In the darkness, we all need a little light . . .
After Mike loses Pia, his partner of seventeen years, their best friends Vicky and Zaza try to help pick up the pieces.
But though Pia’s gone, she left a plan. A list of loving instructions to help Mike and her friends come to terms with their loss.
And they’re each going to need it . . .
Just-engaged Zaza fears committing any further.
Exhausted mother and wife Vicky has lost sight of herself.
While Mike just feels all the colour has gone from his life.
When the list sends them trekking to Peru, where high mountains and sweltering rainforests push them to the brink, all they have to guide them is their faith in Pia and in themselves.
But will they learn that anything is possible when you’re walking on sunshine?
I needed to a book this week to take me away from my everyday life and Walking on Sunshine was the perfect antidote for my reading slump. It lifted me out of reality and into a friendship that was both relatable and enviable. And to top it all, they went travelling together to a place that I’ve been desperate to see for many, many years. One day hopefully, but Giovanna Fletcher took me there in my mind alongside Vicky, Zara and Mike and I loved every minute of it.
When Mike loses his partner Pia, the women also lose their best friend. But Pia has prepared The Rule for them, a plan to help them all come to terms with their grief. But will Pia’s list work? And how will the friends cope with a trek through Peru without the woman who has encouraged them to live their lives out of the darkness and into the light? Well, Giovanna Fletcher manages to create a perfectly paced, emotionally draining at times, storyline with characters that felt as though I already knew them. She has the wonderful gift of being able to create a fictional world come to life, with her characters dancing off the page as they come to life in front of your eyes. I found Vicky to be the most honestly portrayed and I thought she got the most out of the trip to Peru as she delves deeply into what she needs to do to put herself first and be the best version of herself-the one that Pia knew she could be. I loved how, even though we never meet Pia, there is a real sense of her personality hanging over the three friends and her absence was keenly felt by me, which was a strange emotion to feel when she had already passed away before the book started.
Walking On Sunshine is a wonderfully uplifting book with a satisfying conclusion that left me with a huge smile on my face. It may be about grief and how those left behind cope after the death of a loved one but it felt optimistic and hopeful for the future. It made me think about my own mortality but in a positive way and made me admire Giovanna Fletcher even more for evoking those feelings in me. Probably my favourite book of hers so far and it’s left me more determined to fulfil my own hopes and dreams whilst I’m still able to-goodness me, this woman is GOOD!!!!
A great read!
Giovanna grew up in England, Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.
At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruford – since then she’s been acting, chaperoning mini actors and dabbling in a spot of freelance journalism for heat, Bliss and Recognise magazines. She currently writes a weekly blog for Hello! Online and posts weekly vlogs on her YouTube channel. Most importantly, she is also mum to two little boys called Buzz and Buddy.
Giovanna is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy. To see what makes Giovanna smile, view her blog at http://www.giovannasworld.com, or her Twitter page @mrsgifletcher