Walking on Sunshine – Giovanna Fletcher

Published By: Michael Joseph
Pages: 384
Released On: 11/11/2021

After Mike loses Pia, his partner of seventeen hears, her best friends Vicky and Zaza try to help pick up the pieces, But though Pia’s gone, she left a plan. A list of love and instructions to hold Mike and her best friends together, And they’re going to need it.

Just-engaged Zaza fears committing any further. Mum Vicky can’t see a way last her kids and back to her career. While Mike just feels lost without the love of his life.

But when the list sends them to Peru, where high mountains and the sweltering rain forest takes them to the brink, all they have to guide them is their faith in Pia’s instructions and themselves.

*****

Thanks to Michael Joseph for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I have read books written by Giovanna’s husband Tom, and her sister-in-law Carrie, but despite owning some, I hadn’t read any of Giovanna’s before, but there’s clearly literary talent running through that family.

We’ve all experienced periods of our lives where we question what we’re doing and what our future holds. Giovanna writes with such sensitivity, choosing male and female protagonists going through crises of grief and marriage and love.

I’ve always wanted to go trekking somewhere (being chronically ill, I’m aware this may not be possible), but the Lares Trek described in this book sounds just perfect. But Giovanna doesn’t hide from the fact it’s not all sunshine and roses. It’s really difficult but really satisfying when conquered.

It explores friendships and all the hardships that come with long-term platonic relationships. She doesn’t shy away from the raw honesty that only comes with being that comfortable with someone – the good and the bad. She writes so succinctly and passionately, you can feel she’s really been there and done the trek, and you can imagine yourself matching every one of their steps – literally during the trek, but also their personal steps.

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