Tonight’s book review is brought to you by novelist and short story author Jenny Worstall.
A Letter for Maureen
Synopsis: When it’s Maureen’s turn to chair the local book group meeting, choosing a new outfit turns out to be the least of her worries. A secret confided in Maureen by a fellow reader impacts on her life greatly over the following year. Then comes a revelation which could change the way Maureen lives her life altogether.
The disaster-prone Maureen, recently recovered from her comic mishaps in Venice, stars in a story that is both hilarious and heartbreaking.
A novella of ~18,500 words. This is the second to be published in the Maureen series, but the book can be read as a stand-alone story.
Jonathan’s website is jhillwriter.com.
Another wonderful adventure about Maureen from Jonathan Hill!
I particularly enjoyed the account of the Library Book Club meeting, chaired by the indomitable Maureen.
We meet Nigel the librarian, desperate to catch people breaking the rules, Winston the book club bore (don’t they all have one?), and a suspiciously familiar young man with red hair who spends his time observing Maureen and taking copious notes.
During the meeting Maureen tries to pass off shop mince pies as her own baking and the earlier scene where she is compared to Nigella Lawson as she attempts to bake in her own kitchen at home is absolutely priceless.
The transition to a darker mood towards the end is skillfully handled and every reader will surely feel the same hope that Maureen will bounce back and be ready to face the world again.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thank you, Jenny. I love book-related books, especially short ones and Maureen sounds like a fun lady.
As a child she moved between Portsmouth, Dartmouth, Bath, Naples and Shaftesbury. She went to London as a student to study music and has lived there ever since, teaching in an East End comprehensive, a grammar school and a convent school.
Choral singing has always been a passion and it was during a rehearsal with the BBC Symphony Chorus that she looked across the choir and saw the man she was to marry. After starting a family, she gave up full time class teaching, increased her piano teaching and at last found time to write.
She has written many short stories (including one that made it to The People’s Friend!). Make a Joyful Noise is her first novel.
You can find out more about Jenny and her writing via:
- her website
- Make a Joyful Noise (ebook and paperback)
- Infant Barbarian (ebook)
- Jubilee Violin (ebook)
- Lemon and Lace (ebook)
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