Troubador Marriage, A Journey and A Dog

Released: 28/08/2015

ISBN: 9781784623692

eISBN: 9781784626099

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Marriage, A Journey and A Dog


40-year-old Natalie has no experience of driving through Europe when she has to leave her sleepy market town in the South of England to collect her husband Gerry, from a French hospital. She drives an old Fiat and has only her little dog for company. Gerry loves sport more than his wife and now he is restricted to a hospital bed after a cycling accident.

She gets lost on her way to the hospital, then makes the uncharacteristic decision to stay lost, having adventures in France and Spain. In Paris she faces the reality that love and passion are missing from her marriage. From Paris, Natalie drives through France and across the Pyrenees and onto Barcelona, her experiences forging an adventurous spirit in her, and Flamenco dancing releasing her wild side. While Gerry is annoyed at her stupidity at getting lost, as well he might, she is having a great time. The gulf between them widens.

Natalie believes in marriage and they have a 16-year-old daughter. On her return she desperately holds on to their relationship, and tries to make her new found self, fit into her old life. Her journey has opened up a new career opportunity. A romantic liaison has left her wondering about what she is missing in her marriage. Will she be able to mend her marriage? Should she take a risk and leave Gerry, and everything she has known? Can she truly break free from their past? Join Natalie on her journey of self-discovery.

Marriage, a Journey and a Dog includes discussion notes for reading clubs about life changing events.

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If you love a Romantic Comedy, with the turmoil of conflicting emotions, this unique story is for you. – it says so in the 5* reviews.

Paperback now published and the ebook uploaded. All edited and typeset by Matador. Looking good. Marketing doing well with TV and radio interviews. Twitter and blog/website developing successfully. Two talks and one lecture on creative writing, booked in Sri Lanka (my other life). Writing magazine is including my book on the Subscriber Spotlight Page. U3A sharing information.

Lots of retweets in magazines about travel; dogs; sport; and relationships. All book related


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I normally steer clear of romance, but this story is gripping. I was quickly drawn into some tangled relationships, and worried if the character would get out of her misery, or a kind of passive existence, and if her adventure and dreams would be short-lived.

This novel goes beyond romance and provokes you to dig into mixed emotions such as love, loss, shame and guilt.

There was a twist in the story, which was integral to the sense of loss and longing. It was uncomfortable to read, yet it was possibly essential for explaining the complexity of a relationship breakdown.

The story confronts your fear and triggers you to face your deep-seated secrets and your raw emotion. It shows beautifully the interconnectedness of the life of the people around us.

As the story is set in Eastleigh, it brings alive the senses and smells that we're used to from the South of England. Though I have never been to a Bingo hall, the atmosphere and the people in the Bingo community in the book were convincing. So they also have a big dream like Natalie does?

I'm touched by the pursuits of the characters in the story. If love is transient, are you brave enough to break away from the norm and embrace the unknown? Are you worthy of happiness?

The story is rich in conversations and you hear different voices from the characters.

Interestingly the philosopher Confucius considers reaching the age of 40, one should be established and have no delusion. One should be free from doubt and perplexities in life. Yet in the story, at 40, the character Natalie is trying to unravel her life. She examines her inner voices and faces up to her doubts in her life. She examines her inner voices and faces up to her doubts in her imperfect life. It takes courage to even attempt to unsettle an established lifestyle.

I think a novel that gives you pleasure, while challenging your status quo and disturbing you at the same time, is a success.

Marriage a Journey and a Dog is worth your time. I'd read it again.

by Janet Williams

Brenda H  Sedgwick

Love writing. Exploring relationships with humour and a sense of the tragic. I like to entertain the reader.

Creative writing tutor: Winchester U.K Adult Education, Writing for therapy tutor at Winchester Prison, Community Mental Health education, Homeless education projects. (retired)

Volunteering in Sri Lanka as a teacher and Creative Writing teacher trainer.

Always busy when in the U.K, looking after the family and their animals. Writing, of course.


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