*BLOG TOUR* Then and Now – R.J. Gould ★★★★

Blurb; 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 would like to retire from running his fundraising consultancy but a family crisis is getting in the way.
These three were the best of friends at university before a tragedy wrecked their friendship. That was fifty years ago and they haven’t spoken since.
Sandy urges the other two to join her at a weekend reunion. Together they reminisce about their student days, such a wild 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.

My review; I read a previous book by this author and really enjoyed it so had to give this one a try and I am so glad I did. I devoured the full story in one morning. The story is told through three OAPs Sandy, Jonathan and Michael. It’s a story of their current lives and reminiscing of the past when they all meet up at a university reunion nearly 50 years after they all graduated.

I loved Sandys character the most that is one crazy woman! Living life to the full until the end. It was fab to see these three characters come back together, reminisce and have some fun at their weekend reunion. OAPs doing weed, booze and having sex. Very funny in parts. You’re only as old as you feel as they say. But a weekend which leaves them all feeling different. An unspoken event which tore them all apart after university brings them all back together.

Loved it all. Not what I expected but really enjoyed it. Devoured it. Would recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Author bio; R J Gould writes contemporary fiction about relationships, using a mix of humour and pathos todescribe the tragi-comic life journeys of his characters. Then and now is his seventh novel, followingThe Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies, The bench by Cromer beach,Nothing Man and Dream Café. He is a member of Cambridge Writers and a rare male member of theRomantic Novelists’ Association.Before becoming a full-time author he worked in the educational and charity sectors.R J Gould lives in Cambridge.

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