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Three Women and a Boat

Reviewed by June Ansell of Gants Hill Evening Guild

Centred on the theme of new beginnings and second chances, this novel follows the story of three unlikely friends, during milestone moments in their lives.

A joy to read, this story involves two women, both the other side of 50, who meet by chance on a towpath.  Eve has been sacked from her high-powered job while Sally has decided to take a break from her marriage.  Their efforts to rescue a howling dog from a nearby narrowboat result in a confrontation with the angry owner, Anastasia.  To their surprise - over apologies for damage to the boat and a cup of tea - Anastasia suggests they take the boat to Chester while she continues with her ongoing hospital treatment.

Neither Sally nor Eve has ever set foot on a boat, let alone negotiated waterways.  However, Anastasia is adamant and - after a brief discussion and a short course on canal boat management - they agree.

There follows a delightful tale of a meandering journey along the canals and waterways, sharing the driving, discovering and manoeuvring locks. The novel is full of interesting characters, adventures and, above all, the makings of a lasting friendship.

A delightful book with much to think about, not least enjoying the passage of travel and time.

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