Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Five Ladies Go Skiing, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
Ginny Watts is facing her first Christmas without her husband and the job she loved. Kim Anderson couldn’t wait for her trip to Europe. After being in Australia for several years she really wants to move back to England.
Cathy Golding is feeling smothered by her husband’s constant attention and demands since he retired. Angie Ricci’s energetic personality and sexual appetite is proving a little too much for her husband. Lou Cavendish still remembers the chemistry between her and her first love when they were at university. She cares for her husband very much, even if the chemistry isn’t quite the same.
The five women friends, who call themselves Flowers, have booked a skiing trip to Switzerland between Christmas and New Year, thinking it would be good for Ginny and help her get over the first anniversary of her husband’s death. Only one of them had ever been skiing before, the rest were novices.
Alternating chapters are from the first person perspectives of Ginny, Kim and Cathy, each including a lot of introspection which slows the pace considerably. Each of them have aspects of their relationships that they’re struggling with and as secrets are gradually revealed, friendships are tested and lives are evaluated. It’s an emotional time for them all, a time for discovering more about themselves and what they can still achieve.
And now I have to mention those pesky dialogue tags! It’s my personal opinion but dialogue tags do tend to grate when they seem unnecessary or over the top. Unfortunately they were littered throughout the narrative. There was so much screeching, squealing and shrieking, even a few roars, going on that it did get a little tedious after a while, making the ladies quite difficult to believe as mature women approaching sixty, which is a shame because the characters had a lot going for them.
On the plus side the descriptions of skiing, the learning processes and eventual use of the slopes, is interesting if a little scary but still makes me want to visit such a resort (mainly for the après ski, I have to admit. I’m not a skier.) The village, restaurants and food are fabulous and the relationships between the friends is lovely.
I chose to read and review Five Ladies Go Skiing based on a copy of the book supplied by Rachel’s Random Resources via NetGalley.
About the Book
Ginny is alone now after losing her husband, so her friends (her F.L.O.W.E.R.S) decide with his first memorial imminent, learning to ski in the Swiss Alps would be a great distraction for her. What Ginny’s friends fail to add into the equation however, is their own distractions! The baggage they carry with them not only threatens their skiing but scales mountainous emotions throughout the trip. The questions then are…can their friendships survive, and can Ginny ever trust enough to love again?
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About the Author
Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine! Much of Karen’s inspiration comes from her travels and meeting people. The UK, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and parts of the USA and Asia are just some you will experience in her books to date. However, wherever she goes, new characters emerge in ‘Karen’s World’ screaming at her to tell their stories; past or present. She loves to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!
See more… http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/about-me/