What happens when the relationship you have taken for granted suddenly ends?
Ava Connors is comfortable with her life just as it is, still living in the tiny terrace house where she was brought up by her grandmother, Maggie, seeing her long-term boyfriend, Finlay, and working in a florist.
But Maggie’s health is declining and Finlay is fed up waiting for Ava to make a commitment.
Ava has never really known her mother, Scarlett, and when she inherits an old and dilapidated house it ignites an interest in the mother who had abandoned her as a child.
Why did Scarlett leave her to be brought up by her grandmother?
Soon Ava begins to ask this question and in turn sets off a series of events that will change her life forever.
A Posy of Promises looks at the relationships we have and the questions we ask of those we love.
Being a massive fan of programmes like Grand Designs. I instantly fell in love with the house that Ava inherits and had so many visions and ideas of what the house should look like. I’m not sure whether Ava would agree but it was lovely to fantasise about inheriting a house like that and what I would do with it myself.
Ava is such a wonderful character. I warmed to her from the off and by the end she felt like one of my friends. In fact there are many wonderful characters in this book. From Hazel, Ava’s boss, to her wonderful friend Niamh and her childhood friend Joseph, they were all great and I would love to see more of them.
This was such a wonderful story. There are lots of things going on in Ava’s life with her beloved grandma being in a home, the house, her love life and to top it all her mother, but it all slots in so lovely making this a mesmerizing read.
A Posy Of Promises is a gentle and beautiful story that took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I finished it in one day as I was so invested in Ava’s life and was quite melancholy when I reached the end as I wasn’t ready to say good bye to the characters. An enchanting and heartwarming story with characters that will stay with me for quite a while. Loved it.
My thanks to Bombshell Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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A Posy of Promises is Sharon Dempsey’s first contemporary women’s fiction novel.
Sharon is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. He crime debut Little Bird was released July 2017 with Bloodhound Books.
She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University, and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.
Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.
A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy.
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