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The Craft Room by Dave Holwill
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it was amazing
bookshelves: blog-tour, recomendations

The story centres on Sylvia Blackwell, a middle-aged, caring mother and grandmother.

Sylvia's selfish husband, Ron, pays her little attention, and her wimp of a son, Robert, has been living with his parents in their small, down-sized house since his marriage break-up several years earlier. While she loves having her son back at home, the house is not really big enough for the three of them.

She is being prevented from having contact with her grandchildren by her daughter-in-law, for whom Sylvia has no liking.

Sylvia has always had a cat, more because Ron has foisted an unwelcome replacement on her, as soon as the last cat has died. For the most part, these cats are nasty, vicious creatures, but recently she has acquired a lovely natured four-legged friend, of whom she is very fond.

As Sylvia's elderly mother is taking her last breaths in hospital, Sylvia considers how welcome her inheritance will be, once the old lady dies - she will be able to help her son move into a place of his own and recover the bedroom he is occupying for her craft room.

I had great sympathy for Sylvia. She has always been the dutiful wife and mother and her only request is to have a little room to herself for her craft activities. When her son finally moves out, and Ron claims the now spare room for himself, she just carries on as she always has done, until an opportunity for her to make big changes in her life arises. And after that she is determined to enjoy the rest of life, and there's no stopping her!

A brilliantly engaging read from start to finish which I found difficult to put down. It is well-written and the characters are all very believable. This is a dark comedy which had me smiling right to the end. The Craft Room is Holwill's second novel, following on from Weekend Rockstars, which is now on my Most-Wanted list.

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Reading Progress

July 10, 2018 – Shelved
July 10, 2018 – Shelved as: blog-tour
July 10, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 17, 2018 – Started Reading
August 17, 2018 –
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August 18, 2018 –
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August 19, 2018 –
43.0%
August 20, 2018 –
85.0%
August 20, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 26, 2019 – Shelved as: recomendations

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