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When successful business-owner Kate Shaw realises she is pregnant, after a fling with a previous lover, she has life-changing decisions to make. She needs to be in control of her life. Pregnancy in her fifties was never part of the plan. It becomes her secret.
The risks of having a baby at her age are clear but she struggles with the idea of an abortion. No-one understands her increasingly erratic behaviour as the preoccupation takes over her life.
Her marriage is precarious; the relationship with her former lover uncertain.
Is this the way to madness?
This is a gripping story about dark choices, gnawing discontent and the uncertainties of love.
Gosh, this is a very different read – a contemporary tale of the unexpected! It continues with events after the thirty year reunion of a group of Pharmacists who had been at university together, a story started in “A Taste of His Own Medicine”. There are repercussions to the events at that reunion, ones that none of them had foreseen and ones that are life changing for those involved.
As in the first story, Kate Shaw is the main protagonist. She’s a successful business woman, owning a chain of pharmacies and married. However, she’s in her fifties and certainly didn’t anticipate discovering she’s pregnant after a fling with an ex at the reunion. So starts another dark tale as she considers her options, especially considering the risks caused by her age. But she isn’t the only one in this dilemma!
The story explores friendships, betrayal, adultery, relationships and so much more. The author has obviously carried out a lot of research on the impact of Down’s syndrome on all aspects of family life and this information is skilfully interwoven into the story as both women consider what to do and Kate’s photographer husband plans an exhibition on the “Ups and Downs”. It is a moving story at times. Kate is definitely not a sympathetic or likeable character but it still works and there are several other issues entwined through the story. This is story filled with dark humour, angst and choices, taking a look at life when things just aren’t working out as anticipated….. Not really a book to cheer you up, though it may well help you count your blessings!!
Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night. She has now written two novels, ‘A Taste of his own Medicine’ and its sequel, ‘A Prescription for Madness’ using her background in pharmacy as the setting of both. These are easy books to read, suitable for Book Club discussions. ‘ A Prescription for Madness’ is more serious than the first book, dealing with such issues as pregnancy in later life and Down’s Syndrome.
She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including ‘Mslexia’, ‘Litro’ online, ‘Scribble’, ‘The Oldie’, ‘Berkshire Life’ and ‘Living France’. She was a finalist in the ‘Hysteria’ short story competition.
Linda blogs at http://www.linimeant.wordpress.com where her ‘Random Writings’ include a range of topics from travel to ‘Things that pop into my head’.
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