Devon, 1985. Dan is 20, lives in a sleepy village and works in a small DIY shop. He likes numbers and hero worships Lord Nelson. But he finds ordinary people difficult to understand and he’s certainly never kissed a girl. His mother mocks him, and he misses his father and he pines for Ollie, his only childhood friend who truly understood him.
But, despite it all, Dan thinks he’s happy enough. Until one June day, the beautiful and mysterious Libby walks into his shop – and into Dan’s life.
Libby’s sudden appearance turns Dan’s ordered existence upside down. But Dan soon realises that Libby isn’t who she seems. Who exactly is she? What is she hiding, and, more importantly, who’s that threatening man always looking for her?
In trying to help Libby, Dan comes to realise what’s missing in his own life, and, in turn, appreciates what’s really important…
Eleven days in June is a lovely sit back and relax read, set in the 80’s around a sleepy little village called Little Leaf.
The protagonist, Daniel is a sensitive character who throughout his life has been labelled ‘Special’ although, in my opinion the traits he displays fall in line with autism.
Daniel has only ever wanted to fit in, be accepted for who he is. His life is routined and that’s how he likes it, he works in the village hardware store alongside Roy who is the polar opposite to him.
One day Libby walks into the hardware store and Daniels life changes, he’s never met a girl like Libby before or felt the feelings he feels when he sees her, but Libby isn’t all she seems to be!
A week in June brought about many emotions for me, slight sadness at the way Daniel was sometimes treated but on the flip side it made my heart sing when people slowly understood him, it also becomes apparent that as people do get to know him they develop a fondness and protectiveness around him.
A week in June is a beautiful read, it was a perfect Sunday afternoon read for me curled up on the sofa with a cuppa!
All About R. P. Gibson
I was born one Christmas Day, which means, as a child, I lost out on presents.
Nonetheless, looking back on it, I lived a childhood with a “silver spoon in my mouth” – brought up in a rambling manor house in the beautiful Devon countryside. It’s been downhill ever since.
I was a librarian for a long time, a noble profession. Then I started a series called History In An Hour, “history for busy people”, which I sold to HarperCollins UK.
I now live in London with my wife, two children and dog (a fluffy cockapoo) and write historical fiction, mainly 20th-century war and misery, and humorous books set in 1980s England.