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The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay by Andrea Gillies

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Nina is convalescing in Greece after a road accident. She has returned to her honeymoon island of twenty-five years ago to find calm after separating from her husband Paolo. Nina grew up in a Scottish village and married one of her best friends, the elder of two boys who lived next door. In her hospital bed she reflects on her life and her obsessive relationship with the younger brother. Did she marry the wrong boy? Something happened and this remains a mystery until near the end. Nina also receives attention from the local doctor. Due to her accident her ex-husband flies out to help her. We follow two tales, Nina’s life until and now and her current recovery period, and wonder which man she will eventually settle for.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. On holiday on a small Greek island, Nina is hit by a bus. As she recovers in hospital, she realises that the holiday was an attempt to escape her past. Fleeing the emotional upheaval of her disastrous relationship with two brothers – her husband and her brother-in-law – she wonders if she can find new love and a new life on the island. But as time passes, Nina recognises that she needs to understand her past and who she is in order to move forward with her life. This is a novel about a woman who finally gains self-awareness, but the description of the Greek island, is also incredibly beautiful.
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The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay by Andrea Gillies

Growing up in a Scottish village, best friends with the boys next door, Nina Findlay thinks her life will unfold like an old folktale. She ends up marrying one of those boys, remaining best friends with the other. For many years the three of them assure themselves that the triangle is stable. The triangle is stable, until Nina's sister-in-law dies and the whole delicate balance is thrown into chaos. It's stable until, one fateful evening, her brother-in-law appears on her doorstep. Separated from her husband and encouraged to take a break, Nina travels to a small island in Greece - the same one she'd gone to on honeymoon 25 years earlier - and is involved in a serious road accident. While convalescing in the village hospital, and filled by what the doctor calls survivor's euphoria , Nina can't stop thinking and remembering and obsessing about the details of the past. An old diary she's brought with her proves to be a turning point. Perhaps romantic love is always a kind of undiagnosed madness. The time has come, she realises, to unravel the taut knot of her life -

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Andrea Gillies

Andrea Gillies lives in St Andrews with her family and is now writing a novel.

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26th March 2014


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320 pages


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