Skilfully written and delightfully intriguing, Secrets of Blue and Gold is a refreshing and engaging novel. From the opening moment, we are with the central character, Fran, as she encounters strangers and explores her new neighbourhood. Her observant eye and sense of style, the surprising nature of her inner thoughts, her ability to balance intuitive spontaneity with the wisdom of experience and calm reflection – are all very attractive. Relaxed, curious, adventurous, loyal and independent, she enjoys forming friendships and relationships, learning new things and taking risks. This is a feel-good book.
The plot keeps us intrigued and entertained, but also gives much fuel for thought – raising very interesting questions around creativity and the brain; the ethical issues around interference in those processes; and business and government’s role in these.
As we near the end, the plot races towards an exhilarating climax. And finally, like a Shakespearean comedy in the truest sense, we are left with a sense of harmony, celebration and possibility… full circle. Enjoy!
by Lucy Bronwin