My new book, ‘Elopement: a memoir’, is closer to becoming a reality.
I’m delighted to reveal the back-page blurb of the new book, thanks to my friend, Christina Marigold Houen at Perfect Words Editing.
Please roll the drums and share my excitement! Here is the blurb for my new book:
‘I could fall in love with this man,’ I thought fleetingly. But then I remembered. I didn’t do that anymore. ‘
From the opening words, when Maureen Helen sees her friend John’s much loved old yacht rocking gently on the tide, we know she is in for a life-changing adventure. Maureen, nearing seventy, tells John she hopes she can still take on challenges when she is eighty, and he replies, ‘What will stop us?’
Their decision to elope to avoid the complications of a family wedding is a defiant act that symbolises the risk and spirit of adventure that make this story sing. Troubles arise — different ideas of how to share a life in a house that is haunted by painful memories, family concerns, giving up hard-won independence, illness, depression. But love survives.
This moving, funny, honest story will surprise and delight you. It fills a gap in our literature in its celebration of the joys, tribulations and transformations that late love can bring.
This new book has been six years in the writing. The process has been long and sometimes tedious.
As I’ve shared on my blog before, I’ve decided to self-publish rather than pursue traditional publication.This is a brand new adventure, a steep learning curve that John and I are sharing.
Please stay tuned for more installments of the journey of my new book through to publication.
The next episode may even include a peek-preview of the cover.
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