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Alexa Barber (Educator) has just reviewed Poppy’s Seed.
Full Text: Peter and Emily struggle to settle into their new way of life once retired to Lyme Regis. However they both encounter an artist in the small town, who is about to affect both their lives. Although this book had somewhat of a slowish start, mainly with some necessary scene setting, it is worth it. The story begins to unfold and the well drawn and believable characters reveal themselves.
I found this a very enjoyable read with a believable and interesting storyline. Its also refreshing to read about book me cover 50 where the story is not about terminal illness, dementia or death!
Review from That’s Books and Entertainment: Poppy’s Seed
Poppy’s Seed is a new novel from author Bethany Askew.
It explores a marriage between Peter and Emily Stanchester and is set in the English coastal town of Lyme Regis.
They are both finding the idea of grasping the fact that they were now into their retirement year a little challenging. Peter went from being an important person who had work-related order and routine in his life to a person who was, unfortunately, no longer important and who no longer had work-related order and routine in his life.
And as for Emily? She misses the friendship of her former work colleagues and she misses her freedom, too.
Onto the scene steps Poppy James. Poppy is an artist who is quite typical of a certain type of artist, she eschews convention, has a slightly spotty reputation and lives her life to its bohemian full. She is unlike anyone that either Peter or Emily have ever met before.
They are both fascinated by this otherworldly creature and Peter is, not unnaturally, flattered when Poppy seeks him out to ask him for advice. But for what purpose has Poppy come into their lives?
Is there more, or perhaps, less to Poppy than appears at first sight?
And what, exactly, is Poppy after? What does she really want from the retired couple?
Apparently, this novel was based on a dream that the author had and it does have a certain dreamlike vibe throughout it, it has to be said. It’s an interesting read which explores what happens when life intervenes.
Hannah Brooker (Reviewer) has just edited the review for Poppy’s Seed.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Full Text: Poppy’s Seed is a wonderfully refreshing new read to me. It’s so rare to read a book about retiring couples, from what I understand from family it can be a really difficult time and this comes across in the book. I’m too young to identify with the main characters in this novel but it is written so very well, it is easy to almost place myself in their shoes. You are transported to their home in Lyme Regis and it’s very hard to put the book down and leave! I have already recommended to members of my family who can’t wait to read it!
From Books Monthly: Superb!
Poppy’s Seed is one of those thought-provoking relationship studies that blossoms into something quite extraordinary. One can never tell what’s going on in other people’s minds, and Bethany describes a group of people in the latter stages of their lives who come into contact with and are affected by someone from outside their sphere of existence.
By Tracy Auton on 10 Jun. 2017
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2017