Book reviews, Womens fiction

Tilly by Patricia Dixon – Book Review

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How many people out there say ‘I do’ for the wrong reasons?

Matilda Parker is flying to France for what should be the wedding of her dreams but soon discovers she is about to star in her own private nightmare.

Freda has spent a year planning her daughter’s perfect wedding and nothing is going to ruin it. Not even a house full of relatives, the imminent arrival of her feckless son-in-law-to-be or his irritating parent’s will be allowed to spoil it.

On the other side of the village, Anna has problems of her own. She loves Daniel with all her heart. With all her family about to descend, including her precious sons Joe and Sam, Anna has vowed that nothing will ruin their much awaited summer holiday.

Beneath a sweltering summer sun, two clans, a naughty dog, a gaggle of relatives and friends gather in the Loire. But when a visitor from hell pays a surprise visit and Joe bumps into Tilly, it looks like all of Anna and Freda’s plans are about to go up in smoke…

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MY REVIEW

Tilly found out her boyfriend Luke had cheated on her….he was full of apologies, wanted a second chance to prove his love…..la la la…..so he proposed and Tilly accepted….

The wedding has been arranged mainly by her Mother, Freda and it’s to be in France….all the guests are travelling to the venue, many from long distances…..but Tilly doesn’t want to marry Luke,  but how can she let everyone down? So, she decides to marry him, just to keep everyone happy !!!!

Tilly has travelled to France a couple of weeks early, to get ready for the wedding, her mother falls ill with ‘flu, so Tilly visits Anna and meets her son, Joe…

We also meet Rosie, some relatives from hell and a naughty dog….with some great humour and realistic touches, Like Freda and her menopause…she’s a great character and made me laugh out loud…

“Luke’s mum was everything Freda was not. She was loud, overbearing and over-made-up, with fake boobs, fake-tanned skin the colour of streaky Bisto”

I really enjoyed this tale of family, heartbreak and love, with its beautiful descriptions of the Loire region of France and great, likeable characters….a fun, heartwarming summer read.

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook.  This is my honest, unbiased review. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson. 

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood. 

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written a total of eight novels, the latest is due for release in March 2019.

 

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Book reviews, Womens fiction

Anna by Patricia Dixon – Book Review

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Set on the coast of Portsmouth and the beautiful Loire Valley, this is the story of Anna. A married mother of three, the unremarkable rock of her family is content with her life until she discovers that Matthew, her husband of 22 years, is having an affair.

Consumed by hurt and tainted memories, Anna’s life is turned upside down by first betrayal and then loss. Her confidence totally destroyed, she is tormented by the spectre of Matthew’s unknown lover. Whilst keeping the secret of his affair from her family, Anna must find her way through the pain alone.

With one son on the other side of the world, another about to enter a war zone and her daughter off to university, her life gradually begins to crumble. A shock discovery, an unwelcome revelation and an advert in a magazine are the catalysts for her road to recovery.

Can Anna find peace and learn to love again?
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MY REVIEW

Anna is on her way to her husband, Matthews funeral.

But she has a secret, Matthew had been seeing someone else, and she just doesn’t know where to turn to……

Anna decides its now her time, and sets off for a holiday, but Matthew’s secret is still playing on her mind all the time, just who was that woman she saw him with? She is tormenting herself, but who can she share her thoughts with? Can she ever truly trust anyone again?

Set mainly in the Loire valley, France, this is a tale of love, secrets, betrayal and friendships…beautifully emotional writing which will have you laughing and crying along with Anna…brilliant.

Thank you to Bombshell Publishing for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review
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Author Bio

Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson.

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written a total of eight novels, the latest is due for release in March 2019.

 

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Book reviews, Womens fiction

Rosie and Ruby by Patricia Dixon – Book Review

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Ruby lives one-step away from poverty on a rundown, crime infested estate in Manchester, with Stella, her feckless, self centred a mother.

In the quiet suburbs of Cheshire Rosie, Ruby’s cousin, leads a charmed, middle class existence but feels suffocated by her domineering mother Doreen.

Although Stella and Doreen have little in common, they share the inability to show the love and loyalty that their daughters deserve.

Meanwhile, Olivia, a member of the elite Cheshire set, is aloof and distant, rattling around in her sprawling mansion, attending charity functions and hosting infamous bridge nights.

Her errant son Marcus lives his life in the fast lane, maximising the perks of the family firm whilst enjoying his jet setting bachelor existence, well away from the watchful eyes of his disapproving mother.

But when Ruby meets Marcus her life begins to crumble and one by one the secrets she has kept are exposed.

Can Rosie and Ruby’s bond survive? And in Ruby’s hour of need, will her cousin keep her promise, and come to her rescue?

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MY REVIEW

This is the tale of two cousins, Rosie and Ruby, about their lives beginning at their childhood and early teenage years in Manchester.

Their mothers are not the best to say the least and Rosie and Ruby have to overcome the mental traumas they suffered and that continue to haunt them for many years…

Rosie moves to France to become a hotelier and Ruby ends up in a troubled marriage with a real nasty piece of work….

Can they finally find the freedom and independence they dream of ? Will the close bond they had as children survive and help them both achieve their dream?

Patricia Dixon has created a stunningly immersive story of family, relationships, of love and heartbreak….wonderfully emotional.

Thank you to Bombshell Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review

 

Author Bio

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Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson.

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written a total of eight novels, the latest is due for release in March 2019.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patricia-Dixon/e/B00I1YV2RM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Email – dixon.patricia@icloud.com.

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