My top reads of 2018 #Reviews #TopReads #Books

What a year 2018 has been, hectic is an understatement. I’ve once again been privileged to work with many amazing authors, blog tour organisers and publishers. As always I am eternally grateful for the opportunities. I’ve been part of over 155 blog tours, cover reveals, spotlights, promotions and of course reviews!

Now for my 2018 line up and my hot list for 2019!

Where do I start! It’s been really difficult to reduce my list of best reads to just 10 this year so I’ve decided to post 11.

I’ve chosen all of them because they have whisked me away to that wonderful fictional place where all of my real life stresses have disappeared, for me that’s the sign of a good book.

Drum roll please ……

It’s a wonderful night by Jaime Admans

This was definitely a book I will read every Christmas, the story flowed beautifully and had warmth and depth. It tackled the subject of men’s mental health beautifully. It’s full of magic and love.

Read my Review here

My next top read is …

Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch

Oh my goodness, 2018 was made so much better for me when Mavis and Dot entered my life! They are the most unusual, glorious and funny duo. Their antics made me laugh out loud. All proceeds from Mavis and Dot go to cancer research.

Read my Review here

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

A cast of unforgettable characters, this had love and mystery in abundance! I was left with the Boomerville blues when I’d finished.

Read my Review here

Prosecco And Promises by A.L. Michael

I adore the Martini Club series and this one is my favourite, it’s whisks you off to Italy and I didn’t return until the last sentence, perfect for a cold Autumn read.

Read my Review here

A Magician’s Curse by Linda G Hill

Oh my, this book blew me away, it was intense, sexy and all consuming. A must read for any lover of paranormal fiction!

Read my Review here

Spring At Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett

Another fantastic cosy read full of warm characters, a gorgeous storyline and the major feel good factor.

Read my Review here

The Cheesemakers House by Jane Cable

Another amazing read that combines mystery, romance and a touch of paranormal magic. This had me intrigued until the final sentence.

Read my Review here

The Development by Jackie Kabler

My first introduction to Cora Baxter and definitely not my last. This was one of my first cosy crime reads. A great read with a fab twist!

Read My Review here

The Old You by Louise Voss

A chilling story with a major twist. Be prepared to be consumed for a day or two.

Read My Review here

fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

Any book by Rachel is always on either my top ten book list or in my top future reads, this was no exception.

Read My Review here

Valentina by Cristina Hodgson

The Chantelle Rose series is an absolute corner, this was my favourite so far!

Read My Review here

My 2019 reads

2018 has certainly taught me lots, one thing is I need to start pacing myself! I think its so easy to get caught up in the possibility of endless books to read and review, but in doing this I’ve found that reading has sometimes become more a chore than an enjoyable hobby. Because of this I’m going to pace myself in 2019, i’ll still be on regular book tours but I want time to read books on my TBR pile, I want to enjoy reading and not stress because I’ve booked myself onto 3 blog tours in 2 days! I also, and most importantly for me do not want to let people down! So here’s to 2019 and a more calm and happy me!

Now for the top reads on my TBR

The Truths And Truimphs Of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

I have eagerly been awaiting the publication of this beaut and now I don’t have to for much longer!

Publication date – 10th January 2019

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

Anstey Harris

Anstey Harris teaches creative writing for Canterbury Christ Church University and in the community with her own company, Writing Matters. She has been featured in various literary magazines and anthologies, been shortlisted for many prizes, and won the H G Wells Short Story Award. Anstey lives in Kent, UK and is the mother of the singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan.

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

Another gem from Roxie Cooper

Publication Date – 1st February 2019

Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they’re both with other people…

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. 

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

Rosie Cooper

Roxie Cooper lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East. After reading Classics at Newcastle University, she realised she needed a break from studying Latin, Ancient Greek and all that serious stuff, so naturally, she became a dancer in a nightclub (à la Coyote Ugly) for a few years before going to live in Australia. When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for 7 years. Twitter/Instagram @toodletinkbaby.

The Magicians Bloodby Linda G Hill

Second book in the wonderful Great Dagmaru series

Publication Date – 10th August 2018

Herman Anderson, assistant to The Great Dagmaru, returns to her hometown—the first stop on their magic tour. Her family has moved without a trace.

Stephen Dagmar, a powerful stage magician, sets out to live his dream … until Herman’s father makes a prediction and resolves to come between them.

Darkness descends when the reality of the Dagmar’s incubus bloodline surfaces for the first time in over a generation.

And the consequences may be deadly.

A Gothic tale of beauty and intrigue, this sequel to the award-winning novel “The Magician’s Curse” will chill you and leave you breathless for more.

Escape into the twists and turns of this extraordinary romance.

*18+ Contains explicit scenes.

Linda G Hill

Linda G. Hill was born and raised an only child in Southern Ontario, Canada. She credits the time she spent alone when she was growing up, reading books and building worlds and characters of her own to keep her company, as the reason she became a writer. A stay-at-home mom of three beautiful boys, Linda is a graduate of the Writing Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Aside from caring for her family, she enjoys traveling the world, eating trout cooked on the barbecue, and, of course, reading.

Isabella by Cristina Hodgson

Book 3 in the captivating Chantelle Rose series.

Publication Date – 26th September 2019

Who is Isabella Gravachi, and what’s the mystery behind the trail of heartbreak left in her wake? 

Having lost her mother as a child, Chantelle is desperate to trace this side of her family and confront the ghosts of her mother’s past. So when a surprise invitation arrives, promising to take her to the place that holds the secrets to both Isabella’s past and Chantelle’s future, she doesn’t hesitate. 

But unravelling this Sicilian mystery that’s been locked away for centuries, under the guard of looming Mount Etna, will test Chantelle in ways she never imagined. 

As new love challenges old, and bonds are formed and broken, will Chantelle’s quest for the truth destroy everyone she loves or will it bring her peace at last? 

Cristina Hodgson

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science.
A Little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

I was lucky enough to listen to Joanna at the Derby book festival and this gorgeous book has been on my TBR pile ever since, its now right at the top!

Publication Date – 11th January 2018

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she considers the charming new resident who looks exactly like a man she once knew – a man who died sixty years ago. His arrival has stirred distant memories she and Elsie thought they’d laid to rest. Lying prone in the front room, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light …

Joanna Castle

Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor, before specialising in psychiatry. Her first novel The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was a top ten bestseller in both hardback and paperback and was a Richard and Judy pick. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog.

Sticks And Stones by Jo Jakemen

Another author I had the privilege of did overtime at the Derby book festival

Publication Date – 12 the April 2018

Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans?

Jo Jakeman

Jo was the winner of the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys. Sticks and Stones is her debut thriller. Find out more at http://www.jojakeman.com

Before I end my 2018 round up i’d like to give a special shout out to Trigger Publishing.

I’ve been privileged to review a few of their books this year. They are an amazing publishing house who work with authors to publish their stories and helpful insights of mental health.

If you haven’t heard of them head over to their web site and have a little look 💙

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At The Dark Hour by John Wilson #Blogtour #12DaysOfChristmas #ClinkStreet #Review

Information about the Book

Title: At the Dark Hour

Author: John Wilson

Release Date: 19th July 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Synopsis

Summary:

A loving affair is destroyed by the Blitz on London. Julia ends her relationship with Adam. Her concern is for her children and that, if she is divorced, she will lose them. What is the nature of love? Does it have gradations? Love, and it’stextures, lie at the heart of this story. Love is where you find it. And sometimes it ambushes you. And, often, it is hidden.

My Review

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My Review

I’d like to thank Clink Street Publishing, Faye Rogers and John Wilson for inviting me onto this tour.

At the dark hour is a story and a half to get your teeth into. I don’t think I’ve read such a long book in years!

Although the blurb states this is a romance it’s more of a drama surrounding a firm of lawyers, their cases and wives.

There are many characters to keep up with, I found this sometimes slightly confusing, but once I got to grips with who was who it brought depth to the story.

The main theme running through the book is Adam and Julia’s affair. Adultery in the 1940’s has a totally different impact to modern days. It could lead for a mother to lose custody of her children and complete financial ruin. It makes interesting and shocking reading when you realise how times have changed.

At the dark hour is a fantastic, well written read. I’d highly recommend it, especially for someone who likes their books meaty!

All About John

Originally from Wigan, John Wilson is a QC at 1, Hare Court, London who was called to the bar in 1981. He has written or contributed to a number of academic text books, written very many articles and is a published poet.

Wilson drew on his many years of experience of family law (and in the early days criminal law) and upon the misogyny and homophobia which were characteristic of the law at the time the novel is set.

When not working in London, Wilson spends as much of his time as possible in the South of France, where the novel was written, and travels extensively.

Where To Find John

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I Know Your Every Move by Diane Ezzard #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

A sinister phone call, an unknown visitor. Sophie’s life is about to be turned upside down

Sophie has worked hard to free herself from the clutches of addiction and turn her life around. Practising as a counsellor, in a women’s centre in Manchester, she now helps other girls in trouble.
She forms a close relationship with Cassie, one of her clients and tries to help her escape the clutches of a violent boyfriend.

But is Sophie being followed?

How can she uncover the truth, when she can’t trust what is real?

The more she delves, the closer she gets to danger.

Can she revisit her own dark past before it is too late?

As Sick As Our Secrets

We all keep secrets, don’t we? 

Sophie used to be fearful, with a troubled past. Now, she’s a confident young woman helping others turn their lives around –
or is she?

A nasty surprise awaits her after the funeral of a friend and she soon finds out that nothing is as it seems.

Caught up in the dark world of gangsters and villains in the heart of Manchester she attempts to find Cassie’s killer. Following a trail of lies, she gets so wrapped up delving into the lives of others she doesn’t notice her own life falling apart, back into the grips of addiction.

Can romance blossom for Sophie after all the mistakes she has made in the past, or will her only comfort be drink? Things never end up the way she intends.

My Review

I’d like to thank Dianne Izzard and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this blog tour.

I know your every move was a tantalising, emotional rollercoaster of a read.

This is the first in the Sophie Brown series, I guarantee once you’ve read this first instalment you’ll be hurriedly downloading the remaining two.

This is a book that consumes you, I read it in one day, which for me is a rarity.

I know your every move alternates between the present and the past. You discover Sophie’s troubled past where she is subjected to two abusive relationships. Although this was sometimes hard to digest and many times I wanted to grab her from the pages and to safety, it’s very much a current subject and one that people are slowly being educated about. It’s not easy for someone in an abusive relationship to simply walk away, there are so many emotions involved. You felt this about Sophie, it depicted perfectly the lasting effects it can have.

In the present Sophie has turned her life around and is helping women who have been through similar situations as herself. Then the chilling phone calls begin, Sophie thinks she’s being stalked, but by who?

A thrill of a read that will keep you rooted to the spot!

Purchase Links

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All About Diane

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.

Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity. 

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

Where To Find Diane

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It’s A Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

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Synopsis

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and, after talking for hours and losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

 

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!

 

My Review
I’d like to thank Jaimie Admans and Jenny In Neverland for inviting me to take part in this wonderful blog tour.
I could not put it’s A Wonderful Night down. It had all the qualities of an amazing read that I look for. Romance, realism and the wow factor!
It tackles the subject of men’s mental health with compassion, understanding and warmth. This may sound like a strange subject to broach in a Christmas novel, but it works perfectly. This book is definitely not doom and gloom, there’s lots of laugh out loud moments too.
I was hooked from the first chapter when Georgia takes the phone call from a man who is about to jump off a bridge. He’s rang the wrong number from a leaflet he’s found, instead of ringing the counselling helpline he’s rang the local charity shop.
I adored both Georgia and Leo in equal measures. Bernard, the local homeless man is such a great addition to the story, the friendship he has with Georgia and Leo was a joy to watch develop. I really don’t want to give the plot away, I’ll just say this gorgeous book made my heart burst and will stay with me for a very long time.
I’ve never seen the classic Christmas film It’s a wonderful life which is made reference to throughout the story, guess what’s on my list of films to watch this Christmas?!
This is easily one of my favourite reads of 2018, actually I’ll correct that, it’s hands down one of my top three all time favourite reads.
5* review
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All About Jaimie
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
Where To Find Jaimie
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IAWN-giveaway

It’s a Wonderful Night Goodie bag, includes:

*It’s a Wonderful Night notebook

*It’s a Wonderful Night fridge magnet

*A signed postcard of the cover

*A copy of It’s a Wonderful Life on DVD because this is the inspiration behind the story.

*An invisible spine Paris notebook because it’s where Georgia wants to go more than anywhere in the world.

*A light-up Christmas tree pen, because who doesn’t need a light-up Christmas tree pen at this time of year?!

 

Christmas Miracles At The Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises. 

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track. 

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever? 

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

My Review

I’d like to thank Helen J Rolfe & Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

Firstly, what a beautiful cover Christmas At The Little Log Cabin has, it’s eye catching and festive, I dare anyone who is looking for a festive read to pass this by!

This is part four in the New York Ever After series but can be read as a stand alone book. Although I’m now eager to read the other three to find out about some of the other characters that make an appearance, and also a bit of history about Holly.

I like a book where you are hungry to find out about the characters. It keeps you wanting to read more. I felt this with Christmas At The Little Log Cabin, especially with the character Mitch. One of my favourite Christmas films is Christmas in Connecticut, the lead character is played by Kris Kristofferson. Mitch’s character really reminded me of him. At first it’s hard to warm to him, but as the story develops you can see there is far more under his tough exterior.

Inglenook Falls sounds like a dream place to visit, Helen’s descriptions are wonderful and makes the village come to life.

This is a festive treat and perfect for getting you into the Christmas mood!

Purchase Links

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All About Helen

Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending. 

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Where To Find Helen

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Mistletoe And Mystery by Daisy James #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Welcome to the Cotswolds Festive Feast cookery course…

Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!

Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie…as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.

But arriving in a winter wonderland Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!

Cosy up with this fun, festive visit to the Cotswolds premier cookery school! Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver and Sarah Morgan

If you loved Mistletoe & Mystery, why not read the first two stories in The Paradise Cookery School series? Sunshine & Secrets and Confetti & Confusions are both available now!

My Review

I’d like to thank Daisy James and Canelo for inviting me on to this blog tour.

What a delightful Christmas read this is!

This is the third book in the paradise cookery school series. This can be read as a stand-alone book as I haven’t read the other two.

The Cotswolds was a perfect setting for this novel, Daisy’s descriptions are so vivid I felt as if I was actually there. I adore the Cotswolds and mixed with snow and Christmas it couldn’t have been better.

A word of warning, if you weren’t hungry before you start reading Mistletoe and Mystery you definitely will be during and after. Again, Daisy’s art of describing the tantalising dishes brought them to life.

This is a lovely Christmas read with characters that you feel you know, throw in romance, humour and a huge dollop of festive cheer!

A real feel good, cosy read!

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

KOBO UK

Google Books UK

Apple Books UK

All About Daisy

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch #Blogtour #Review #Cancerresearch

Synopsis

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.

All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

My Review

I’d like to thank Angela Petch and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this gorgeous blog tour.

Every once in a while a book comes your way that makes your heart sing, Mavis and Dot was that book for me.

I think I can safely say it’s in my top three reads of 2018.

It’s an absolute gem of a story about two ladies, Mavis and Dot. Both are polar opposites in personalities but their friendship grows and they fit together like two jigsaw pieces.

Mavis is just a bundle of fun with a real naughty side, I adored her and I found myself laughing out loud to not only her antics but also her mispronunciations of words. Mavis defines growing old ungracefully. I think everyone needs a pinch of Mavis in their character, the world would be a happier place.

Dot is the yin to Mavis’ yang! Quite well spoken, prim and proper but with a definite hidden side. Under the cooler exterior there is an absolute heart of gold, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘watching’ her blossom and discover the hidden side to her.

Angela has described all of the characters so richly that it was easy to conjure up the images and create their personalities within your mind, so much so it was hard to not believe they were real.

The illustrations that are scattered throughout the book are gorgeous and reaffirmed for me I’d imagined the characters spot on.

I truly hope this isn’t the last we see of Mavis and Dot!

A 5* review from me and the icing on the cake is that all profits from Mavis and Dot will go towards cancer research, so please add this to your wish list.

Purchase Links

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Links To The Tuscan Novels

Tuscan Roots

Now And Then In Tuscany

Acknowledgements

In 2006 I lost a dear friend to ovarian cancer. Olga and I enjoyed our days out together. Like Lance, one of my characters, we liked “to trawl charity shops and unearth fabulous bounty and treasures…”. The best treasure I ever found on our jaunts was her friendship, and I miss her very much.

We called each other Mavis and Dot and when she was very ill she painted a tiny picture of our two personae, which still hangs in my downstairs cloakroom.

It prompted me to write her a silly story and she thought it was fun.

So, after many years of dawdling over the idea, I finally put together a few more stories and produced this novella in her memory. Any profits raised will be donated to research into cancer. Let’s try to beat this awful disease that robs us of so many special people.

I need to thank lots of people. I hope I don’t leave anybody out. Beta readers: Rosemary, Patricia, Audrey, Maurice, Jessie and Lyndsey were invaluable, as were Arun Scribes and Sea Scribes, who listened to my early attempts. My editor, Maureen, was stern with me and I took on board a lot of what she said… but not all. My author friends at CHINDI are always there for me too, as are my brilliant family.

Thanks so much to Gill Kaye for her wonderful illustrations of the odd couple. You can see more of her work on: http://gill-kaye.fineartamerica.com

 

Praise for Angela Petch

“[Angela] has a very vivid, natural and direct way of writing…” Julia Gregson, best selling author of “East of the Sun”, “The War Horse” and “Jasmine Nights”.

“This book is quirky and individual and has great pathos… [it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye, Editor of Ingenu/e arts magazine.

“I neglected my house and garden until I had finished this lovely story and would love to read more from this author.” Allie, Ipswich.

“Angela Petch is a skilled writer. Her love of life shines through her work…” Suzanne Heaven.

 

All About Angela

A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.

In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories publishedby The People’s Friend magazine.

“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

Where To Find Angela

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