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July’s Book of the Month – Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase by Jane Riley

If you like a book that breaks your heart and before putting it back together again, then Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase by Jane Riley is the summer read for you.

Geraldine Verne, a retired librarian, is recently widowed and struggling to cope without her beloved Jack, a butterfly enthusiast and specialist who she was married to for fifty years. She has lost all motivation in life and is a dishevelled wreck of her former self. Now Jack is gone and Geraldine is left with his ashes and a wish that they be scattered somewhere ‘exotic’ but as Geraldine is stricken with anxiety and can’t make it beyond her front door, Jack’s wish seems unlikely to happen.

Despite the book beautifully detailing the different stages of grief it is ultimately an uplifting celebration of life, love, unlikely friendships and the people who stick by you during hard times. Jack’s indomitable spirit, sense of adventure and adoration for his beloved ‘Geri’  shines through on every page.

Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase






Carole Ludlow

I was terrified of going through the menopause and whilst I glided through relatively unscathed, I didn't entirely escape its attempts to knock me down I firmly believe there is a positive side the menopause and to being an older woman in the 21st century. In my fifties I trained as a fitness instructor, which I did as a side hustle to my regular job of a college librarian. I also took up belly dancing and danced on stage in a city theatre and created my own fitness classes with hula hoops. Last year at the age of 61 I ditched the library job and now buy and sell vintage jewellery, run fitness classes and work part time from home in a customer services role. It ain't over till its over.

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