Delighted to be taking part in this Blog Tour for FLORA AIR by JANICE CAIRNS. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources. As well as my thoughts on the book I'm also hosting a giveaway!!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Flora Air is passionate about writing and she dreams of becoming an author, but she’s in a fog with her mundane day job. She meets a charismatic professor who nurtures her writing and suddenly her dreams seem possible. A touch of magic at the professor’s home adds old-fashioned charm and enchantment to Flora’s writing journey. When she realises she loves the married professor, her journey takes a wild turn. Can Flora actually succeed in becoming an author? What happens to the love Flora Air feels for the professor?
Janice Cairns is the author of quality romantic fiction. For more than thirty years she has lived in Edinburgh and her first three novels are set there. She now lives in a historic market town not far from Edinburgh. Most of her time is spent writing or thinking about writing. She loves long country walks, reading good books and eating out in lovely restaurants.
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Giveaway to Win 2 x PB copies of Flora Air (UK Only)
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I'm finding it rather refreshing to pick up more books nowadays that feature characters who aren't just fresh out of school, or dealing with life in their 20's and in Flora Air we meet a woman who is dreaming of being a writer but working in a mundane day job. She's also starting to show symptoms of menopause and all that entails - the lack of sleep, the self doubt - and this story follows her as she tries to write the story she knows she's got in her and how a chance meeting starts to see her life turn in a new direction.
Professor Jolly is a teacher of creative writing and coming to terms with his wife being poorly in hospital. He seems genuinely interested in Flora and her writing and it's touching to see their friendship blossom - they're both lonely souls and it seems fitting that they find one another in this way. Having another person give her feedback on her writing seems to spur her on and her outlook becomes more positive and she finally starts to believe in herself and what she could achieve.
This was a really easy to read story that just came to life for me when the magical elements were introduced! I've found myself wanting my books on my shelves to come to life in the same way that they do in this book - I'm still waiting but hoping!! Maybe they wait until I'm fast asleep......
I really enjoyed spending time with Flora and how having someone believe in her helped push her on to achieve her dream and help her overcome the other issues in her life. Well worth a look if you're after a book with a lovely magical feel!