It began with a promise . . . Matilda Bell is left heartbroken when she falls out with her beloved grandfather just before he dies. Haunted by regret, she makes a promise that will soon change everything . . . When spirited former singing star Reenie Silver enters her life, Mattie seizes the opportunity to make amends. Together, Mattie and Reenie embark on an incredible journey that will find lost friends, uncover secrets from the glamorous 1950s and put right a sixty-year wrong. Touchingly funny, warm and life-affirming, this is a sparkling story of second chances. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Searching for a Silver Lining will take you on a trip you'll never forget.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love Miranda's books, I think I have read every one of them and I have never been disappointed. I thought Searching for a Silver lining was a different type of book, one that was unexpected but just as good as her others.
The reason I haven't given this book 5* is because although I liked it, I didn't like the historic element to the book. When I read the blurb and I discovered there was mention of the 1950's it filled me with dread. It wasn't as bad as I thought, although there is mention of the past as you discover what happened to Mattie's grandfather and what made him the man he was, it was written in diary form so broke up the book. There was also Rennie's memories coming through too, neither of which are very offensive.
This is a story about friendship, forgiveness and searching for something, in more than one way. Mattie has fallen out with her grandfather, unfortunately he dies before they have chance to make up and the guilt is tearing Mattie apart, if only she wasn't so stubborn!
Through doing a good deed Mattie is introduced to Rennie, an old lady in her 80's, who as it turns out used to be in the most famous band of the 50's! This band also happened to be her grandfathers favourite, by listening to her stories Mattie somehow feels closer to her late grandfather. Through a series of diaries he left her she discovers who he was growing up.
Through listening to Rennie's stories she realises she has her own burdens and guilt's that have followed her since the band split. Together they can put at least one of these things right hopefully and Mattie agrees to help Rennie.
Get ready for a road trip like no other! This is a book that is so unique, I have never read anything like it. Although it is not my favourite Dickinson novel this is one you must read. It is only not my favourite down to my taste. I did enjoy reading this, it made me feel very calm and melo when reading it, I thought it was intriguing and different. Definitely complete escapism and one for those of us wishing to slow things down in our own lives to take some time out.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.
Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library and today she is a bestselling author. She began to write in earnest when a friend gave her The World's Slowest PC, and has subsequently written the bestselling novelsFairytale of New York, Welcome to My World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love, Take A Look At Me Now,I'll Take New York and A Parcel for Anna Browne. Miranda lives with her husband Bob and daughter Flo in Dudley.
Searching for a Silver Lining – The Unseen Crew
I used to get very annoyed by questions about ‘juggling writing and family life’, frequently asked of women authors. I’ve still yet to see a male author be asked this. But actually, whatever life you have and regardless of whether you have kids or not, writing books depends on the support you have. For years, very few people knew I wrote. But as soon as I met my husband, Bob, I told him about my writing dreams and he began to support me.
Now, with both of us self-employed and a certain curly-headed bouncy little lady to look after, I depend on his help, advice and utter belief in me more than ever before. Because here’s the truth: Searching for a Silver Lining simply wouldn’t exist without my unseen support crew. It’s so much more than just childcare. Bob, his parents, my parents and a key group of writer chums I’m chuffed to bits to call my close friends have boosted my confidence, provided physical and moral support, made meals, washed up, offered shoulders to cry on and sent me off to write while taking care of everything else. I’m so grateful for their help, belief and encouragement.
I hope Searching for a Silver Lining rewards their unwavering faith in me. It’s why there is an extra-special dedication in this book – you’ll have to read it to discover who I’ve dedicated it to! Thanks so much for reading this blog exclusive! For more, follow my Searching for a Silver Lining blog tour. I really hope you enjoy reading the story!