Hampshire County Libraries hold copies of COUNTING THE WAYS at Winchester Discovery Centre lending library. From January 2020, THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS will also be available from them.
My blog has been available to follow on my website for the past few months.
My second novel, THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS, is published at the end of November.
Monday 4th November, I am a guest on Antonia Honeywell's BOOK BRUNCH SHOW on CHILTERN VOICE FM from 10 until noon talking all things books!
I will be at the Henley on Arden Book Fair on Sunday 17th November - followed by the Brighton and Hove Book Fair on Saturday 23rd. November. On Saturday December 7th, I will be at CRAFTY WOMEN FAIR at Winchester's Guildhall selling copies of my two novels.
Jude Hayland has written a fascinating story. I could not put down The Legacy of Mr Jarvis, and read it in one day. Mary Foster is starting to revisit all her family secrets, and all of their demons. This is a multi-layered story, with twists but not in the thriller sense but in the family sense.
The writing is simply extraordinary. Jude Hayland does an excellent job taking ordinary, average people and portraying them in totality, good and bad, strengths and flaws. Mary is a wonderful, fully realized character. I understood and empathized with her. Time does seem to fly by and as you look back on your life, there are defining moments along the way, but it is never to late to make a change. Ms. Hyland's story and the characters she creates to inhabit them are quite phenomenal. They unassumingly live in the real world, face real situations, and do their best based on the circumstances. This is a novel about family, keeping your own council, second chances, self-discovery, and, ultimately, hope.
Ms. Hayland has drawn Mary, her family and friends with a deft pen. I was so drawn into their history. The author handles all the tender aspects of the story with great sensitivity and draws such compassion for the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a literate and compassionate look at the lives we lead.
Eleven-year old Mary Foster, without her parent's warning her, is suddenly leaving her London home and moved to the seaside. If it wasn't for Eva becoming her best friend, she would have been miserable. Her parents haven't explained the sudden move, there is no communication between the three of them and when she has to give up her room for a lodger she's not in the least aware how much that will affect the rest of her life.
The descriptions of the grown-up Mary to her ailing mother Ida who has descended into Altzheimer's, and her timid elderly father who now lives alone, are sad and poignant. She's also reflecting on her past...why the lack of communication between the three of them, why couldn't they be like other 'normal' families? Slowly the truth slots into place, as pieces of the puzzle that was their lives start making sense.
I absolutely loved this book, it's such a vivid depiction of family life decades ago. It took me back to my own childhood and our family dynamics; the emotional ramifications of parents who survived WWII.
Beautifully written with so much heart and vividly drawn characters, I devoured the book as slowly as possible so I didn't have to leave the story. As much as I loved Mary and Eva, I think my favorite character was Susan, I admired her stoicism a lot.
Great book, highly recommended!
Thank you Net Galley, for the opportunity to read this book. The plot of this book is the life of Mary from the time she is a young girl to present day. It goes from past to present with each chapter, each time giving us a bit more info and shining more light on why things are they way they are. I really enjoyed Mary and her friend Eva’s characters. They were instantly likeable and I found myself wishing everything would go well for Mary. I Looked at Ida and felt I understood just how Mary felt towards her mother, I could see some of me in Mary. The story is unique as it isn’t all black and white, there is a lot left in the grey area and it forced me to decide how I wanted things to be. This book had me looking beyond the obvious and questioning how well we really now our parents and friends. We see what they want us to see and we don’t always understand the how and why of many situations. The book flows nicely and I believe you will enjoy reading it.
It’s been rehashed in the book descriptor but I have to outline the plot. A young girl named Mary Foster is unexpectantly uprooted from her childhood home in London and moved to to a seaside home far away. She comes home one day and the movers are packing things up. Her parents didn’t give her any warning. Imagine that….I would be extremely upset to lose my friends and suburban life without warning, that is from the point of view of a twelve year old.
The perspective jumps to Mary as an adult, taking care of her aging father and her mother who now has Alzheimer’s. Things her mother remembers sparks Mary to research her past a bit. It’s funny how some things we don’t understand as a child make perfect sense when you are an adult.
It’s a point of reference from the grown up experiences and how we remember something that suddenly fits like a puzzle. The “Oh, that’s what that meant!” kinda thing.
Without spoilers I can say the end leaves you to make up your own mind how life proceeds for Mary. Two clear and distinct choices are presented by Mary, taking her life in the direction she chooses. Which one did she pick? Hmmmm….The author depicts a normal group of characters with everyday flaws and problems.
Much thanks to NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book. I was not compensated for the review. Would I read more by Jude Hayland? Absolutely.
When the reader is introduced to Mr Jarvis, a lodger taken in by the family, one wonders why he is so important to the story. Told through the eyes of the daughter of the house, both as a child and as an adult in the current day, the reader sees the events unfold and slowly put the pieces of the story together. I really enjoyed this book once I got into the time jumps back and forth. I would be interested to read more by this author.
Born in London, I have been writing short fiction for many years - publishing numerous short stories both here in the UK and internationally in commercial magazines. I was a runner-up in the Bridport short story competition some years ago.
Completing an M.A. in Creative Writing, however, entirely changed my focus and I started writing longer fiction, completing my first novel in 2017 and publishing with Matador -COUNTING THE WAYS I have recently published my second novel, again with Matador, and THE LEGACY OF MR JARVIS>/b>is available as a paperback and eBook.
I am currently working on my third novel.
In addition to writing, I also teach creative writing classes and combine this with working as a tutor of English and Drama.
I have lived in Winchester for the past 25 years although London remains the place that has the greatest sense of home to me. I also spend a great deal of time at a family house in north west Crete.
My genre is: family/relationships/book group fiction/women's fiction/literary/commercial crossover and I particularly enjoy setting my novels in the recent, lived past.