Bonnie and Stan by Anna Stuart – Review.

About The Book

After 50 years together Stan still adores his wife… so why is he dating again?

Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. Now they’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally building their dream home, when disaster strikes.

Stan is running out of time, and can’t bear the thought of leaving Bonnie alone. Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…

Bonnie & Stan is a poignant, surprising love story set during the Swinging Sixties and the present day. Ultimately feel-good and full of emotion, Bonnie & Stan will make your heart sing.

My Review

Every so often I need a break from crime fiction and Bonnie and Stan was a perfect choice. Being set in my favourite UK city, Liverpool, was only a small part of how much I enjoyed this novel. 

It takes place in modern times as well as in the 1960s. Bonnie and Stan feature in both but at first you are only aware of who Bonnie is. I could only guess at who Stan might be. In the 60s it is really only her who the story focuses on, in modern day that narrative switches to Stan as he comes to terms with his diagnosis.

Bonnie was a character I adored. I thought she was brave to go with her dream of being an architect, despite the constant ridicule she faced from her tutor and the other students. I wished we could see their reactions in the modern day after she had a very successful career, despite being a married woman with a family. I liked her love of the music scene, Liverpool life, and her dedication to the band. 

I also had a lot of appreciation for Stan,  I wasn’t entirely sure whether he was one of the band  but I spent a quite lot of the novel trying to work it out and if he wasn’t how did they meet. I loved seeing his relationship with his family, especially his grandchildren, his love for Bonnie, his friendship with Dave and his misguided attempts to help Bonnie deal with life after his death. It could have been heart wrenching but even though it was moving, it was handled with humour and understanding. And a little bit of frustration. 

I found this a lovely and refreshing novel, obviously sad because all the characters have to come to terms with Stan’s illness, but not overly so.  What is evident is how close Stan’s family were, his daughters didn’t initially seem close but they did put  differences behind them. And with Dave, the ladies man, there was some wonderful humour. 

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