Spinning Forward, by Terri DuLong, is the story of Sydney Webster who finds herself, at the age of fifty-two, widowed and in a financial situation. Her story is absolutely inspiring: she turns her love of knitting into a business and moves forward with her life. Along the way she learns more about the inhabitants of her the little resort town that she's moved to and more about her past.
Throughout the story, we are presented with Sydney's challenges to get her business off the ground. She struggles with her own demons, wondering what she will do at this point in her life (she hadn't worked in over twenty years). Then there are the naysayers in town who don't think a yarn/ knitting shop will work. Worse yet is the reaction from own daughter. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone pursuing their dreams? Including (hopefully) the happy ending?
As a writer, I really learned about plot development while reading Spinning Forward. Terri DuLong does a great job of setting things in place and in motion for everything to be resolved appropriately by the end. I've picked this up by reading mystery and crime novels. It was easier to understand in a novel that A Place to Call Their Own resembles.
Whether you're a reader or writer, I'm sure you will enjoy Spinning Forward.
Have you read any inspiring fiction lately? I'd love to hear your comments!