• Becca McCulloch

Review: Re-Navigations


I'm back after a pregnancy-induced vacation. I've never been so unable to think as I was with this little one in the early stages. I'm glad to be able to read again! My apologies to Rachel and the author for being a day late. My laptop decided to die, so I'm doing this old-school at a computer lab. 

A gloomy seascape is of little consequence to Julia, as a ferry transports her to an isolated Welsh island to undertake a Spiritual Development course.

Soon, Julia finds herself surrounded by new friends and questions. As relationships deepen, so does Julia’s feeling that something crucial is missing from her life.

As passion ignites and deep-buried secrets surface, Julia faces choices that will forever change the direction of her life. But at what cost?

Review

I’m always of two minds when I read a book. The writer in me appreciates the work differently than the reader. At times, the reader enjoys a book more than the writer. In this case, the opposite was true. 

Re-navigations is beautifully crafted. From dialogue to setting, I have very little to criticize. The book is well edited and carefully constructed. The characters evoke empathy. The plot flows well. It’s a thoughtful women’s fiction that tells its story and presents its theme well. My inner writer applauds the author and the work. 

But the reader in me was less pleased. This is a book about adultery that presents endless selfishness as a necessary piece of “freedom.”  The husband is mistreated for no good reason and given so little real awareness of him as any sort of human being. Julia is woman - hear her roar like a hurricane hellbent on destruction. I barely liked her at the beginning and I was totally done with her by midpoint. I really wanted her to make better choices by the end but she just ends up abandoning and hurting everyone in the name of ... what? I never figured that out. 

But despite my frustrations, the book does what it wants to do well. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert will find Julia’s journey inspiring. So if you’ve longed to eat, pray and love your way into a new identity, let Julia be on your guide list. For me, I’m going to hug my husband and wonder at this new philosophy that claims you must be half asleep if you don’t choose to be wholly selfish. 

Purchase Links:

AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07NN9LGG4

US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NN9LGG4

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NN9LGG4

Book Depistory - www.bookdepository.com/Re-Navigation-Sue-Parritt/9781097158850

Author Bio – Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and six novels:

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.

Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.

The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.

Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017.

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on her father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Sue’s current project, A Question of Country, is a novel exploring the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity.

Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.sueparritt.com

Facebook - www.facebook.com/SueParrittAuthor


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