Troubador Meeting Lydia

Released: 15/05/2018

ISBN: 9781789013160

Format: Paperback

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“A must-read for anyone interested in psychology and relationships” - Norma Patrick


Meeting Lydia explores the very relevant topics of childhood bullying, midlife crises, the pros and cons of internet relationships, and how the psychological effects of these affect the main character and those around her. Readers will be gripped by the turbulent life of Marianne who navigates the onset of menopause, an empty nest, a suspected errant husband and a demanding new obsession that pulls her in deeper as the story unfolds. Those interested in the psychology of relationships will enjoy this novel, as well as those who delight in an enthralling story with relatable characters and the powerful question of what happens when the past catches up with the present. This second edition has reworked the early chapters of the first edition, making for a pacy and shorter version more in line with the audiobook.

Marianne comes home from work one day to find her husband talking to a glamorous woman in their kitchen. Old childhood insecurities resurface, stemming from a time back at school when she was bullied. Jealousy rears its head and her happy marriage begins to crumble. Desperate for a solution - and introduced by her daughter to social networking - she tries to track down her first schoolgirl crush, the enigmatic Edward Harvey. But Marianne is unprepared for the power of email relationships ...

May 2017 and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket is released. Early reviews are looking very positive and encouraging.

December 2016 and Meeting Lydia is now released as an audiobook and is available via Amazon, Audible and iTunes. And book 4, The Man in the Needlecord Jacket has begun the publication process here with Troubador.

November 2016 and an abridged audiobook of Meeting Lydia is on the verge of release. It is narrated by talented voice actress Harriet Carmichael and produced by Essential Music, London. It will be available via Audible and iTunes. Watch this space!

June 2014 and Linda began the marketing whirl of The Alone Alternative with an interview on Croydon Radio. It is the last 45 mins of this podcast: http://croydonradio.com/upload/podcast/2014-06-21-15-59-30.

During 2013 Linda was giving talks about the fateful events that led to her writing and publishing Meeting Lydia. Mostly in Bromley and Croydon, but she also took the opportunity to speak at Clyst Vale Library in the village of Broadclyst, Devon, where The Alone Alternative is partly set and where she was busy conducting research.

Very pleased to announce that A Meeting of a Different Kind was one of five shortlisted titles for IPR License December Agent's Pick competition.

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I really enjoyed reading this story. I love the concept of the storyline and the way it's told. It's written well and it's easy to read and follow because the chapters are short. The story is about Marianne and her internet search for Edward, the first boy she had a crush on at school. She starts feeling insecure in her marriage and so she starts an online relationship. It shows the ups and downs of social media and online relationships. It'was a very interesting read for me and one that I could relate to.

by Therese Ferguson


Drew me right in! Lydia feels her husband is interested in a young woman in his office so, feeling insecure, she does the modern thing and goes on Facebook to search for Edward - her first boyfriend. A well written interesting commentary on our world today.

by Rhonda Lomazow


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