The Year of the Fox

A Good Life Novel

Fiction - Chick Lit
336 Pages
Reviewed on 08/18/2019
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Author Biography

MERREN TAIT didn’t know she had a writer lurking in her, but after studying literature, teaching literature, and sharing the love of it as a librarian, she figures it had only been a matter of time before the author within burst out. The Year of the Fox, her debut novel, is what happened after a year of feverish writing in her spare time.
Merren lives in a small house on a large piece of land near Raglan, New Zealand where she dreams up fabulous names for her chickens. Like Princess Layer.

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Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite

The Year of the Fox: A Good Life Novel by Merren Tait is about the adventures of Nancy Myers. After being unceremoniously dumped for a younger woman by her boyfriend, she abandons her job and home to buy land in an idyllic rural location. Her previous inner-city abode is a far cry from the rolling farmland in the foothills of the Southern Alps in New Zealand. She arrives jobless and homeless. However, she has big plans to build her own house if only she can get the money together. Her other problems include the haunting presence of her ex-boyfriend and a legal issue with the land. This is further complicated by the rather attractive man living next door. This is one woman's journey from an emotional mess to independence and success.

This is chick-lit at its best. Merren Tait has written a genuinely funny novel packed full of clever one-liners. I totally loved Nancy, a feisty forty-year-old with a strong character and a great sense of humor. She felt foolish, old and useless but she was actually full of life and even managed to have a lot of sex! She was an inspiring woman with her strong work ethic and exceptional woodworking skills. The support characters were a perfect mix of personalities and ages. I particularly liked Gracie and the way she and Nancy bounced off each other. Anyone who has just left a relationship feeling a bit low will really enjoy this book. The Year of the Fox is witty and entertaining with original dialogue. A really great book!