Category : Women’s Fiction

Dirty Laundry by Amanda Green

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Dirty Laundry

More than just gossip…

there are dark secrets in this laundry shop…

by Amanda Green.

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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

Author Amanda Green picture2This 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)

 

Our Review

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…

 

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The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye

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The Second Cup is a contemporary women’s fiction novel by Sarah Marie Graye.

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Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.

University was years ago, but Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love from her days as a student. She knows Jack might have moved on, but when she decides to try and track him down nothing prepares her for the news that he’s killed himself.

With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything – including why Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?

The Second Cup is the first novel by London South Bank University postgraduate scholarship holder Sarah Marie Graye.



A Word from the Author

Author Sarah Marie Graye pictureYou’ve killed yourself in your dreams.And now someone else has committed suicide in the same way. Only they’ve done it in real life.

Beth shouldn’t be falling apart; it’s Faye’s true love who has killed himself, not hers. But the way Jack died is filling her head with noise. Will Jack’s actions push her over the edge? And what about Faye? Is Ethan the reason she’s coping? And is she really coping – on the inside? Why does Abbie need to walk away at the moment Beth needs her the most? And is the usually timid Olivia strong enough to support them all?

The Second Cup follows the lives of four friends as they each struggle to come to terms with Jack’s suicide.

(Sarah Marie Graye, August 2017)

Our Review

I rarely read women’s fiction and I felt somewhat apprehensive before I started reading the book, but after a couple of chapters I couldn’t put it down – the story is that enthralling.

Sarah Marie Graye has crafted very interesting characters; you have these four friends: Faye, Beth, Olivia and Abbie. They are very believable characters masterly fleshed out by the author. They have their quirks, early life traumas to cope with – their own marked personalities that sometimes clash with each other but they overcome all problems and stick together helping one another no matter what – what real friendship is about and these days this is getting rarer and rarer! This novel won’t leave you indifferent it will make you think about life, death, relationships and all that surrounds you. It certainly did that for me, during the day I found myself thinking about Faye, her friends and their dilemmas!

I like the way Sarah has put the novel together, from each chapter we get a different character POV and this is one of the reasons I find the novel so interesting because you can go into the mind of the different characters we then we can appreciate how good the author is at weaving all the story together.

The plot is centered around Faye and a lost love, she suffered greatly with this loss and she never completely overcomes it and one day after an incident she decides to look for that man and see how’s he doing…

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