Freecycling for Beginners
The time has come for Jane to sell the family home. Downsizing to a flat means that everything must go, but her late husband’s favourite chair is far too precious for the tip.
Meanwhile, Robyn, balancing her precarious career as a portrait artist with raising an autistic son, is searching for a chair with panache that will allow her sitters to pose in comfort.
Elsewhere in the city, Tracey is clearing out her wardrobe at the same moment that divorced and cash-strapped Debbie is frantically seeking a prom dress for her daughter.
None of these women have ever met until Freecycle brings them together and their lives are about to be changed in ways they could never have imagined.
REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 4 STARS
This book definitely fits that old adage of, Never judge a book by its cover, or indeed the title. That is exactly what I did and boy how wrong could I be? This is not a lesson in how to freecycle, nor how to use the website. Its about the lives that are brought together after using Freecycle.
The Story revolves around several characters, families, single people, dogs, life, love and just being good to each other by the simple act of sharing what you no longer need can bring joy to others.
As Misha herself says in the book “who could have imagined that one post on freecycle would have changed our lives in so many ways”
I particularly enjoyed how each separate story is brought together and that they all become intertwined through the posts they create and goods that go on to make everyone’s lives that little bit better, from a scruffy old chair to a beautiful prom dress. An Aston Martin lift to the prom, finding a dog a new home through building a rabbit hutch for an Autistic boy. A feel good story that makes you realise there are plenty of good people out there.
Unfortunately I had to drop a star for Freecycling because of the language used concerning Finn, an Autistic child who is repeatedly referred to as “handicapped” and that he was not “normal” like his brother and sister. As a disabled person, reading this did make me feel quite uncomfortable as these terms are so outdated, they grated with me. I am more than happy to read books with disabled characters, in fact there should be more but the language needs to be correct and more positive.
That said this is a delightful tale highlighting how people doing one simple act can change things massively for somebody else.
Author Bio – Misha M Herwin is a Staffordshire based writer. When not writing she runs workshops for adults and children, including youth groups at the New Vic Theatre, and events such as the 6×6 Story Café for Stoke Libraries. She spends what spare time she has with family and friends, reading, working in her garden and baking. Scones are a speciality.
Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/misha.herwin