Chasing Marian is a charming, feel-good story from four local authors – Amy Heydenrych, Qarnita Loxton, Pamela Power and Gail Schimmel.
The story centers around four strangers who connect over their fondness for international bestselling author Marian Keyes. Each character has their own reasons for wanting to meet their favourite author, but it is the common goal of meeting her that brings them together in friendship.
And so the members of The South African Marian Keyes Fan Club start plotting and pooling their resources to kick their plan into action. Along the way, however, the four friends discover unexpected things about one another, and step in to try and give advice, lend a helping hand or just be there to listen to their friends’ problems.
Jess is beautiful and kind, but behind her smile lies much pain after her recent separation from her husband and their new financial troubles. Ginger is a widow, often chastised by her daughters for not being more technologically savvy, but she’s about to show them that you’re never too old to learn a few new tricks. Matt is a sensitive and almost-qualified psychologist, although he’s not so well versed in love just yet he’s certainly willing to throw caution to the wind when it comes to his heart. Queenie is a reserved librarian who longs to jump into new adventures and not just secretly write about them.
South African readers will rejoice at the local references and language which make reading this book a delight. I loved getting to know the characters, seeing how online friendships formed real-life connections and how these friendships evolved.
Chasing Marian is a great holiday read, perfect for those who love reading Marian Keyes books!
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.