I work as a book coach and creative writing tutor.
Before writing books, I did a lot of different jobs. I worked in schools, shops, offices, hospitals, students’ unions, basements, from home, in my car, and up a tree. OK, not up a tree. I’ve been a sexual health trainer, a journalist, a psychology lecturer, a PhD student, a lousy alcohol counsellor, and an inept audio-typist. I sold pens, bread, and condoms. Not in the same shop. I taught parents how to tell if their teenagers are taking drugs (clue: they act like teenagers), and taught teenagers how to put on condoms (clue: there won’t really be a cucumber). I taught rabbis how to tell if their teenagers are druggedly putting condoms on cucumbers.
Throughout this, I always wrote, and always drank a lot of tea. I’m now pretty much unbeatable at drinking tea.