by Sophie Fontanel
by Wilma Johnson (Goodreads Author)
“I felt as if I had to get off the land for a while, to see the world from a different…more
“I felt as if I had to get off the land for a while, to see the world from a different angle. When you’re out in the surf, the next wave about to crash over your head seems a lot more important than the tragic state of your love life, or your bank balance, or whether your 12-year-old daughter is too young to wear lip gloss or whatever else has been keeping you awake at night.”
Wilma Johnson was living on the west coast of Ireland with her family, balancing the challenges of being an artist, wife and mother, until, in her forties, she was gripped by a deep desire to seize the day, and moved to Biarritz to become a surfer.
The plan hits troubled waters as she arrives in France with her marriage on the rocks and three children who speak no French. Her first attempts at surfing are disastrous; resulting in bruises, broken bones and a damaged ego, but when she experiences the euphoric feeling of catching her first wave and sets up the Mamas Surf Club, it’s all worth it.
by Joyce DiPastena (Goodreads Author)
Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but the guilt he carries for the death of his wife, Clothilde, has left him numb and hesitant to love again. Worse yet, Siri bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. Or does she? Her merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. Yet when he gazes into Siri's face, all he sees is Clothilde.
Then Triston's past returns to threaten them both. Trapped between the rivalry of the king's sons on the one hand and a neighbor out for vengeance on the other, Triston realizes it would be safer to send Siri away. Siri is determined not to be cast off and not to live in another woman’s shadow. She has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston’s soul and make his heart beat for her alone? [close]
― Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
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