Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Tranquility by @lauriegardiner #review



Women's Fiction  
Date Published: December 2014

Tranquility belies its name. Behind the nursing home's serene exterior hides a sinister secret.
Soon after transferring to Tranquility's dementia unit, support worker Sarah Scott suspects a co-worker of abuse. Doing the right thing could mean losing her job, and unemployment is not an option for the young, single mom.
Meanwhile, Sarah questions whether her newest resident, Edie, belongs in the locked unit. The feisty, Scottish woman certainly doesn't act as though she has dementia. Sarah is determined to have Edie released, but her plans are thwarted when Edie risks her own freedom to help find the proof needed to stop the abuse.


Review

Wow, I truly enjoyed Laurie Gardiner's writing style in this novel. Sometimes it can take me a bit to get into a story, but I felt like the way this story flowed was effortless. I truly enjoyed Sarah as a character from the beginning and understood her motives throughout the story. The story itself progressed nicely. I didn't feel like it was rushed or dragged. I liked the focus of the novel. The theme was something I haven't read a lot about and I think it was well executed as well. I adored Edie as a character. The ins and outs of nursing homes and what could happen and what probably does happen too often is very serious and thoughtprovoking. 



Laurie grew up on a farm in a small Northern Ontario community in Canada. She left home at seventeen to experience life in the city and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband of twenty-seven years.
Raising three kids, teaching fitness and operating a home daycare left little time for writing, but she did have some poetry published in various anthologies over the years. In 1997, her short story “Til Death Do Us Part” placed first in the Cambridge Writers Collective anthology.
At the age of forty, Laurie went back to school and began a new career as a personal support worker. Though she ended up working in homecare, it was a placement in the dementia unit of a long-term care facility that inspired her to write her first novel, Tranquility.
Laurie is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Program through the local community college and is working on her second novel.
Twitter: @lauriegardiner



1 comment:

lauriegardiner.me said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed my book! (Edie's one of my favourite characters too) Thanks for the great review and for featuring Tranquility today.

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