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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst


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

Nina Findlay, alluring, accomplished, deluded, always the heroine of her own life, has found an irresistible safety in being adored by two men, brothers she's known since childhood. But when her sister-in-law becomes gravely ill, the triangle that Nina's depended on becomes catastrophically unstable. The life she's known begins rapidly to unravel, and odd things begin to happen which those around her insist are all in her mind. Separated from her husband, she goes on holiday to a tiny Greek island, the honeymoon island of 25 years earlier, and is involved in a serious road accident. There, while recuperating, she becomes close to her doctor, who's also on the point of divorce. A new relationship seems possible - but what's real in the situation, and what's imagined? Pressed in on all sides by other people's truths, how can Nina be sure of identifying her own? A diary that was her mother's proves to be a turning point. Perhaps romantic love is always a kind of undiagnosed madness.Face to face with the facts behind her assumptions, the time has come for Nina to unravel the taut knot of her past.

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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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Publication date

22nd April 2015

Author

Andrea Gillies

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Publisher

Short Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780722269

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