Book review, ‘Darling’ by Rachel Edwards and Why Reading is Good for You

Life can be extremely stressful for all of us at times, especially when you have six kids. By the time I’ve dealt with a toddler tantrum, negotiated with a hormonal teenager, broke up a full on fist fight, chased the dog around the garden, and picked up the packet of spaghetti that someone felt would be fun to scatter artfully about the kitchen, I’m ready for a large glass of wine. This isn’t acceptable at 11:00am, unfortunately, so I’ve had to find other ways to unwind. There can be something very calming about reading. (And I’m not talking about scrolling through your social media sites, reading other people’s statuses or tweets!) In fact research has actually demonstrated the power of reading to help us to chillax! A 2009 study found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. There are other health benefits too. Reading may actually reduce your chance of getting Alzheimer’s and can increase your intelligence. Win, win. It also sets a good example to your kids. Children learn by copying. If they see you reading for pleasure, they will adopt the habit too.

So with that in mind, I thought I would share my opinion on a book I have read recently.

Set amidst the turmoil and confusion of a Britain on the brink of Brexit, ‘Darling’ is part thriller, part love story, part social commentary and probably many other things besides. The eponymous hero, Darling, a Black British nurse meets affluent white man Thomas and has to contend with his beautiful, spoilt, insecure daughter. As the atmosphere in Britain intensifies, so it does in Darling’s new home as she marries Thomas and has to adapt to living with her hostile stepdaughter. I won’t say much more because the plot has some great twists and turns. Let’s just say I nearly burned the potatoes one day I was so engrossed. This book was original and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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