Friday, 4 May 2018


A Clean Sweep- Audrey Davies- 4*
Picture this: A group of middle aged people living suburban existences wanting
that little more excitement and adventure in their lives. One would like a new
man in her life and in walks a gorgeous chimney sweep. Another has changed
her name from Beryl to Meryl after her favourite film star and spends her time
whenever possible singing to ABBA tracks- despite singing like “ a cat being given
an enema”.  A daughter whose love life has fallen flat on the floor and really
wants to move jobs as well as boyfriends. A man who by chance sees his
estranged daughter in the supermarket with her sons- he hasn’t seen her since
she was small as his wife has kept him away. You get the gist of the subject
matter of the book- A lighthearted look at life with a smile. It took me a little
while to get into this book but once I did it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Think suburban wives with the odd (in every sense!) man thrown in.
An interesting take on life with its ups and downs and the love and losses
along the way with a little humour and a rogue for good measure. A book
to restore your faith in life and love.
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A Clean Sweep A CLEAN SWEEP is a laugh-out-loud tale of love, lies and second chances. Love comes around when you least expect it. Fifty-something widow Emily isn't
expecting romance. Nor is she expecting a hunky twenty-something chimney sweep
on her doorstep.Daughter Tabitha knows something isn't quite right with her
relationship, while her boss – Abba-loving Meryl – thinks she's found the real deal.
Are they both right, or pursuing Mr Wrong? Emily's sister, Celeste, has the perfect
marriage … or does she? Can a fitness tracker lead her down the path to happiness
or heartbreak? Susan is single, overweight and resigned to a life of loneliness.
There was the one who got away but you don't get another try, do you?
Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in a book that will grab your heart,
make you smile and wish you had a chimney to sweep. Purchase from Amazon:
Author Bio Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland.
Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be
an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise.
She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time
to offer a journalism course.Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world
was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers
about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded
her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the
odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier
rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, less farm
animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: 'There's been a murrrrder!' After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved
to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat,
humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which
was banned by the government for 'artistic' use of naked men's bottoms. Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising
Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of
Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your
own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back
to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an
Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn't bode well … Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers),
got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again.
Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists.
Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it's packing time again.
Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny,
tiny issues. Like driving on the 'wrong' side of the road and speaking a foreign language
(French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we'll skip over the wall demolition
in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless.
At least she provides amusement for the local workforce. It wasn't until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing
Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took
a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break
– followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy,
The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018,
with the conclusion following in May/June. After which she might have a wee lie down … Facebook - Twitter-

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