Widows on the Wine Path

A BRAND NEW laugh-out-loud book club pick from Julia Jarman for 2024

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Pub Date Apr 03 2024 | Archive Date Apr 03 2024

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‘Julia’s writing is a sparkling delight.’ Sophie Hannah

Viv, Janet and Zelda know all about facing the wobbly first year of becoming a widow as their friendship was forged when they ran away from the same dreary support group. Forming instead the much more lively widows' wine club – The Muscateers – they welcome new member Libby with open arms.

Libby feels lost without Jim, her husband of more than thirty years, but the warmth, friendship and fun the women wrap her up in inspires her to begin to look to the future. When a solo trip to the theatre brings a blast from the past back into her life, things are looking up.

But as cravat-wearing, smooth-talking Monty Charles sweeps Libby off her feet, the women of the Muscateers smell a rat. They know only too well that the first year of widowhood is prime for making mistakes, and they’re determined to protect their friend. And as Monty soon finds out to his cost, never underestimate a Widow on the Wine Path…

Julia Jarman is back with her latest big-hearted tale of love and laughter, friendship and finding your feet. Perfect for all fans of Judy Leigh, Maddie Please and Cathy Kelly.

Praise for Julia Jarman:

‘Three women meet as they’re choosing coffins for their husbands and their stories grow from that day. The result is a book full of humanity, heartache and humour. I loved it!’ Adèle Geras

‘Julia Jarman has an original entertaining style that makes you want to read on.’ Katie Fforde

‘What a brilliant premise for a novel! Julia’s writing is a sparkling delight.’ Sophie Hannah

Readers love Julia Jarman:

‘Julia Jarman has a captivating writing style. Her words are funny and wise and kept me turning the pages. This is a book that made me laugh, it put a lump in my throat and most of all gave me hope that I’ll still be drinking wine and laughing with my friends for many years to come. A joyous romp of a read.’

‘Jarman's writing combines humor, heartache, and humanity, resulting in an uplifting narrative. The characters' camaraderie and resilience are infectious, reminding us that age is no barrier to pursuing dreams.’

‘I'm not known for being a big reader and have been known to read a book til the last chapter and then not finish as I'm not interested how it ends. This book however was different. Really enjoyed the topic, characters and story lines. Kept me reading til the very end and I'm looking forward to the next one to see what happens to everyone. I thoroughly recommend this book.’

‘Twists and turns on every page. Belly laughs and sadness. A brilliant book. An easy read feel good book that I found hard to put down.’

‘Julia’s writing is a sparkling delight.’ Sophie Hannah

Viv, Janet and Zelda know all about facing the wobbly first year of becoming a widow as their friendship was forged when they ran away from the...

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Widows On The Wine Path by Julia Jarman is a wonderful, contemporary novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is the second book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. I recommend reading the previous book first, for continuity of character and maximum enjoyment.
This is a book about friendship between four widows. We meet three in book one, but now Libby is newly widowed. The first year is the hardest, one needs love and support. It is also the year in which one is most vulnerable and needs the help of friends in order to navigate the waters of widowhood.
The four friends meet regularly. In order to keep each other safe, if one of them is going out, they let the others know where, who with and for how long. Safety checks are wise.
We meet an unscrupulous character who preys on the vulnerable. The unsuspecting character finds herself gas lighted, but is clueless at first. Those on the outside can see what is happening. Bit by bit her freedom is eroded but she is blind to this. Her self esteem is questioned as it plummets. The holiday of a lifetime soon becomes the stuff of nightmares.
All for one and one for all! No one is left behind when the muscateers ride into town.
All the characters were well drawn and realistic. The ‘good’ characters were warm, welcoming and loyal. The pantomime villain of the piece elicited ‘boos’ in my head each time he appeared!
The tone is light-hearted despite some really heavy and serious themes. This juxta-positioning works well, making the novel a palatable and enjoyable read.
I love the widows series from Julia Jarman as we witness what friendship and love is all about.
I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

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