by Rana Asfour
So we’re moving AGAIN … After a period of just under five years, my time amongst the wonderful people of the UAE is coming to a close. Six months down the line, the BookFabulous family will be off to make a new home in Washington DC. Mr. BookFabulous has found himself a new media challenge in the American capital and so off we go! I won’t say my goodbyes just yet Abu Dhabi, I’ll save the tears for when the time comes when I have to get on that plane.
With nothing left for me to do during the few days when my home’s contents were being attacked by a swarm of hands hired to secure my life into boxes, I retreated to the café next door to begin reading an apt novel that my baby brother (who’s ahem really in his mid 30s) gifted me for New Year. A wonderful cheery tale by Lucy Diamond entitled ‘The House of New Beginnings’ published by Pan Macmillan.
It’s a novel set in Brighton in the UK, and involves three women whose paths cross when they move into Building 11 on Dukes Square. It ‘s a heartwarming tale about bravely starting anew and finding friendship and even love in the unlikeliest of encounters. It’s a novel that’s funny, and warm and packed with yummy cooking that I wished there were a recipe section at the end of the book for all the mouth-watering food the characters seemed to enjoy.
In a fun and amazing twist, I tweeted how the book could not have been read at a better time in my life and the amazing Lucy Diamond replied back and wished me the best of luck on my move. How brilliant is she??? And, just so you know, she wrote the book while surrounded by packing boxes too.