Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who’s lived alone in a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she’s taken to spending her days sitting on the steps of her caravan with a pair of binoculars. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it. Freddy Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the war. He’s agreed to fulfil a dying friend’s last wish and hand-deliver a letter to the boy’s father in Cornwall. But Freddy’s journey doesn’t go to plan, and sees him literally wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit. When Marvellous comes to his aid, an unlikely friendship grows between the two. Can Freddy give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?
I was attracted to this book straight away by it’s beautiful cover, it really is lovely and it doesn’t stop there, what’s inside is even lovelier.
A Year of Marvellous Way’s is actually about a wonderful lady who is actually called Marvellous Ways. It’s 1947 and Marvellous reminded me very much of a gypsy woman, living in her caravan with people coming to her for help with potions to help with all sorts of ailments and problems. Through this wonderfully told story we find out more about who Marvellous really is and her colourful past.
We meet a wonderful array of characters through this story like Francis ‘Freddy” Drake and Peace, who bakes bread but the taste of her bread is determined by her moods and feelings.
I can see this book not being to everyone’s tastes as it is very quirky but I think if readers give it a chance I think by the end of the story they will have fallen ever so slightly for the wonderfully different Marvellous Ways.
My favourite character had to be Marvellous, she fascinated me and I couldn’t wait to turn each page to learn more about who she is and what had happened to her in her past. I thought the ending was very fitting to the story and left me feeling a mixture of happiness and sadness.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more by her.
Many thanks too Bookbridgr and Headline Book Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A Year Of Marvellous Ways is available to purchase from Amazon