I used be a part of an online freecycling group and really like the concept. So it was natural for me to want to read Freecycling For Beginners, even though I didn’t know what to expect from it.
The time has come for Jane to sell the family home. Downsizing to a flat means that everything must go, but her late husband’s favourite chair is far too precious for the tip.
Meanwhile, Robyn, balancing her precarious career as a portrait artist with raising an autistic son, is searching for a chair with panache that will allow her sitters to pose in comfort.
Elsewhere in the city, Tracey is clearing out her wardrobe at the same moment that divorced and cash-strapped Debbie is frantically seeking a prom dress for her daughter.
None of these women have ever met until Freecycle brings them together and their lives are about to be changed in ways they could never have imagined.
My Review of Freecycling for Beginners
This was a surprisingly good read. What starts off with Jane, a widow, who is downsizing in order to move to an apartment, offering her husband’s chair on the Freecycle website. When artist, Robyn, and her the family come to take away the chair, a connection is formed that affects them all in a way no one could have imagined. Similarly other characters in the book get connected as this story progresses.
The author has created great characters, each with different challenges. The beauty of this story is how they all provide for each other not just old stuff but emotional support. Soon strangers became friends and friends became family. And there’s family that have forgotten what it is to be family and re-learn how to love and care.
There are so many elements to this book that it’s quite hard to express. Suffice to say that you wouldn’t go wrong if you picked up this lovely read.
Hoping to read more of Misha Herwin’s work.
About The Author
Misha M Herwin is a Staffordshire based writer. When not writing she runs workshops for adults and children, including youth groups at the New Vic Theatre, and events such as the 6×6 Story Café for Stoke Libraries. She spends what spare time she has with family and friends, reading, working in her garden and baking. Scones are a speciality.