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The Wild Roses
by D B Carter
Publisher: Mirador Publishing
Three friendships torn apart by one chance meeting.By autumn 1984 Sharon and Pip are in their final years of school and on the verge of adulthood. Best friends for as long as they can remember, the two young women befriend their badly bullied schoolmate, Gavin. Their futures are bright until a chance meeting leads to a path of corruption, anger and malicious betrayal. Sometimes, when we can’t rely on those we love, our only hope is in the kindness of strangers.All three teens are driven from their homes to follow very different paths. They face dark times of heartbreak and new temptations.But there may be ways out and better futures, if they are willing to take risks. What will they choose, and will they ever see each other again?The Wild Roses is a coming-of-age drama for all ages that speaks honestly of love, loss, jealousy, coercion and self-discovery.
I loved this book, set in the 1980’s we follow three friends coming of age story Pip and Sharon have been best friends since forever along with their friend Gavin who they befriend at school.
After going out one night with Pip, Sharon takes up with a band, and from here her life takes a turn that see’s her betraying her friends and leaving home for London. Before she leaves she tars Pip with being a thief and druggy which results her in being suspended from school and losing her job.
Sharon is the catalyst for Pip and Gavin’s life paths yet she is also the reason that they can’t stop wondering what happened to her when she left home never to be heard from again. Gavin becomes almost obsessed with finding her along with Sharon’s father.
Although this is set in the 80’s a lot of the themes in the book such as sexual assault, drug culture, money struggles, and domestic abuse are very prevalent in today’s day and age. I am a child of the 80’s so loved the era and I loved how real the characters were and I loved reading the different paths that Pip and Gavin take and their journey of love, heartache and realisation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
D B Carter writes contemporary drama and romance novels, dealing with difficult subjects as well has happier themes. A son of two painters, he grew up surrounded by art and through that world, he met many interesting characters. Later, he ran his own successful company for over 20 years, before taking up his life-long desire to be a writer.
He lives with his wife of 30 years in rural Devon, England. A lifelong bibliophile, he loves reading classical literature, including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Thomas Hardy and Anthony Trollope; a childhood of Saturday afternoon black-and-white movies added to his appreciation of sagas and drama.
His world view is, “If we look for the good, we will find it.”
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