I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch and sharing my review today. First of all let’s take a look at the description for the book…
A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.
All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.
If you are looking for a book that will lift your spirits and make you smile then look no further! I have to say that it was so much fun getting to know Mavis and Dot, from their quirky personalities to their blossoming friendship and all of their antics in between! I loved their differences and how they could wind each other up but I think this just made their friendship work so well along with a love of bargain hunting in the good old charity shops.
Even though there are some warm and funny moments there are also some more deeper themes in this book that created a lovely balance. As their pasts are revealed bringing more depth and understanding to their characters. Just because these women are retired it doesn’t mean their lives become boring in fact they get up to all sorts! From Worthington-on-Sea to Italy I loved all of the adventures that this pair get to experience. This book was so easy to read and I finished it in no time at all!
Before I finish my review I have to give a little mention to the illustrations dotted throughout, it really was a lovely touch and the pictures were exactly as I imagined this duo looked like.
Mavis and Dot is a story with warmth, real friendships and a wonderful outlook!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy.
A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.
In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.
“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.
“Tuscan Roots” (to be reissued by Bookouture in 2019) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tuscan-Roots-tangle-Italian-Apennines-ebook/dp/B01DDQDMDE/
“Now and Then in Tuscany” – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Now-Then-Tuscany-Italian-journeys-ebook/dp/B06Y8Y17MG
MAVIS AND DOT
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