Review published on October 5, 2016.
This is the first Alan Titchmarsh novel I have read, so I have nothing to compare it to. I found it to be quite a pleasant and enjoyable read, although it did lack a bit of oomph. It’s a very gentle story about 55-year-old Timothy Gandy, who finds himself unexpectedly alone after years of being in a stale marriage. He decides to undertake a Grand Tour of Europe in the style of young men during the late 18th century and finds himself in Paris, Monte Carlo and Rome. Along the way, he sort of finds himself again.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s a brilliant idea for a book, but it was a little on the tame side and there was the odd cliched moment. However, when I finished reading it I knew that I had enjoyed it and it had been an easy and sweet read; hence, my 4 star rating. Ultimately, it’s quite a feel-good story and whilst it won’t set the world on fire, it did leave me feeling quite satisfied at the end.
Nicola Smith 4/2
Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh
Hodder & Stoughton 9780340953075 hbk Sep 2016
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