Out of Play by Joy Norstrom an ARC Review

Out of Play Book Cover Out of Play
Joy Norstrom
Women's fiction
Crooked Cat Publishing
27th October 2016
212 pages

Gillian Campbell is out of patience.

Her husband is choosing his hobby over her. And the hobby in question? Live Action Role-Play, or ‘larp’. Larp involves dressing up as a character (be it medieval knight, banshee or centaur) and participating in imaginary battles for entire weekends.

Gillian is not impressed. She seeks professional advice and is surprised when her therapist encourages her to try larp. “Who knows? It may make you smile. It may make you laugh. It may even improve your sex life. How terrible could it be?”

The advice seems super sketch to Gillian, but she decides to don a costume and give it a go. If larp doesn't work a marital miracle, Gillian will be able to walk away knowing she tried absolutely everything before giving up.

Will going on her own role-play adventure heal Gillian's marriage, or will the game shed light on everything that is wrong?

Ever heard of larping?! Nope, me neither! And neither had Gillian until her husband took himself every weekend to do it!

Gillian is at her wits end, fed up with her marriage, totally frustrated with her husband so seeks the advise of a therapist. Her instructions, to immerse herself into her husband’s world, to try out this Live Action role play malarkey, to stir things up a bit, try and see what his life is about. So that is what she does! Will it save their marriage or continue to drive them apart?!

Out of Play was very funny, I chuckled my way through it until almost the end when it became quite an emotional read. The characters were well thought out and engaging, I loved Gillian’s wit and could relate to some of her married woes!

This debut novel was a pleasant read, nicely structured, it kept me engaged all the way through and hit the spot guaranteeing a warm fuzzy feeling by the end.

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