#amreading – What, Why, While : Then and Now by R J Gould @RJGould_author

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently reading Then and Now by R J Gould, contemporary fiction set in England.  It is out on 13th March 2022 .

Photo courtesy of https://www.rjgould.info/

Book Blurb  (with thanks to https://www.rjgould.info/  )

Sandy is about to retire following an illustrious career as editor of an upmarket fashion magazine.

Michael can’t retire, he thinks his work to explain the dangers of climate change is far too important.

Jonathan is considering retiring from running his fundraising consultancy.

These three were the best of friends at university before a tragedy wrecked their friendship. They haven’t spoken since.

Fifty years on, they arrange to meet at a reunion. Having reminisced about student life during a wild and self-indulgent era with its heady mix of free love, drugs and ground-breaking music, they share their life journeys since the Swinging Sixties – the successes and failures, the happiness and despair, and their optimism and fears for the future. 

The reunion is drawing to a close. Dare they tackle the incident that tore them apart, an event that has brought guilt for so many years? If they are to have any chance of reconciliation they have to, but the clock is ticking. 

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

I have read 4 of RJ Gould’s previous books, so when he kindly offered me the ARC of Then and Now, his latest, I was very excited.  I always find myself completely involved with the characters in this author’s books, and am sure this novel will be no exception. 

Below is the previous book I read by RJ Gould – click on the picture to go to my review, and you will find other books by him at the bottom of the page. 

While (I am reading it)

I enjoyed watching these two children having fun out on their toboggans, a great slope for sliding down, with a bit of a bump in the middle, but a long walk back up.  I was brought up in a town, so can only imagine what fun it must be to have a natural snow park like this on your doorstep. 

All the best, Emma

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