- Publisher: Penguin Australia
- Published: 18 April 2023
- Paperback: 357 pages
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Phoenix Rose, a 35-year-old neurodivergent teacher, is at a crossroads in her career and in her relationship with her boyfriend, Zack. But when she receives an urgent plea from a friend in Tasmania who needs to rehome her beloved animals, Phoenix, who has always led with her heart, spontaneously decides to help.
When she suddenly finds herself the custodian of an eccentric dog, two cats, a clutch of chickens and a geriatric pony, she makes another snap decision – to provide a new home for them all herself. The trouble is, she will have to drive the menagerie all the way back to Brisbane in time to return to Zack and her job – and she cannot do it alone.
She enlists the help of Lily – a colourful younger woman who is also neurodivergent – as well as resourceful members of their online community. Together the new friends must navigate unexpected twists, setbacks and moments of heartbreak and triumph as they both move towards a new identity and understanding of themselves.
The Wonderful Thing about Phoenix Rose is a joyful and moving tale of a woman’s commitment to fulfilling a friend’s dying wish, while finding her own inner strength and power and sharing it with others along the way.
I have been so fortunate this year (2024), because it seems like every book I pick up, I can’t seem to put down. They are all seem to be amazing reads. This one though? This one will be on my bookshelf and reread multiple times, without a doubt. I LOVED this book.
Maybe it was the road trip Phoenix embarked on? Maybe it was the quirky characters in this novel? Maybe it was the gorgeous animals and the kind spirits of Phoenix, Zack and Lily? It was all of those things.
But I also learned a lot with this book. About myself. About my daughter. And about those in the neurodivergent community. This is a contemporary novel set in today’s society, with all its bumps and curves, and it educates the reader in a very subtle way. And it was done with class, without the message being forced.
It also is just a damn great story. And one that puts your faith back in society again. And, there’s cake.
Plus, Phoenix’s speech toward the end if the book is so well written, it’s something we all need to read – and try and make a reality. Well done Josephine Moon!
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