Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Blog Tour: Tranquility by @lauriegardiner #review

Women's Fiction  
Date Published: December 2014

Tranquility belies its name. Behind the nursing home's serene exterior hides a sinister secret.
Soon after transferring to Tranquility's dementia unit, support worker Sarah Scott suspects a co-worker of abuse. Doing the right thing could mean losing her job, and unemployment is not an option for the young, single mom.
Meanwhile, Sarah questions whether her newest resident, Edie, belongs in the locked unit. The feisty, Scottish woman certainly doesn't act as though she has dementia. Sarah is determined to have Edie released, but her plans are thwarted when Edie risks her own freedom to help find the proof needed to stop the abuse.

This novel is definitely more on the serious side. It actually made me think about what I would do in a situation like that. Everyone reacts differently and Sarah definitely had to debate her course of action. Ultimately she decides she needs to help. 

I enjoyed the relationship between Sarah and Edie. The way Sarah got to know her really is what you hope for when your parents are in a home like that.

This is a very well written Women's Fiction novel and I enjoyed it immensely. 

Laurie grew up on a farm in a small Northern Ontario community in Canada. She left home at seventeen to experience life in the city and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband of twenty-seven years.
Raising three kids, teaching fitness and operating a home daycare left little time for writing, but she did have some poetry published in various anthologies over the years. In 1997, her short story “Til Death Do Us Part” placed first in the Cambridge Writers Collective anthology.
At the age of forty, Laurie went back to school and began a new career as a personal support worker. Though she ended up working in homecare, it was a placement in the dementia unit of a long-term care facility that inspired her to write her first novel, Tranquility.
Laurie is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Program through the local community college and is working on her second novel.
Twitter: @lauriegardiner

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the great review, Everleigh, and for hosting me. I appreciate it so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed Tranquility.