Published by Orenda Books Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Bought, Publisher
Teenager Sally has just run away from a clinic where she to be treated for anorexia. She’s furious with everything and everyone, and wants to be left in peace.
Liss is in her forties, living alone on a large farm that she runs single-handedly. She has little contact with the outside world, and no need for other people.
From their first meeting, Sally realises that Liss isn’t like other adults; she expects nothing of Sally and simply accepts who she is, offering her a bed for the night with no questions asked.
That night becomes weeks and then months, as an unlikely friendship develops and these two damaged women slowly open up – connecting to each other, reconnecting with themselves, and facing the darkness in their pasts through their shared work on the land.
Achingly beautiful, profound, invigorating and uplifting, Tasting Sunlight is a story of friendship across generations, of love and acceptance, of the power of nature to heal and transform, and the goodness that surrounds us, if only we take time to see it…
This is not my normal go-to book but after I heard rave reviews from Anne, I had to give it a chance.
This was a touching story of two people trying to find their way back into the world. Liss, a forty-something living in the shadow of her past and Sally running away from her present, and they collide.
I found farm life fascinating and simple. A life where you have a routine, you stick to the routine and all is right with the world. A way to escape when you need to from the monotonous wears of life and people!
The book is at a nice steady pace, as you enjoy the riches around you. The smells, the taste, the bees (!) and there is a moment, where you sit back relax and take a breath. That is what this book is like, a sigh of welcome relief as we watch two women find their way. They both need to heal and forgive and I would like to think that there is a reconciliation at the end for one of them. So much hope in this book, and a lot of just being, which I love. They are just being in that moment, they are just being on that farm. Nothing exists outside of that and it’s magical.
The book only covers about a month in their lives but the growth is just amazing. It was beautiful to see and I like to think that once that book is closed, they continue to grow. Just mesmerising.
Until next time xxx
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