shaking bridestone

…is the story of one woman’s life that has become increasingly meaningless; and her struggle with grief and her ultimate triumph in retaining her sense of humor and self-worth, as she attempts to start over.

 

shaking bridestone

Charlotte Singer Brown is having a Midlife Crisis. All caps. And no amount of denial, cozy socks, or running around the garden with a martini and a hoe will dissolve the feeling that she has given in to a truck load of mediocrity. Not to mention the disquieting idea of moving somewhere. Anywhere. As long as it’s Scotland.

On a whim, Charlotte – or Charlie, as everyone calls her – decides to sell Bridestone, her behemoth of a Victorian, and receives an unexpected proposition from the quirky MacIntosh  family, who show up one day on her doorstep. Within the course of one pivotal year, Charlie catches raw glimpses of a past she thought she’d left behind – including the death of her father, her strained relationship with her mother, and her husband’s unsuccessful fight with colon cancer.

With the help of an arbitrary group who begin to feel like family, along with a copious amount of tea-drinking, Charlie finally comes to face a life blown open, the ugly and the sublime. The precarious and the absolute. And everything in between.