What a privilege to be included in this book tour of Jane Riley’s second novel, which tells a charming story of life, loss and life after loss. Thank you Lake Union and FMcM Associates for the opportunity!
Geraldine Verne loses her husband, Jack, in their old age. After a life of adventure and butterfly collecting, Geri’s life seems suddenly empty. Her “crutch”, both metaphorically and literally, is a red suitcase. While helping her walk around the house after a fall, it also contains Jack’s ashes, which Geri talks to and, to some extent, uses to bypass her grief rather than facing it head on. As you can imagine, this was never going to last… Instead, it’s Lottie, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, who will spark the change Geri needs to keeping living.
Though seemingly sad in subject matter, Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase is unquestionably joyful overall. With heart wrenching moments that tackle the enormity of infertility, and anecdotal musings on the little things in life which ultimately make it meaningful, this is an uplifting read which I think will make readers smile during what is a pretty uncertain and stressful time at the moment.
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