Friday, April 26, 2013

Tides by Anne Azel

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publ (February 2013)
Pages: 268

Meet Jackie Cunningham, a self-described "degenerate, sneaky old coot, and proud of it." Jackie led a remarkable life, childhood during World War II in the UK, being raised in a very nontraditional household, relocating to Canada, developing her love for journalism, a career in which she excelled for many years, one of the first female reporters and anchors on television. Now retired and facing a terminal illness, she reminisces on her colorful life and loves, with some regrets but many fond memories. She teams with her favorite niece and the niece's life partner, and plans to help them achieve their dreams for an ambitious oceanographic research project. 

I often find books with numerous flashback sequences to be tedious, but this one held my interest with its positive focus, and provided informative insights along the way. You can't help but admire Cunningham's spirit and resolve, something that many of us would aspire to do if we could. While technically a lesbian novel, I (a gay man) enjoyed it immensely, and believe it could be a captivating read for anyone with an open mind. Well written and paced, and I give it five stars out of five.


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