Today I hand over the blog to Mandie who has a blog tour review of Bonnie and Stan by Anna Stuart. With thanks to publisher Trapeze for providing an advance copy of the book for review, and Tracy Fenton for inviting us to join the tour. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
After 50 years together Stan still adores his wife… so why is he dating again?
Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. Now they’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally building their dream home, when disaster strikes.
Stan is running out of time, and can’t bear the thought of leaving Bonnie alone. Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…
Bonnie & Stan is a poignant, surprising love story set during the Swinging Sixties and the present day. Ultimately feel-good and full of emotion, Bonnie & Stan will make your heart sing.Available from Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Google Play | Apple Books
After Stan finds out that he has incurable cancer the last thing he wants to do is tell his wife Bonnie. She is the love of his life and he would do anything for her. They are just getting ready to finally build their dream home and he is not ready to leave her. They had been together since the 60’s and he was convinced that she would not cope without him.
The book swings between both the present day as Bonnie, Stan and their family come to terms with the diagnosis and the 60’s when they first met and were in and out of the clubs in Liverpool as Bonnie became involved with the Best Boys – the group that Stan was part of. This was the time of the Beatles and the Cavern club when everything was about to happen.
I am going to admit now that Stan was not actually the character I thought he was, purely because as is sometimes the way with bands the members used nicknames and were not referred to by their real names for quite a bit of the book. That being said I really liked Stan. He could often be found talking to his troll keyring Terry which he used as a sounding board when he didn’t feel that he could talk to Bonnie for fear of upsetting her. The best bits for me though were when he decided to try to find a new partner for her. Enlisting the help of his granddaughter they went off on “dates” with quite varied results, none of which were really going to end well.
Bonnie is clearly not as unable to cope with things as Stan believes. A qualified architect she designed their dream home they are in the process of building. She is so sure that Stan will get better, you can’t help but feel her heart breaking as she slowly comes to terms with the fact that there will be no miracle and that any treatment will only prolong Stan’s life for a little while. With the support of their daughters and grandchildren the pair come to truly embrace every day as it comes taking in the little pleasures as much as the big occasions.
There was one moment in the book that had me really sniggering but at the same time had me thinking that people of that age should really know better but you will have to read the book for yourself to see if you can work out what that is. Sometimes you have to read something a little different just to cleanse your pallet and keep the joy of reading alive. With Bonnie and Stan I certainly got that. This is a book that explores what happens in a relationship when you think you should be finally slowing down and enjoying life but life throws you the ultimate curve ball and you realise that you may not have as much time to do it as you think. It is touching and at times funny but ultimately you will be hoping alongside Bonnie that maybe, just maybe things will turn out a little differently in the end.
About the Author
Anna wanted to be an author from the moment she could pick up a pen and was writing boarding-school novels behind the sofa by the age of nine. She made the early mistake of thinking she ought to get a ‘proper job’ and went into Factory Planning – a career that gave her some wonderful experiences, amazing friends and even a fantastic husband, but did not offer much creative scope. So when she stopped to have children she took the chance to start the ‘improper job’ of writing. During the baby years she wrote in those gaps provided by sleeps, play schools and obliging grandparents, publishing short stories and serials in all the women’s magazines. Her ultimate aim was to write longer fiction and several years ago she published a series of successful…
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