Five Ladies Go Skiing
by Karen Aldous
Five Ladies Go Skiing
A delightful new novel of love and friendship from Karen Aldous…
Ginny is alone now after losing her husband, so her friends (her F.L.O.W.E.R.S) decide with his first memorial imminent, learning to ski in the Swiss Alps would be a great distraction for her. What Ginny’s friends fail to add into the equation however, is their own distractions! The baggage they carry with them not only threatens their skiing but scales mountainous emotions throughout the trip. The questions then are…can their friendships survive, and can Ginny ever trust enough to love again?
I so want to go skiing after reading this glorious book by Karen Aldous; the cover is fab-u-lous and the story – while a slow-burner at the start – soon develops into an absorbing read about a group of five friends in their sixties with a fair few secrets beneath those thermals, many of which are freed via copious amounts of alcohol and cheese fondue.
There are a lot of characters and backstory to contend with at the beginning, but I kind of like that. After all, people come with baggage, we’re not one-page resumes especially after sixty years. Hats off to the author for creating such rich details that span all emotions!
Ginny (the widow), Kim (from Oz), and Cathy seemed to play a greater part in the story, but aided and abetted in no uncertain terms by Lou and Angie. Getting kitted out on day one was hilarious, but oh to have been with them on the nursery slopes as they faced real fears of a) messing up and b)letting the others down by being a burden in some way – it was a touching read. No-one wanted to be the wallflower that ruined the holiday for the others – and so, on they plowed!
The après-ski sessions, the Swiss village and the welcoming restaurateurs gave the story a real feel of authenticity (or maybe just sold me on the idea of a skiing holiday – not sure which is closest to the truth).
The essence of the story lay in the bonds shared by the five friends. Despite years of friendship amongst them, even they had a tendency to hold back now and then. For me, their angst and consideration for each other’s feelings proved that even with maturity, those same insecurities often considered the domain of the adolescents still existed albeit for different reasons.
It was a refreshing read, with complex characters who still knew how to have fun and challenge themselves. This was a story of love, friendship and “joie de vivre” set during the festive season, in a gorgeous environment. Touching and humorous, entertaining and motivational, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys women’s fiction that explores the hopes and dreams of real women who have already lived, laughed and loved – and who intend to do so for many more years to come.
About The Author
Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!
Much of Karen’s inspiration comes from her travels and meeting people. The UK, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and parts of the USA and Asia are just some you will experience in her books to date. However, wherever she goes, new characters emerge in ‘Karen’s World’ screaming at her to tell their stories; past or present. She loves to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!
See more… http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/about-me/
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