Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
My book for this week was Count The Petals Of The Moon Daisy by Martin Kirby. An alcoholic and violinist extraordinare Jessica goes to spend a few days in an old cottage in Norfolk. She only does it to satisfy the please of her old music teacher, and friend, Rudi and has no intention of staying there.
However, she discovers an old journal written by a past inhabitant, a woman called Anna. Soon she discovers a passion she forgot she had, in trying to find out about Anna's life beyond the journal.
At first when I started reading the book, I wasn't so keen. I wasn't keen on reading about the struggles of a recovering alcoholic and her self indulgent lamenting about how life's so hard and 'woe is me' etc. But actually, the recovery is played out in a very different way. Through being out in the fresh air, away from the chaos of the city, Jessica finally finds herself, and it's not the person she was before the drinking either.
The book can be a little disjointed at times. You don't find out what happens to Rudi, after he's taken ill. The fact that Jessica doesn't seem to have any withdrawel symptoms even though she was a full on alcoholic is also a bit iffy. But when you come to the end of the book, it is a really good ending. It ties up everything really neatly and it certainly made me smile. Stick with it, you'll find it gets better and better as you go on, although you might need to draw a family tree to help you remember all the names from Anna's journal, I did get a bit confused at times. Bit of a background character swamping.
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