Sophie Heron’s fortieth birthday is looming, and she is fed up with her job, her relationship, her whole life – not to mention her boyfriend’s new ‘hobby’, in which she definitely doesn’t want to get involved…
Back in 1998 she had the choice of four men, and now she can’t help wondering how her life might have turned out if she’d chosen differently.
The person to whom Sophie had always been closest was her beloved Auntie Flick, her second mother, friend and advisor. Before her death in 2001, Flick said, “when I’m up there having a cuppa with St Peter, I’ll have a word with him about making me your guardian angel, shall I?”
As Sophie’s fortieth birthday draws near, she visits her aunt’s special place: a tree by a river, hidden from the world. Here she calls on Auntie Flick to show her the way forward – and help her look back into the past so she can see what might have been…
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. An intriguing tale of the paths that life offers. What if you could go back and see the results of each path? That’s exactly what happens to Sophie on the days running up to her fortieth birthday. Seemingly trapped in a loveless long term relationship, Sophie is reminded of the time in her life when she received four Valentine cards from four different men. At that time, she had a choice to make – which man was the man for her, which man could provide a stable and solid future? But is stability really the path to choose or the cowards way out?
With the help of her deceased Aunt Flick, Sophie gets to see exactly what each choice would have resulted in. What ensues is a beautifully crafted read of chances lost and a fate sealed. I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. Terry Tyler’s animated writing sucked me into the story and there I remained until the final page, reading the whole thing in one sitting. Her charm and wit had me laughing and left me with that good kind of warmth that can only be found by reading a truly satisfying tale. As soon as I started reading I was reminded of Sophie Kinsella, because Terry Tyler’s style closely matches hers. This is a delightful and light little read that relaxes and charms and I will certainly be reading more from Terry Tyler in the future.
An easily achieved 5/5