Book: Convergence by John Needhamcategories: Book, Elderly Love, Cottages, Race, Countryside, Prejudice, Love Story, Romance
John Needhamabout this book: Two people, both living out their twilight years. Both alone, and content to be so. Or so they think . . .
Once-long-ago-married Martin is now a loner, a bachelor, a house renovator who has retired to a cottage in the beautiful South Shropshire Hills. His final project is a pair of stone cottages: one for himself and his springer spaniel Bessie to live in; the other to rent out to supplement his pension.
Lily's parents came to Britain from the West Indies on the Empire Windrush in 1948 in search of a new beginning. She has spent her life as one of the first generation of British-born black people, suffering prejudice and abuse in her early life and tragedy and betrayal later. Lily seeks a place in the country for her retirement too.
Their very different histories meet when Lily becomes Martin's tenant. Just when they'd both thought it would never happen again, romance, surprisingly passionate romance, blossoms. This gentle story of interracial love in the autumn of life, told with great empathy, tenderness and occasional humour, is at once poignant and uplifting. You may need tissues now and then when you read Convergence, but you'll smile too.
There is ultimate sadness as the two souls coalesce but their coming together is also life-affirming; a celebration of intrinsic human kindness.
• "...the last chapter took me completely by surprise, leaving me moved and yet uplifted"
• "This is a book I will never forget. Thank you for such a wonderful love story"
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