How many of us have gone on holiday, either alone or with friends or family, and been reluctant to return home? I know I’ve been in this situation and there can be many reasons. Not wanting to return to humdrum life, not happy at home, or simply wanting a breathing space from everyday life.
As the title tells us, this book is about a breathing space for Lydia.
Hyde Island has provided her with a glorious place to paint and get away from family and obligations in Toronto, but when it comes time to return, she refuses to go back. This woman is clever and resourceful and finds herself a job and a place to stay while she tries to decide where her future will lead her. Freedom is the feeling she experiences on the island, but she knows it can’t last forever.
Lydia’s story pulled me gently into a soft relaxing time, with a little jolt every now and again to make me aware I had to think of the future too. All the way through the book I tried to guess if she would return to her life, start a completely new one or compromise. I got it wrong, but I’m not going to put in a spoiler. I definitely enjoyed this book and would be happy to read it again, or read another of Ms May’s stories.
One last thing I must say is I loved the cover. It encompassed exactly what the book was about and drew my attention in before the opening words.
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