A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship. Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels. All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.
What a wonderful feel good read this was.
Mavis and Dot are quite different in personalities which I think makes their friendship even more lovely to read. It was quite sad I have to say that both of the ladies have found themselves quite alone in the world with not much in the way of family and friends. I was actually glad that a chance meeting gets them both together.
There is a whole array of wonderful characters, even the dog makes such an impression on the reader. In a way it has made me look forward to getting older. The shopping trips and cake and tea in cafe’s. Not to mention the fish and chips! It made me realise that instead of worrying about getting older, there is so much more to look forward to.
I loved that we get transported to Tuscany as well as the sea side. Both places that would be great to go to. That’s another thing that’s great about being retired, being able to do anything at the drop of a hat. I think both ladies bring so much to the story and I loved finding out a bit more about them and their past.
Mavis And Dot, I hope is just the first in many adventures for this fabulous duo. It is a heart warming read that will really make you value your family and friends. I think Mavis and Dot between them can really teach us a lot about how we treat people in this world. An endearing and entertaining read. Really enjoyed it.
My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers coy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.
In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.
“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.