BOOK CLUB: Lucinda’s Whirlwind

Author: Louise Limerick
ISBN: 978-1-7426-1094-8
RRP:$24.99

After what seemed like an endless wait for this book to arrive in my hot little hands I received it this afternoon and knew it was a case of drop everything and get started so I could make sure I finished before the book clubbers. I couldn’t drop the kids, the housework, the dinner but I could pause the book I was reading (because I just couldn’t meet my own challenge to finish it today).

Finally the house is quiet and I can sit back and start reading. Ahh the bliss, even if I can still hear Nick Jr. in the background.

I am only one chapter in, I know little about the storyline or where this is going but I am IN LOVE with Lucinda. She’s never mastered the art of dealing with people and I feel her pain. She’s direct and she pulls no punches, I had to have a little giggle at her and I think she is definitely a character I am going to enjoying seeing evolve throughout the novel.

By the closing scenes I am pretty sure that there will have been some drastic evolution take place and I am looking forward to watching it.

I’m trying to decide how much else I can really say at this point because I have only read one chapter so it’s not a fantastic indication but what I have read has hooked me, well and truly. Limerick’s sentence structure is short and snappy for the most part though there are some that seem to be quite wordy and grammar filled but they just fit, and they are the sort of sentences I find myself writing at times and wondering if they will ever make sense to anyone else, I can’t say about mine but Limerick’s certainly do. ———–

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Lucinda’s Whirlwind is a beautiful story of growth, it really is quite a whirlwind. What with it’s focus on different characters, and each character bearing an extremely different personality – hence a completely different writing style.

I still love Lucinda, I loved her from the very beginning and I still love her now. This strong-willed and brutally honest woman doesn’t understand tact. She calls it like she sees it, without that softener of sometimes realising it’s better to say nothing at all.

Lucinda finds herself about as far from her comfort zone as possible, certainly way further than she had ever imagined, when she responds to the distress call of her brother-in-law Brian. It seems that both he and her sister will be unable to pick the children up from school, it soon appears that the situation may take a little longer to resolve and Lucinda is required to stay on and take care of her niece and nephew.

This is all a world away from her tidy, ordered apartment, her job and her life. A place where everything is where and how it is expected.

It is the little things that Lucinda ultimately finds so insurmountable and as I read along I understand what she’s feeling. These are little things that most of us take for granted, and take in our stride, every day because they are simply a part of our lives and something we need to do. Lucinda is new to an environment like that, and new to situations where it is harder to remain distanced and closed off from those around you.

Jayne is Lucinda’s sister, she of the empty shoes Lucinda is left to fill and the polar opposite to Lucinda. Always wanting to ensure those around her are happy, putting herself on hold to fulfill the needs of others. The day finally arrived for it to be about her, and so she is on a journey of self discovery also.

Limerick’s characters are vibrant and relatable, all of them displaying qualities that we have, or wish we had. And their struggles are ones that we can understand. All of whom come together in a place of clarity and greater self-awareness.

Well written, engaging and an easy read, this is a book that kept me guessing with just how some of the connections worked. I would recommend it, especially to those who have ever been accused of being tactless – Lucinda may give you a bit of perspective.

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