I am so glad I read this! I love Elaine Spires as much as her work! The first few chapters of this book were a little emotional. So I am not going to give away the plot but it starts with a visit to have an abortion. WOW Heavy topic!
This book was descriptive and set in England and Antigua. The main character, Eleanor, is a well-known artist. Eleanor’s daughter Victoria is her personal assistant. The thought of being my Mothers PA is hysterical to me. The story starts with the two planning on a winter in Antigua which will be before Eleanor’s latest exhibit. Here the author has a wonderful way of sharing the scenery and local foods in a way that makes you want to visit. She should make a travel brochure.
Enter Tyrone, a local very chilled out beach bum. The description of Antigua and the surrounding were spot on! I liked Tyrone a lot. The part where the author take a situation that is serious and makes it sort of funny. For example Tyrone is late to the clinic and the two ladies are bickering about him being late. So when he gets there it is a situation where he just blurts out that his mother wants a grand children and would like that known before the abortion. I was almost laughing because it was an I Love Lucy moment to me.
A great reveal happens that sets the rest of the tone. I really have to say that when the twist happened I was like “YES that’s how you do it” Great writing. The final chapter had me shocked and speechless. A great book for sure!
Elaine Spires is a diverse novelist as well as an award-winning playwright and actress.
Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels.
She wrote her first book What’s Eating Me in 2010. It was originally a play, a one-woman show performed as a monologue with a child actor – Elena-Beth Carter playing Eileen as a child in the background and Elaine performed it on the London and Edinburgh fringes. She loved the character of loved Eileen so much that she decided to expand the story into a book.
Her second novel was Singles’ Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua… the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful… silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea… and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they’re single!
And her third novel Sweet Lady, again set in Antigua, will amaze you with a massive twist which goes to show that nothing is as it seems!
When Elaine is not writing her ideas into her next book or play, she enjoys going to the theatre, visiting the cinema, eating out with her friends and she also loves to read! Elaine spends her time between her homes in Hadleigh, Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.)