When a friend of mine told me that she had written a book I was full of admiration and in awe and couldn't wait to read it. So here it is, my review of a wonderful heart warming book written by a friend.
The Beautiful Voice of Professor LlewllynElaine Fitzgerald- Burrowes
From the first page I was hooked. I immediately warmed to the main character Phil, a widow struggling to bring up three children with love and good humour. The children are beautifully described and I found myself cheering them all on and caring about what was going to happen.
Phil has a larger than life best friend called Maisie who adds light relief and is someone we would all like to have as a friend.
The beautiful voice of the title belongs to a retired Welsh professor who is also
widowed and moves into the house opposite Phil. Romance seems round the corner
and the only fly in the ointment is the professor's daughter Megan.
I do not want to ruin the story for you so here I will quote from the cover of the book which sums up the story so well.
A contemporary novel that will have you laughing, crying and cheering from the sidelines.
It explores the complexities of two families coming together and the ups and downs of finding love in later life.
It also takes on a serious and psychological element too, and sheds a much-needed spotlight into how a family member's mental health issues can impact on and threaten a blossoming romance.
You can order the book on Amazon or download on kindle.
Mental health is now often rightly considered in the same way as physical health, something that needs looking after and in the book there is an acknowledgment.
St.Patrick's University Hospital Dublin (founded with money left by Dean Jonathan Swift in his will in 1745) has been innovatively and tirelessly working to break down the barriers of stigma around mental illness and empowering people across Ireland with mental health difficulties to speak up and seek help through their walk in my shoes campaign.
So make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and settle down for a heart warming read with Elaine Fitzgerald-Burrowes first book and then look out for the next two due out this year.