by Peter Johnson
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Pub Date 28 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 19 Dec 2023
Retirement and the impending move to his new family home will be challenging for workaholic Headmaster John Stevens after years of being at the top of the professional tree with considerable influence and responsibility. How will he cope with no longer being the “bee’s knees”? His wife Sally, a highly respected GP, intends to work for at least another five years. Can he adjust to being the partner at home? And has he spent too much time with other people’s children and neglected his own?
To make matters worse, disaster strikes within weeks of leaving his post. John’s life is thrown into turmoil and he needs all his strength and resilience to cope. His weaknesses as a parent are exposed, family tensions are heightened and unsettling questions about his marriage are raised.
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Work has always come ahead of family for Headmaster John Stevens. Now, as his retirement begins, he must learn to live without his usual organized days. His wife Sally has purchased and furnished a new home for them, called Plot One by the villagers. She’s also planned a three week tour of America. It ends in disaster and John’s life is horrifically changed. He now has long days to discover his interests and see his flaws. He reconnects with his young adult children and slowly becomes an important part of their lives. He learns to adapt and change and becomes a far better person than he was before retirement.
Plot One is lyrical, beautifully written and full of characters you want to know more about. Your heart breaks for John as he builds a new life, a life far different than what he had planned. His children, Emma and Joe, are finding a new relationship with their once absent and usually prickly father. I loved watching them learn to see their parents as adults with problems of their own. All the characters are described with such detail that you feel you would recognize them one the street. Plot One is a jewel. 5 stars.
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