Dirty Laundry by Amanda Green
More than just gossip…
there are dark secrets in this laundry shop…
Beckley Laundry is more than just a laundry business…
Run by the effervescent manager, Sandra, and her feisty team of girls, the launderette becomes a place where more than just clothes are washed. It’s a place where more than one kind of dirty laundry is aired between its walls.
This is a funny, quirky and poignant tale of a group of strong women, but not all is as it seems. Between them, they harbour some dark secrets. Fearing that boyfriend, Martin, is having an affair, Sandra enters the world of Internet dating in her search for love and acceptance… but she finds a lot more.
It’s not just the witty banter between the girls, and the many colourful customers, that beats at the heart of this story, it’s the secrets and lies.
This is a story of love, betrayal, loss and the power of secrets.
It’s funny, it’s sad and it’s dark.
Can the bonds of love and friendship between these beguiling characters save them?
This story says that anything is possible if we stand together and learn to love and forgive…
A Word from the Author
This was only released in November 2017, and is a completely different genre for me – Women’s Fiction. However, I have already had men read it and really enjoy it, so it’s a book for male and female really. It’s fun, quirky, but also dark and thought-provoking.
My main character, Sandra, runs a laundry service shop in Essex, England. Her staff are a loyal, feisty, troubled bunch and her partner has lost interest in her. Believing he is having an affair, she sets about having some fun with internet dating. But, nothing is as it seems. All because of secrets. Secrets that are going to come out; some dark and life changing. Because don’t we all have some sort of secrets?
(Amanda Green, November 2017)
I enjoyed reading Dirty Laundry very much, so much in fact that when I finished it I was sorry that it wasn’t longer!
The author Amanda Green really knows about human nature and fleshed out some superb characters for this novel; Amanda excelled at portraying not just the good and beautiful in people but their darker sides too – after all, we humans, all have an amount of both in different proportions. The plot has some very good and unexpected surprises which for me is always a mark of a good novel.
When I first started to read the book I thought it was to be a light read but I was so wrong as one can get so much more from it, you will both laugh, cry and ponder about the meaning of life itself. So, the read is amusing but the author also touches on serious issues of our modern society. Oh I mustn’t forget, the witty dialogues were just so entertaining!
The story itself is centered on Sandra, the owner of a Laundry shop. For 8 years she has been living with a man and things are not going that well for them as Sandra doesn’t feel loved and she’s at a loss for what to do to fix their relationship. But in her life not only that is a worry but her past also haunts her and she needs to so something about it or she will go crazy. Sandra doesn’t have many friends but she’s a true friend who trust her and she’ll find that the few friends she has are very precious and will keep her going no matter what.
Can someone who suffered so many wrongs be able to forgive and move on with life? How well do we know our friends and those we live with and love? Do we or can we fully trust them? It is so easy to judge others but when we learn about all they went through in their lives perhaps we were not fair and too quick to point our finger at them…