The Gift of Time

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Sunday afternoon my sailor had some man stuff to do (tracking down a bunch of boats he’d found on Used Victoria.)

My boy needed a new hoodie so the two of us headed to the mall. We used to shop together all the time, but now–not so much.

My boy’s not a browser like me so our day at the mall only lasted about fifteen minutes–the time it took to try on three almost identical hoodies and select the preferred model.

On the way home we passed a movie theatre.

“Hey,” my boy said. “The Amazing Spider Man starts in fifteen minutes. Do you think we could watch it?”

I had about sixteen different things to do at home. It was Spider Man. (Did I mention I’m terrified of spiders and I don’t much like action movies based on comic books?)

“Absolutely!”

During the credits my boy gave me the Coles notes version of the first Amazing Spider Man. (Apparently this was a sequel.)

Afterwards we discussed the finer points of the plot and the possibility of another chapter in the franchise.

An entire afternoon out with my boy! It was the best Mother’s Day present I could have asked for.

I don’t even need a card on Sunday.

Living Life Backwards

011Peter Wells who blogs at Counting Ducks sent me an electronic copy of his new novel, Living Life Backwards.

I enjoyed Living Life Backwards and recommend it to others.

It’s a short novel and an easy read. It’s not action-packed, but relies on evolving family relationships and character growth to drive the plot.

The protagonist and narrator, Bill, has married into a close-knit family who live in a seaside village. (My secret dream is to live in a pretty English village so I love this setting.)

Living Live Backwards drew me in and hooked me right from the start. There’s an element of suspense that begins on page one and doesn’t resolve itself until the final chapter.

Throughout the novel Bill reveals snippets of information about himself and the circumstances that brought him into his wife Katie’s life. We also learn about Katie’s extended family, particularly Misty, Katie’s cousin and a pivotal character in the novel.

Living Life Backwards is not all aga saga set in the village. There’s international travel, which makes the over-protective families slightly nervous, and the totally modern concept of internet dating that doesn’t turn out quite as expected.

The ending is surprising, but believeable and satisfying.

Anglophones who love village stories should read Living Life Backwards. So should readers who enjoy character development and gentle suspense.