Rosie Bunting has spent her life caring for others, often at the expense of her own hopes and dreams. But when she overhears somebody describing her as “boring”, she decides it’s time for a change.
Little does she realise that the outdoor pursuits weekend brochure handed to her at the local Art Café will kick start a summer that will see her abseiling down a Welsh cliff face in “eye watering” leggings, rediscovering her artistic side and unexpectedly inheriting an old fire engine. It also involves meeting hunky outdoor instructor, Gareth Merwyn-Jones – although of course he’d never be interested in Dozy Rosie Bunting ... would he?
One thing’s for certain: Rosie’s path to achieving her hopes and dreams might not be smooth, but it’s definitely not boring.
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All the feels - and more!! I loved the latest in the Art Cafe series - easily read as a standalone! - and it has yet more fabulous characters you take to your heart in the most wonderful of settings!
Rosie is the main focus of this story and I dare you not to want to be her best friend!! She's the kind of woman who is always putting others first, without complaining, yet she's forgotten just who she is. And when she overhears her own daughter calling her boring - shame on her!! - she throws caution to the wind and sets about finding herself and putting herself first for a change!
After a visit to the Art Cafe, she finds out about an outdoor pursuits weekend - what better way than doing something out of the ordinary and challenging yourself!! And while she's there she starts a journal so she can chart her progress - I loved this aspect of the book and loved reading her entries! She's more honest with a pen in her hand and seeing her thoughts on everything written down seems to make her more relaxed and feel in control!
She meets all kinds of different people on the weekend and I loved the variety and how that seemed to help with her confidence - the lovely instructor Gareth helped on that front too!! He was dealing with his own family issues after his marriage broke down.
Rosies' ex is still on the scene too and sniffing around when there's money to be had, so I loved watching how Rosie dealt with this new challenge. And how others helping her, made her happy again to be helping others with their own problems and finding solutions to make the future seem more 'rosy' for Rosie!! I'm sorry I couldn't resist!!
A fabulously inspiring story!! Loved it!!