Set between 1910 and 1919, Three Brothers is a story of family rivalry and jealousy complicated by a love triangle where world events pit the protagonists against each other. Growing up in Argentina, cousins Felix and Ted’s world is disrupted by the arrival of Maxine (Max). An accident that Ted blames Felix for sees Ted sent to school in the US. War in 1914 increases Ted’s isolation; when the US declares war in 1917, Felix flees to his father’s homeland, Germany whilst Ted volunteers for the British in Canada. By September 1918, Felix a gifted engineer, is flying the best aircraft in the world and is in love with Max. But his country is facing defeat and she loves is his cousin who flies for the enemy. Will he betray his homeland to help her keep Ted alive?
Malcolm grew up in Sheffield, has lived and worked in Australia and the Middle-East but now lives in Crewe in Cheshire, England. He is a prolific and award-wining author who writes both novels and short fiction. He has, in the past, worked in a variety of genres.
Despite the variety, all have a similar DNA containing strong, often flawed but believable characters and telling great stories. His current body of work include the mountaineering thriller, The Last Mountain, a 1950s Spy novel, Contrail and Touched, a haunting novel about love and loneliness.
He has now found a niche writing historical fiction usually with an aviation background. He has published bestselling stories about WW1 and Hurricane Season, a blend of fiction and non-fiction stories and features centered around the legendary aircraft, the Hawker Hurricane.
The next few years seem sure to be very busy with a number of book launches. The first will be LMF.
The LMF of the title refers to ‘Lack of Moral Fibre’, a disciplinary sanction available to RAF’s Bomber Command in WW2 – effectively a finding of cowardice. This was inflicted on crews who were under intense strain in increasingly hazardous skies – some of whom almost certainly were suffering from mental illness – and applied by officers who were very young and relatively inexperienced. The novel LMF concentrates on the experiences of a single heavy bomber crew on one night in February 1944.
LMF will be followed by two more novels, Eleven Days, set around ‘Bloody April’ in 1917 and ‘Three Brothers’, the first of a trilogy which will cover the turbulent period from 1910 to 1939.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A genuinely warm feel-good story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I LOVED this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Funny, sad, a perfect page-turner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Couldn’t put it down!
Jo’s romance with the gypsy began with his first kiss, she never forgot it…
When Jo Edmond’s husband runs off with their nanny and disappears into a Spanish sunset, Jo resolves to make a new life with her baby son. She impulsively purchases Kirkton House a run-down guest house and with the help of a colourful cast of characters, establishes a thriving country house hotel. Jo opens the hotel during Fair Week, a famous 300-year-old gypsy tradition, hated by the locals and loved by every tinker and traveller in the country. Romance is the last thing on her mind until the enigmatic John Doherty walks into her life…
Assisted by Hattie, a local woman who becomes a friend, Jo’s business succeeds and a new Jo emerges, attracting the attention of every man who comes within her radar. In Fair Week, Jo’s errant husband turns up and begins a campaign to win her back but Black Monday is looming, the stock market crashes, and tourism dries up. With difficult days ahead Jo has to reinvent her business to survive.
“Caroline James has a real gift for writing and has done an outstanding job with her debut novel. Keeping it real she has brought in facets of life that we all have to deal with, everything needed for a satisfying read for women – amusing, colourful, and even tear-jerking at times.” Chicklitgirls.com
“I found this story engaging from page one and enjoyed this delightful weekend read right to the last page. I warmed to all the characters, 5 stars!” Dizzycblogspot
“I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming story sprinkled with intrigue, 5*” NetGalley Review
Coffee Tea The Chef & Me: Celebrity Chefs exposed in a hilarious drama
“Five big fat (Michelin) stars for this book!” NetGalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A tough-cookie, media agent who’s clawed her way to the top and a con-man, who wants to open a cookery school. Add in a washed-up celebrity chef whose career needs re-building…
An aging rock star – fresh from rehab, and a Sloane Ranger food writer who gets her own TV show…
Bring to the boil:
At a Gourmet Food Festival, in Ireland, where anything goes!
When media agent, Hilary Hargreaves, travels to Ireland to look at a campaign for a new cookery school, she meets a blast from her past – the romantic but reckless chef, Mickey Lloyd, who is hell-bent on resurrecting his flagging career. Her tough demeanour is rocked, as it becomes apparent that Mickey’s intentions involve more than a stint behind a stove in his quest to pursue her. But as plans for the school gain momentum, she realises that she’s developing more than a passing interest in reformed alcoholic, Long Tom Hendry, who owns the crumbling old mansion where the school will be homed. Hilary has many ingredients to juggle, with her demanding client list, which looks set to boil over if she doesn’t keep control. From London’s bustling, Soho, to Southern Ireland and the sunny shores of the Caribbean, has Hilary got too much on her plate, and is she really prepared to risk it all for love?
“A fabulous story, it made me shriek with laughter and I loved every twist and turn! And so much of it could be only too true. One of my favourite reads.” Valentina Harris, Author, Chef & International Cookery School Host.
“Caroline James has spun a tale that is enjoyable, funny, charming, believable and page-turning.” Nigel May, TV Personality & Author
“AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap, 5 stars.” Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog
Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me: A heart-warming feel-good read of friendship and love
From Cumbria to the Caribbean…
Travel to Barbados with Jo and Hattie…
Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?
Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!
“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”
‘The time to be happy is now…’ Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away, Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados, and Zach to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks.
Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday but their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a finalist at The Write Stuff – London Book Fair 2015. The judge’s comments included, “Caroline is a wonderful story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.”
Caroline’s books are stand-alone stories, but characters do make appearances throughout. The best order to read them is:
Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me Coffee Tea The Chef & Me Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me Jungle Rock The Best Boomerville Hotel Boomerville at Ballymegille Hattie Goes and o Hollywood
Jungle Rock: Reality TV exposed in a hilarious comedy drama
“If you’re looking for a highly entertaining story, look no further.” Linda’s Book Bag
“Another really good book from Caroline James.” Rachel’s Random Reads
“A fun romantic read – 5 stars!” My Chestnut Reading Tree
A romantic comedy novella by Caroline James
Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…
Caroline’s books are all stand-alone stories but some characters do make appearances throughout. You might also enjoy:
Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me Coffee Tea The Chef & Me Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me
“Caroline is a natural story teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” Finalist, The Write Stuff, London Book Fair
The Best Boomerville Hotel: A feel good, witty read and perfect for anytime of the year!
A fabulously funny read from Caroline James. You won’t want to put this book down.
Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel … Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.
With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
What people are saying about The Best Boomerville Hotel:
This is a brilliant 5-star story. The writing is modern and fresh. I found the Boomerville Hotel a fantastic and memorable setting with many likeable characters. Each guest had their own story which had an ending in the book, always a big plus. Susan D, reader.
I need to go to a place like this! Quirky characters, right up my street, I really enjoyed the story. Cal Sleath, Birmingham.
‘I really wish I could check into Boomerville and participate in the courses. I loved this book, it is a great read. Thanks to the author for bringing the crazy characters to life – I can’t wait for the next book. Ronnie Montgomory, London
Boomerville at Ballymegille: Feel-good, funny, heartwarming – perfect for anytime of the year!
BOOMERVILLE IS BACK!
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BEST BOOMERVILLE HOTEL
Join Hattie and Jo as they head to Southern Ireland to open Boomerville Manor, a holiday retreat for guests of ‘a certain age’. There’s Irish craic and shenanigans aplenty for the colourful cast of characters as everyone gathers for the grand opening.
Meet Melissa, an ex-cabaret singer running from her abusive husband, and Bill, a bachelor bullied from beyond the grave by the ghostly voice of his mother. Along with local bobby Harry the Helmet, ageing aquatic team the Boomerville Babes, eccentric artist Lucinda Gray, and heartthrob Finbar Murphy, they gather in Ireland and the fun begins. But murder is in the air and there’s mischief afoot. Will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
Set in the beautiful Irish countryside, ‘Boomerville at Ballymegille’ is a heart-warming story of friendship, fears and new beginnings.
What the reviewers are saying:
“Where to start in describing this fabulousness. There is never a dull or slow moment in this book. Boomerville at Ballymegille is a really fun and entertaining story, with a few more serious storylines in amongst it. I left the book incredibly happy and with regrets that I ran out of pages so fast while I was enjoying myself so much.” Rachel’s Random Reviews
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Hattie Goes to Hollywood: Romance, shenanigans & mystery from Caroline James
From the author of The Best Boomerville Hotel
What reviewers say:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I LOVE these books- more please!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brilliant writing, brilliant read
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I couldn’t put it down!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Caroline writes quite beautifully
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect escape reads
A Cumbrian Village… Three suicides… A red-hot summer…
Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief, romance and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?
When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief, romance and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?
“5 Stars! I loved everything about this book! This is a book you want to buy and enjoy as soon as it comes out!” Tessa Talks Books
“Great sleuthing, faultless settings, interesting characters & a super fun read.” BR Maycock Book Reviews
Caroline James always wanted to write but instead of taking a literary route, she followed a career in the hospitality industry, which included owning a pub and a beautiful country house hotel. When she finally glued her rear to a chair and began to write the words flowed, and several novels later she has gained many best-seller badges for her books. When she’s not writing, Caroline likes to climb mountains, eat anchovies and sip gin. She also runs a consultancy business. A member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Women’s Writers & Journalists, Caroline writes short stories and articles, contributing to many publications.
Caroline’s latest novel is Boomerville at Ballymegille which is followed by Hattie Goes to Hollywood.
Caroline’s hilarious novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel has been depicted as ‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel – A fabulous read!’. Her debut novel: Coffee, Tea the Gypsy & Me went straight to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun. Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me is a Top Recommended Read by Thomson Holidays. Coffee Tea the Chef & Me is described by one reviewer as: “AbFab Meets MasterChef in a Soap” and Caroline’s popular novella, Jungle Rock, follows a handsome chef, Zach Docherty as he steps into a TV reality show.
“Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The Write Stuff, London Book Fair.
“A fabulous Story, it made me shriek with laughter and I loved every twist and turn.” Valentina Harris, Author, Chef and International Cookery School Host.
“Caroline James has spun a tale that is enjoyable, funny, charming, believable and page-turning.” Nigel May, TV Personality & Author
“You’ll go NUTS about this book!” Andrew Nutter, Celebrity Chef.
“A strong plot with likeable characters makes it a great read.” Ebook of the week – The Sun:
“Caroline writes quite beautifully – great descriptions, vividly drawn characters, sparkling humour, a touch of real sadness – this book was the perfect escape.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable read that takes you from the loneliness of single life in the wet UK through to the magic of the Caribbean. An indulgent feast of the best things in life – sun, rum, fun, love and laughter.”
Would you give up your husband to save your best friend’s life?
Bonded by their traumatic childhoods, Flora and Sophie are inseparable friends who married brothers.
What they could not have anticipated was their mother-in-law, Cecelia. Disappointed that her children have married beneath them, Cecelia takes every opportunity to belittle and taunt her daughters-in-law.
When Cecelia learns that Flora and her son are moving away, her wrath escalates, and Flora’s world begins to fall apart.
Meanwhile, Sophie’s life is also crumbling around her. Her marriage is not what it seems, and she is desperate to escape the clutches of the poisonous family she has married into.
Is Flora being tormented or is she losing her mind?
Will Sophie and Flora be forced to leave their husbands in order to survive?
With a mother-in-law like Cecelia, anything is possible…
Discover a twisty and completely gripping psychological thriller today.
Save Her is a gripping psychological thriller full of twists and turns which will keep you guessing until the very end. It’s the perfect read for readers of domestic noir, as well as for fans of authors like Louise Jensen, B A Paris and K.L. Slater.
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Thank you to all the lovely authors who have given me the pleasure of promoting their lovely books over the last twelve months. It has been a blast!
A big thank you also to all who have supported Bowen’s Book Publicity over the last year. You have no idea how much I appreciate it, and I’m sure the authors featured will agree. I hope you’ll stick with us and continue to share the book love!
I am so looking forward to what the next twelve months might bring.
A quirkily dark comedic novel about loss, search for spiritual meaning and about how decisions taken in a split-second often come back to slap us in the face. It’s a tale about the absurdity of the human condition, specifically our heroine, Fran’s, absurd human condition. Bless her, she tries her best.
A Stormful of Pickles: When Nature and Desire Collide
It’s a week before Christmas, and the worst storm in twenty years is about to descend upon Maidstone.
Fran, youthful dinner lady and regular churchgoer, feels a storm building inside her, too. To escape her overbearing father, she has foolishly married Mr Edward Dobbs, a dull and pious fellow, not a bit like the manly heroes of her beloved erotic historical novels. And now she’s trapped behind walls of her own making. She has accepted her life of grey domesticity with stoicism, the only buffer to the monotony of her existence being her weekly visits to a lavish hotel tearoom, where she can indulge her modest fantasies.
But this is all about to change. Fran is about to embark on a roller-coaster of sexual frustration, desire and fulfilment. Not necessarily in that order. And she’s going to take the men in her life along with her.
As the storm hits, Fran huddles under a tree, waiting for a bus that doesn’t come. Enter not so Good Samaritan Peter Pearson, head of the school English department, with his warm dry car and his seductive Irish charm. While her dark-horse husband cavorts with a forbidden colleague on the other side of town, can Fran repel the charms of this broken teacher and chart a course back to the tranquil waters of her boring life? Does she even want to?
This storm is about to throw all their lives up in the air. And where they will land is anybody’s guess.
For centuries many have pondered the prospect of an afterlife and feared what came to be known as ‘hell’.
In the near future, we map the elusive ‘dark matter’ around us, only to find out that it is hell itself, and it is very real…
As the satanic President Razour attempts to bring forward Armageddon to prevent humanity repenting, the fate of us all rests in the hands of Cleric20, a hedonistic loner with a chequered past, and his robot sidekick, GiX.
An action-packed literary shock to the senses that mixes flights of comic fantasy with bouts of brutal violence. Mankind’s only hope seems to be having a very bad day.
Can Cleric20 halt Razour’s devilish plans after an experimental bioweapon deployed to kill him accidentally gives him superpowers?
Has the Devil inadvertently created a hero who could actually stop him?
Little can prepare you for this spiritually-charged, cyber-noir thrill ride.
Current customer reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars
Available now on Amazon – Kindle, Hardcover & Paperback
Discover more about the Darkmatters universe: artwork, merchandise, links to prequel short story, media and future plans at: www.Completedarknessnovel.com
“5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thought provoking…. Matt Adcock shows a certain flair for storytelling whilst also presenting us with some thought-provoking ideas in his debut novel…. The book stands up well on its own as a fun and engaging read but also lays the foundations and builds anticipation for what might follow in the Dark Matters universe….” – Amazon reviewer
This is one of those books you feel like you’ve been waiting years for, and the moment it arrives you feel like you can’t put it down…. This could easily be translated onto the big screen one day, or maybe an HBO / Netflix super series?!” – Amazon reviewer
One of the quotes on the front cover describes the book as ‘an adrenaline shot into your mind’, and I couldn’t agree more with this assessment…. I would recommend Matt Adcock’s work to anyone who likes big ideas, big set pieces, big explosions, big chunks of gore, big robots, or big concepts expressed with skill, passion and humour.” – Amazon reviewer
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The author of the No. 1 bestseller Letters from Malta.
Emma Raven thought she knew everything there was to know about Andrew, her clever, ambitious, good-looking husband. They had been happily married for twenty-six years; they had even been at school together: Bernie Silver ‒ Andrew’s friend from university in the 1980s and partner in their Islington business, That Music Place ‒ thought he knew him, too.
How wrong they both were. When Andrew is rushed to hospital, and Bernie needs to look at a little red notebook kept locked in his partner’s desk at home in the Hertfordshire village of Pengate … a whole new side of Andrew’s character comes to light.
Can Emma stay true to her husband, knowing what she does? As her seemingly well-ordered life begins to unravel, in Waltham Cross small-time crook Garry Wade, despite having just come into legitimate money for the first time in his life, discovers that he has good reason to hate Andrew Raven. Should he seek revenge and risk going back to prison?
Her Almost Perfect Husband is a poignant story of love and deception, and the importance of human relationships set against material success.
“I enjoyed this read and couldn’t wait to find out where it would end. My expectations of where it would go were way off the mark. It centres on Andrew, his wife Emma, and Bernie, an old friend and business partner. Andrew has a chip on his shoulder about his ‘working class’ start to life, but when he suffers a stroke and Emma and Bernie are left to try and sort things out and keep the business running, they discover Andrew has been more or less leading a double life. The notebooks in his office are the clue. Other characters, Garry and Paula, I actually liked them more than the central characters (once I got to know them) and Trev, out of work actor, he was a star!”
“A fascinating and intriguing tale of revelations and secrets of many years coming to the surface. What seems to be an idyll is built on a hidden history and the unsuspected, the revelation of which changes lives and destinies. Beware those who cannot express their emotion except through money and all that it can buy… I very much enjoyed the characters and their development as the book progressed, as well as the intriguing nature of the plot itself. The tensions between the characters and the depths of the characterisations were very rewarding and absorbing. Additionally, the imperfections of the main characters’ emotional make-ups and interlinkings were fascinatingly played out. Those who have read Mary Rensten’s other novels (Letters from Malta and A Handful of Straw) and who have seen her plays will know to expect a well-crafted story with unexpected twists and turns. What was also fascinating is that there is so much detail and texture (or quality) to the situations or episodes in the narrative that it makes for a very immersive read. I experienced this as a very visual tale and could imagine this easily as a televisual or cinematic telling. I am waiting for the sequel – I want to know what happened next!”
“Everyone thinks Emma’s husband is ‘…everything you could want a husband to be’, but when he is hospitalised after a stroke it leads to a devastating discovery. Who should Emma turn to when Andrew’s secret is uncovered? Bernie, their best friend? Jacob, Emma’s son, who has been banished overseas by his father in order to become ‘a proper man’, rather than a ‘mummy’s boy’? Or Emma’s dependable big sister, Constance, who has ‘always looked after her’? Emma will soon discover that they all have secrets of their own. Throw into the mix, Garry, the ex-criminal, hiding a secret from his sister, and out for justice for his grandfather – ‘This time Garry, do the right thing’ – and you have a fast-paced novel which leaves the reader thinking about the characters long after the last page has been turned.”
“When we see this title, we know something is wrong. It sharpens our senses and stirs our curiosity instantly. Mary Rensten, our seasoned storyteller makes us alert before she leads us into her story of intrigue. Emma had no idea that Andrew, her ‘almost perfect husband’ could be anything else. Since they married in their youth, he had become successful with a little business that he started with his close partner Bernie. ‘That Music Place’, took time but they built it into an expanding success. Andrew and Emma’s only son Jacob, has now grown and is working in Africa. More financially secure, they lived a number of years like any enthralled couple, they hadn’t allowed anything but practicalities to mar their world, sex had always played a considerable part of their daily living. It wasn’t until Andrew’s sudden hospitalisation, for what many people considered to be a terminal problem, that his partner, Bernie, came to Emma’s aid. It was their discovery of a folder of press cuttings in Andrew’s desk, also learning of his connection to a small business in Brockwood, that Emma’s suspicions began to wrack her brain. The more she learns of his secret life, the more her security is shattered. How can she face Andrew about the secret in the Brockwood attic? How can she broach the subject of his Father’s other life to Jacob? Can she admit to herself her attraction to Bernie? You can find the answers from you armchair, it’s a story you won’t want to leave and easy to go back to. ‘Her almost Perfect Husband’ is as intriguing as her bestselling ‘Letters from Malta.’”
“The title says it all – we know from the start that Andrew must be far from perfect. But, Emma, his wife of 25 years, loves him and is happy. She misses her grown up son who is working abroad, but she has a lovely home and her husband’s business, which he runs with old university friend Bernie, is thriving. So far, so perfect. What could go wrong?
This is not the usual abused wife, abusive husband story but gradually we come to realise that all is not well in the Raven household. When Andrew has a stroke and is rushed to hospital, paralysed and unable to speak, Emma discovers that there are things about her husband that he has kept secret for years. The little red notebook locked in his desk intrigues her and she enlists Bernie’s help to try and figure things out. What they discover makes Emma wonder if she will ever trust Andrew again.
This is a riveting read which kept me awake till the small hours, eager to know what happens next. ‘Her Almost Perfect Husband’ has inspired me to read more of Mary’s books.”
“What a page turner! Emma’s husband Andrew has a stroke putting him in hospital and unable to communicate for weeks. Gradually she realises he is not the person she thought him to be. The narrative rattles along full of twists and surprises with tensions around sex, gender, class, money and snobbery, which contrast sharply with the other main character, Garry, from a very different background, who has unexpectedly come into some money from a mysterious source; at this point the two stories start to converge, with unexpected consequences for all the characters’ relationships. Part love story, part mystery, it has the themes of love, loyalty, betrayal and atonement culminating in a sort of resolution and partial redemption.”
Young furniture salesman Brody Caulson cracks when an obnoxious customer pushes him too far and, in a fit of anger, he commits the ultimate crime.
As Brody battles newly awakened impulses for violence and retribution, a neighbor disappears, and her young son turns to him for comfort and support.
Appeasing an ever-suspicious boss and diverting visits from the local police, it’s up to Brody to avoid discovery and control his dark side long enough to find his missing neighbor whilst babysitting Javier.
But, as the life he knows unravels, he must make a decision – to get her back, he will have to kill again. Can he control his vigilante side, or be lost to the darkness forever?
The Way Back: The sequel to LMF (THE LMF FILES Book 2)
by Malcolm Havard
Churchill tasked the SOE to set Europe ablaze – but it was the RAF who got them there.
It was the start of the Allies way back into Europe that led to D-Day.
For one burned out pilot who had been judged to be ‘Lacking Moral Fibre’ it was his own way back…
LMF (THE LMF FILES Book 1) has over 70 Amazon reviews!
On a bitter night in January 1944 one last RAF bomber struggles on to the target alone with one engine out and its crew terrified, driven on by its burned-out pilot who needs one last mission to complete his tour.
And all of them know that if they fail the RAF has the sanction of declaring them to be ‘Lacking Moral Fibre’… essentially cowards.
5.0 out of 5 stars “A interesting story”
5.0 out of 5 stars “Gripping story that feels like you’re on board this creaking bomber”
5.0 out of 5 stars “An engaging and intelligent read”
If you haven’t read it yet, you will find it here….
When her best friend dies of cancer just before her 50th birthday, and other friends move away from their hometown of Stoke, grief-stricken Jenny sinks into a depression that her job as a Marie Osmond impersonator only exacerbates.
Nine months later, while everyone else is moving on, Jenny is still struggling. Despite the love of her family, nothing can alleviate her heartbreak and she dwells on the female-shaped hole in her life.
When newlyweds move in next door, she hopes that the woman over the fence will become a new friend and help get her back on track. But instead she gets Dawn: loud, fat, tattooed and shouting the ‘C’ word within minutes of arriving.
Jenny’s GP suggests starting a course at the local college to bring her out of her reverie. And that’s where she meets Trudi. At last! Someone on her wavelength.
Will lovely Trudi be the friend she has so longed for? Will the creative writing class bring them together and add some much needed happiness to Jenny’s life?
“There are lots of angles in my story, Friends and Neighbours, but my favourite/most topical is the eco one. It’s a story within a story really, Jenny’s journey of self-discovery after the death of her best friend and her failure as a Marie Osmond impersonator, while husband Lonny is prepping the family and their home for climate change.” – Ruth Torjussen
Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke-on-Trent but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer. She is a passionate advocate of eating local food grown through regenerative farming as the answer to climate change.
Laugh out loud funny, great characters and really strong narrative voice. Manages to be feel-good and optimistic whilst taking on serious themes that can be related to on lots of different levels – highly recommended.”
This book was such an entertaining read, with such a strong and fresh voice. It’s the perfect book to read right now, as it will have you laughing out loud and keep you thoroughly entertained, plus it really makes you think about the world and what we can do to change things for the better.”