Breathing Space by Sylvia May

Breathing Space by Sylvia May
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (207 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Sometimes walking away from your life is the only way to find yourself.

Lydia’s vacation on Hyde Island turns into a journey of self-discovery. The island so entices her that she decides to stay, forsaking her family and obligations in Toronto. Her new life on the lush green island is peopled with interesting characters: a hippy scientist, a dashing Southern gentleman, a slimy boss, and an undocumented Mexican hotel maid with a sad history. As Lydia makes one questionable choice after another, she soon begins to understand why she so easily succumbed to Hyde Island’s lure.

How many of us have gone on holiday, either alone or with friends or family, and been reluctant to return home? I know I’ve been in this situation and there can be many reasons. Not wanting to return to humdrum life, not happy at home, or simply wanting a breathing space from everyday life.

As the title tells us, this book is about a breathing space for Lydia.

Hyde Island has provided her with a glorious place to paint and get away from family and obligations in Toronto, but when it comes time to return, she refuses to go back. This woman is clever and resourceful and finds herself a job and a place to stay while she tries to decide where her future will lead her. Freedom is the feeling she experiences on the island, but she knows it can’t last forever.

Lydia’s story pulled me gently into a soft relaxing time, with a little jolt every now and again to make me aware I had to think of the future too. All the way through the book I tried to guess if she would return to her life, start a completely new one or compromise. I got it wrong, but I’m not going to put in a spoiler. I definitely enjoyed this book and would be happy to read it again, or read another of Ms May’s stories.

One last thing I must say is I loved the cover. It encompassed exactly what the book was about and drew my attention in before the opening words.

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