The Slow Lane Walkers Club by Rosa Temple

Thank you to Laurie at Books in the City at Simon and Schuster UK for this bright and beautiful copy of The Slow Lane Walkers Club by Rosa Temple to read and review. I’m thrilled to be sharing my review on day one of the blog tour.

Synopsis:

A feel-good tale of unlikely friendship, community and learning to live life in the slow lane, perfect for fans of Clare Pooley and Hazel Prior
 
Daniel isn’t used to living life in the slow lane. So when he finds himself unexpectedly jobless and back in his old Cornish hometown, he can’t sit still.
 
Hazel used to be adventurous too. But now widowed and in her eighties, she barely leaves the house. When she sees an advert for Daniel’s new walking club, she grabs at the chance of some excitement.
 
Daniel’s heart sinks when he sees that the only person who’s turned up for his walking club is the crazy old lady from two doors down. But what he doesn’t expect is to discover that Hazel is one of the most fascinating people he’s ever met . . .

A gorgeous, warm and uplifting story about friendship, community, adventure and the joy of walking. 

I’m starting off the blog tour – please remember to check out the other reviews too

My thoughts:

The copy of the Slow Lane Walkers Club arrived in my life when I needed a book to escape into and this was the perfect book for the job. Daniel is the first main character we get to know and I quickly realised how few books I read with a male main character.

Daniel has reached a point in his life when he is thinking of making changes. His relationship with his parents has disintegrated but his sister is keen for him to move back to Cornwall. Daniel isn’t so keen and can’t see himself staying long.

Having been working as a walking guide, Daniel decides to start a local walking group and is initially disappointed when his elderly neighbour, Hazel, is the only member on week one. He is surprised to discover that Hazel and his gran were friends, and slowly starts to discover more about his gran, Hazel and himself. He also discovers the joy in taking life at a slower pace, to discover things about the local area that he had never noticed before.

Hazel is a wonderful character, who appears to know everyone in the local area and who is determined not to let get older stop her enjoying her life.

This is a non spoiler review, so I won’t carry on explaining the story – you need to read it for yourself. However I will confirm that I enjoyed Daniel’s journey of self discovery, which certainly doesn’t go smoothly. The book covers some difficult topics sensitively and there are a few sad moments, but this is ultimately a very uplifting read. Thank you to Rosa Temple for bringing Daniel and Hazel into my life – please can we have a sequel soon?

Author Bio:

Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedy and chick lit novellas, short stories and books because of her passion for what she calls the ‘early chick lit films’, like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She honed her skills as a ghostwriter, gaining experience writing romance novellas and book series, with sweet themes as well as steamy novels for adult readers.

She now specialises in contemporary romance but prefers to write chick-lit and romantic comedies. So far, Rosa has published romantic comedy novella, Sleeping With Your Best Friend and full length novels, Natalie’s Getting Married and Single By Christmas.

Signed to HQ Digital, Rosa has published three books following the story of heroine Magenta Bright. These titles include Playing By The Rules, Playing Her Cards Right and Playing For Keeps.

Rosa Temple is a Londoner who recently moved to the beautiful countryside of Ross On Wye in Herefordshire, is married to a musician and has two sons. She reads a wide range of Women’s Fiction and all its sub genres and loves a gripping crime or psychological thriller. Rosa loves taking country walks, yoga and Zumba but otherwise spends her days creating characters and storylines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.

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Blog: http://rosatemplewrites.blogspot.co.uk/

Website: http://www.rosatemple.co.uk

Facebook: https://facebook.com/RosaTempleWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RosaT_Author

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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