"I decided long ago that you can either be cowed by the absurdities of life or lampoon them."
My love affair with both life and words began in 1969, when ‘Fashion’ Magazine paid me the goodly sum of £25 to write an article about travel. Other articles followed and from these humble beginnings came children’s books, full of rib-tickling humour and scintillating action.
However, my desire to wax lyrical about the absurdity of life remained and whilst journeying by train to some far distant school or to a signing at Waterstones, I began scribbling down my thoughts. Blogs, anecdotes and short stories followed. Now, of an age to remember the past, I thought, why not? There has to be heaps of people around like me … well, not exactly like me but near enough to enjoy and remember how life once was.
Age and the Antique Sideboard will be published in August 2017.
Miss Spencer strikes again with an incredible story that will pull you in and not let you go. This woman deserves way more recognition than she gets for her superb story-telling, and she's a wonderful lady as well (I've met her and have a signed copy of 'Running', another of her novels). So I'm starting my review by saying: READ THIS! Especially if you love historical fiction/fantasy/time-travel.
The descriptions and realism alone make this book a stand out and once you add the emotions and romance it becomes a very difficult book to put down. I felt every pain that Molly felt, her frustration, her indecision and ultimately how she came to terms with her life and her plans for the future.
Molly's relationship with Richard was refreshingly different among the many romances for young adults in existence today and I found her independent streak, though it caused her a lot of trouble, to be much more appealing than if she'd taken the easy route.
Perhaps one of the things that affected me the most was the relationship between Molly and her family. I hate a certain member of that family and just thinking about how enclosed Molly must have felt (both the Molly from our time and the Molly from the past time) is enough to make me feel very claustrophobic. And the parallels that can be drawn between the two Molly's and their families (though for different reasons) is very eerie.
There is one particular revelation that left me feeling like my stomach had dropped a foot, due to the fact it was a 'my god, did that really happen?!' moment. It was so unexpected and so heart-wrenching. Will Molly stay with Richard, will she go home? All I will say is prepare to be taken on many twists and turns and be confronted with a few 'I never saw that coming!' moments.
I really can't praise this book enough. Time Breaking is a stellar example of historical fiction, unputdownable, emotional and it just plain blew me away. Wow.
by The Magic of Reading
In 1967, considering herself to be destined for a life of mediocrity, Barbara Spencer hi-tailed it to the West Indies to watch cricket, the precursor to a highly colourful career spanning three continents in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. An award winning children's author, Broken is Barbara's first outing writing for adults. A finalist in the fiction category of the Book Excellence Awards, Broken was first published on Kindle. The paperback version will be published the spring of 2017.