When Sky Walker (yes, as in Star Wars) and Gail Scott meet on a flight to Morocco, Sky’s still reeling from the shock of learning that her husband is not only in love with, but is leaving her for, her beloved male best friend, Nick. Gail, on the other hand, is on a mission to find her young son’s Moroccan father, Tariq... who doesn’t even know of his existence.
As the new friends arrive at the Riad Fontaine in Marrakech, Sky remains hurt and angry - not least because Nick has followed her there, in a perhaps misguided attempt to sort things out. Gail is understandably anxious and wondering if she’s doing the right thing in seeking out Tariq, with no idea what she may find or what reception she will get. Then there’s Beatrice, the riad’s French owner, and her winemaker ex-husband Philippe, also in residence.
As the story - and the characters - move from Marrakech back to the UK and then to Philippe’s chateau in Bordeaux, relationships are formed, ended, renewed and healed.
We meet a delightfully diverse cast of characters both in Morocco and France - not least, the entirely adorable Emmie and a pet piglet named Sausage - as well as a couple of, shall we say, not-so-delightful ones! (Looking at you, Celine...)
I loved both settings - Morocco and France - which emerged very clearly, the sights and sounds jumping off the page. It's no surprise to learn that the author, Janie, lives in France - and has presumably spent time in Marrakech too - as both are atmospherically and believably conveyed. Indeed by the time I finished the book my wanderlust had definitely been stirred.
While the story generally flowed very well, the fact that Sky’s parts of the story are told in first person and the others in third meant that the sometimes rapid changes from one to the other could occasionally feel a little jarring, as we moved back and forth between Sky's narrative and third person accounts. It wasn't a major issue, though.
Sky’s the Limit is a lovely warm-hearted read which I enjoyed very much.
Thank you to Janie Millman and to Emily Glenister at Dome Press for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour!
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Janie Millman is the author of Life's a Drag (Dome Press, Feb 2017). She was an actress for over twenty years, appearing in venues around the UK, in London's West End and abroad. In 2009 she and her husband, actor Michael Wilson, moved to south west France and opened Chez Castillon to host retreats and creative courses. (I've just added it to my list of dream holidays...)