I am so pleased to be involved in the two book blogtour for author Linda MacDonald with a review for A Meeting of a Different Kind (book two in the Lydia series) and a review of The Alone Alternative (book three in the Lydia series). I was first introduced to the works of Linda MacDonald this time last year when I read and reviewed The Man in the Needlecord Jacket and this Spring I read and reviewed Meeting Lydia.
A Meeting of a Different Kind is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.
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BLURB: When archaeologist Edward Harvey’s wife Felicity inherits almost a million, she gives up her job, buys a restaurant and, as a devotee of Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall, starts turning their home into a small eco-farm. Edward is not happy, not least because she seems to be losing interest in him. Taryn is a borderline manic-depressive, a scheming minx, a seductress and user of men. Edward and Taryn don’t know each other but they both know Marianne. To Edward, Marianne is a former classmate who sends him crazy emails. She is Taryn’s best friend, and when Marianne meets Edward, she tells Taryn how wonderful he is and that he is not the philandering type. Taryn sees a challenge and concocts a devious plan to meet him during a series of lectures he is giving at the British Museum. When Edward and Taryn’s paths cross, questions of friendship, loyalty and betrayal are played out against a backdrop of mental fragility and the destabilising effects of a large inheritance… Set in Broadclyst and Beckenham, with a chapter on the Isles of Scilly, A Meeting of a Different Kind is the stand-alone sequel to Meeting Lydia, continuing the story from the perspectives of two very different characters. Like its prequel, it will appeal to fans of adult fiction, especially those interested in the psychology of relationships.
A Meeting of a Different Kind is Books Two in the Lydia series and it is another fine example of the contemporary fiction work by the author Linda MacDonald. Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding of the human mind and of people and relationships.
This story shows the full complexities of people and that all of us have flaws. Decisions and roads that we take in our lives shape our future and sometimes other influences may help or hinder. This is the case for Edward who for 20 years his wife Felicity has been behind him helping him with his career at the university and when they started a family she was more than happy to postpone her dreams to bring up the children. But with the children growing and with the sudden increase in wealth due to her inheritance Felicity’s dreams are now taking precedence to her life as a wife and mother. Edward is not sure how to react with this new independent, assertive wife who is making many new decisions without him.
With a blossoming renewed friendship from a woman he went to school with life starts to get very complicated for Edward. His professional life is looking up but his personal life feels like it’s at a crossroads and he’s not sure whether he fits in with his wife’s new road.
Linda MacDonald has created a very interesting family saga, a story of people surviving life, love and a whole lot more. I’m looking forward to the next ‘episode’ of this series as Lydia feels like a TV drama unfolding across the pages as you are drawn into each and every character.
The Alone Alternative is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.
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BLURB: Former classmates Edward and Marianne, now fifty-five, have experienced a turbulent few years having lost contact with each other and suffered painful disruption to their home lives. Reunited again, this time through Twitter, they set about a search for personal fulfilment, but once again there are obstacles in the way – not least in the form of twice-widowed Jessica, Edward’s neighbour, who threatens to destroy their pursuit of happiness and whose behaviour has alarming consequences.
The extraordinary weather conditions prompt Edward and a former colleague to resurrect an idea for a documentary series that sets to challenge consumerist lifestyles. The Isles of Scilly become a model for sustainability and a filming trip to the islands provides an idyllic backdrop to the unfolding romantic tensions.
Set in 2012, the year of the London Olympics, the action alternates between Broadclyst and Beckenham and examines the difficult issues faced in committing to a new relationship in midlife. Could being alone be a preferable alternative?
Continuing themes of psychology, relationships and environmental sustainability, The Alone Alternative is the sequel to A Meeting of a Different Kind and the third and final part of the ‘Lydia’ series. Written from both male and female perspectives, it also stands alone as a fascinating read for both men and women who enjoy thought-provoking fiction, keeping readers guessing until the very end.
The Alone Alternative is Book Three in the Lydia series and once again the author Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding in the complexities of people and relationships. The Alone Alternative picks up the story of Edward and Marianne some five years since we left them in Book Two: A Meeting of a Different Kind.
A lot has happened in both Edward’s and Marianne’s lives, events that have left a crucial hole in their lives and has left them with anxious thoughts for the future. Both Edward and Marianne are having to deal with emotions of loss and grief, emotions of anger and bewilderment. Their friendship had cooled over the five years but Edward is pondering whether during this new state of emotional upheaval whether the time is right to get back in touch with his old school friend.
With the promise of a new venture in Edward’s professional life and one project that could benefit with the expertise from Marianne it looks like it could be a tentative start to bringing their friendship back together.
I enjoyed this instalment in the series it opened up new questions for both Edward and Marianne. Now in their mid fifties they were both experiencing an emotional hole in their lives. The thought of filling that hole was proving too big a task with so many variables to contemplate. Starting a relationship when you are young without any responsibilities is exciting, exhilarating and very carefree but when you have responsibilities that come from a long-standing relationship such as children, properties, employment starting anew is full of many hurdles to overcome.
The Alone Alternative had so many hurdles for Edward and Marianne to face. I was captivated by the project they were to work on and with the prospect of blossoming romance it left you with a ‘will they won’t they’ feeling. With the added drama and danger thrown in life for Edward and Marianne would never be the same again.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series by Linda MacDonald and my statement above stating that I could picture the story laid out in episodes for a TV drama stands true. The author has created a contemporary romance that is relatable and believable with characters that have experienced life and much more.
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About the Author
Linda MacDonald is the author of four novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. All Linda’s books are contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.
After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. The first two novels took ten years in writing and publishing, using snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.
Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in Kent.
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