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April 2014 Debut of the Month.
A gorgeously generous, warm-hearted read, which will hold your hand as you face a poignant wave of emotions. Take in Rachel’s everyday reality, a reality where she is desperately trying to wrest back control of her household, her emotions, her life. The author encourages you to actively care about Rachel and her extended family, you urge her to succeed and noisily cheer her on as she tackles each obstacle placed (and sometimes hurled) in her path. The descriptions, particularly of the Care Home residents, are so vivid and eloquent you can see, hear and sometimes even smell each character. With some genuine, laugh out loud moments to be had along the way, this book is a little treasure!
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Beautiful day is Kate Anthony's poignant and heart warming debut novel. Today is the day that things are going to change for Rachel Bidewell. She will walk through the doors of Clifton Avenue Care Home and start a new life. Rachel is returning to work. And as she discovers, juggling a new job, three children and an ex husband can feel like drowning. Someone needs to throw her a lifeline...Philip doesn't seem like an obvious lifesaver. He has just lost the one person who ever cared for him and, even as an adult, he doesn't know how to live in the real world. But might Philip and Rachel each have something the other needs? This is a story of unexpected friendship; of the messy, muddy territory of those broken by life - and what it takes to fix them. It reminds us that the very darkest of days can be funny, heart-warming and even beautiful. Rachel finds hope in the places she least expects in Kate Anthony's stunning first novel, Beautiful Day. Kate Anthony grew up in the Midlands. On graduating, she began working as a residential social worker firstly with young offenders and later with vulnerable adults. She then joined the BBC, working as a producer in comedy for some years before moving to an independent production company as a drama producer. She lives close to Brighton with her family.
Closing date: 01/11/2020
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||10th April 2014|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Kate Anthony grew up in the Midlands. On graduating, she began working as a residential social worker firstly with young offenders and later with vulnerable adults. She then joined the BBC, working as a producer in comedy for some years before moving to an independent production company as a drama producer. She lives close to Brighton with her family. Below is a Q&A with this author. You explore various themes in your novel Beautiful Day, such as the many repercussions of divorce, the challenges of being a parent and the bureaucracy of social services. Which were the ...More About Kate Anthony