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.
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.
Links To The Tuscan Novels
Now And Then In Tuscany
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