Walking and Talking Book Review

The Page Turners ‘Novel’ Approach to Book Reviewing

Due to the current Welsh government lockdown restrictions on people meeting inside, the Page Turners have had to think of novel (great pun, Babs) ways of keeping in touch. As inclement weather ruled out meeting in a garden, as on two previous occasions,” Walking Books” was proposed.

Page Turners pulled on their walking boots and arranged to meet at the playing fields, to walk and talk about the latest book. Luckily the sun shone and the group walked, in pairs, maintaining the recommended 2 metres social distance, around the perimeter of the field. The book under discussion was the first in a series of books about adopted sisters,

“The Seven Sisters” by Lucinda Riley.

Lucinda claims she wrote the books to celebrate the achievements of women, especially in the past, where often their achievements are overshadowed by those of men. In the book we read, the main character, Maia D’Apilese travels across the world from Switzerland to Rio Dr Janeiro to search for her heritage…and finds love..and family. Reviewers of the book describe the novel in glowing terms, “delicious”, “compelling” , “spellbinding”. The Page Turners were divided in their opinions. Babs and Jenny enjoyed the first book and have already embarked on the book about the next sister. May thought it was a good easy read to escape into during these covid times. Helen could not think of one good word to describe the book, and would definitely not be finishing the series! A mark of 7 was given to what all agreed was an easy read. The highlight of the meeting was when Jenny produced truly delicious homemade cake and tea in a flask from her rucksack, which she had carried around the field throughout the discussions! Very resourceful from Jenny and very well appreciated by all.

Our next Walking Books venue is the Knap….a healthy body maintains a healthy mind..