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#Postscript Cecelia Ahern 5*#Review @HarperFiction #PSILoveYou2 @HarperCollinsUK @Cecelia_Ahern @fictionpubteam #BookReview

#Postscript

It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.

She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

Reluctantly, Holly beings a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

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My Thoughts…

Postscript draws you back into Holly’s world as if you never left. It is now seven years after Gerry’s death and Holly is feeling more confident that life can go on as Holly, and maybe even Holly and Gabriel. It is in this mindset that she agrees to her sister’s request, to take part in a podcast sharing her grief experience, and particularly Gerry’s letters, and what they meant for her.

Facing her grief again, even seven years on is difficult and you feel her pain and the real fear that she may slip back into the dark abyss if she examines her grief journey too closely. Nevertheless, she delivers and the response is positive, but someone seems too involved and Holly’s reaction is avoidance, and this has consequences.

What emerges as you progress with this story, is that Holly’s recovery is superficial. She manages to convince friends and family that she is moving on, and feels less pain, but deep down the grief and sense of loss remain.

Helping others leave their loved ones, messages to help them move on after death is not something Holly feels capable of initially. Her relationships with the P.S. I Love You Club members are an emotional journey for Holly. Her courage forces her to face up to her grief, and finally realise that moving on, doesn’t mean forgetting, or loving less.

There is a maturity in this book that comes with age and experience. Holly in Postscript is different from Holly in P.S. I Love You. Grief and loss change her irrevocably, and healing only comes from acceptance, and courage to embrace the change and the new person she has become.

Postscript’s stories of pain and pleasure, despair and hope and loss and love are emotive and life-affirming, and every bit as potent as the original story.

Posted in Author Interview, Blogging Communty, Book Review, New Books

4* Review of Non Fric.tion Morgan Parker

After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rock star, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it.

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other.

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist, it starts with…..well…..}i{

 

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I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Non Fric.tion especially since the author is a man who writes under a pen name adding an extra layer of mystery and anonymity.
The story’s concept deals with Morgan Barker’s survival plan when his marriage of more than twelve years ends after his wife walks out of the marital home taking his only child.
I found all the main characters very realistic. They were easy to imagine but not always likeable. Non Fric.tion is full of sharp observational humour which kept me turning the pages. The story reminded me of a literary version of a reality show.
Morgan Barker the ‘hero’ tells his own story and this makes it both cynical and poignant. The plot is complex and  the ending is unexpected.

I usually prefer my reading to have a heavy dose of escapism and this story didn’t give me this but it is compelling and appealing in a quirky way.  I especially liked the story within the story angle.

If you want something a little different Non Fric.tion is for you.
I received a copy of Non Friction from the author as part of his blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Morgan Parker is the pen name for a shy and introverted banker. He currently divides his time between Toronto, Canada and his imagination. When he isn’t writing or working with clients or relaxing at Balzac’s with a medium non-fat cappuccino, Morgan Parker enjoys spending time with his family. And sleeping, preferably on a bed (the left side) but depending on the day, he can pretty much curl up anywhere. No, he is not currently accepting applications for cuddling partners. 
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Non Fric.tion Giveaway

 There is also a Scavenger Hunt during the blog tour. It’s US Only!
Make sure you stop by each blog’s stop and check out the fun facts about Morgan Parker they will be sharing. Some of the facts have clue’s to the message from Morgan Barker (Character of Non Friction) You must find the ones with Yellow writing and put them together to make the message. Once you have the message send it to verna_loves_david5104@hotmail.com 
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First person to get the message wins a Signed Paperback of Non Friction by Morgan Parker! 
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Here’s my interview with Morgan Parker:

Interview with Morgan Parker

How did you become a writer?

Writing has always been part of what I did for fun. The only difference now is that Amazon made it easy for me to share my silly stories with the world. So that how I did it. I allowed Amazon to convince me to be nice and share.

What would you like your potential readers to know about you?

I (still) have a wife and unlike the main character in Non Friction, I really don’t want you to send me fan mail or nude pictures (well…).

What inspired you to write Non Friction?

The idea of someone trying to find love while wrestling through the difficulties of divorce has always appealed to me, so I figured I’d try to write something fun despite the heavy and dark realities facing this “different” character.
 

Where do you create your wonderful characters and stories?

I have an office at home where I spent a lot of time doing things that inspire creativity. Okay, that just sounds pretty, doesn’t it? Honestly, I don’t know where they come from. I write in the office, but the stories are already created and completed long before I begin that writing process.

What is your favourite time of day to write?

I don’t have a favourite time, interestingly enough. I find I’m a lot less energetic at night, but that an hour or two throughout the day can yield much better results. If I could write first thing in the morning, I would… but time just doesn’t allow it.

Tell us a little about ‘Non Friction’.

Non Friction is a standalone novel that gives us insight into the life of Morgan Barker, a guy who becomes an Indie author after his wife leaves him. He makes new friends and fans and struggles with the meaning of love while writing a novel, Our Story, to win his wife back.
 

As an author have you any tips for new writers?

Think like a 4-year old. This world of indie authorship is changing. A lot. What worked in the past will not work the same way today. Even over the past 12 months, I’ve seen lots of change, so don’t be afraid to try something new, push the limits and have fun.

Have you written any other books being released soon?

I just recently released a novella titled Hope. It was a free story that I released as a way to thank my two or three readers. I had a few more than two or three downloads, and that’s fine because maybe the unplanned secondary purpose of Hope was also a way to attract new readers.

Where can your readers connect with you on social media?

Usually through Facebook. I’ll be trying to engage with readers more regularly on Twitter too, but I can always be found on Facebook.
 

Where can we buy ‘Non Friction’?

Non Friction is available exclusively on Amazon. Mostly because it’s easy to publish there and I’m too lazy to jump through hoops to offer it on other platforms.

Look out for my review of Hope by Morgan Parker.

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Free Book From Morgan Parker HOPE

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I will be reviewing Non Friction by Morgan Parker here on 19 February. This book features two of the characters in Non Friction and is FREE 13-15 February 2014.

Here’s what it’s about:
Morgan Barker, the lead character of Non Friction and brilliant author of Our Story, has all but recovered from the heartache caused by Emma. But when his company’s accounting firm sends a beautiful young woman named Hope to inquire about some suspicious account practices, Morgan finds himself lured back into the beautiful story that he created and wanted to forget about. Except this new story is different than Morgan’s unpublished, never-seen-before version. Read deeper into Olivia and Oliver’s ongoing and difficult love affair, their secret moments and the struggle that kept them apart for so long.Hope, February 2014.

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