One of my holiday reads was Scarlet Feather by the incredible understated talent of Maeve Binchy. She takes everyday life and makes it compelling with a wonderful cast of characters - whose lives weave in and out of each other - and the endearing Irish atmosphere. On the face of it, this is a book about a catering business. She starts with something as simple as that and turns it into a charming, utterly captivating "I cannot put this book down" story. She reveals so much about the characters through their own dialogue and paints just enough of a picture through her descriptive text. This combination keeps the story moving and more importantly keeps you hooked! What I find fascinating is the way she unfolds her characters before your very eyes and how she takes you on a journey with them - usually a steep and unyielding learning curve. Take for example the 9 year old twins Maud and Simon. You utterly detest them at the start when they are stuck up little brats, but gradually through their actions and words and circumstance, you come to love them with all of your heart. In my humble opinion, this is what makes Maeve and her stories so great and I look forward to the next one!
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.