Published by Orenda Books on May 1, 2019
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When Sam falls in love with Deptford thug Derek, and Anne’s best friend Kathleen takes her own life, they discover they are linked not just by a world of drugs and revenge; they also share the friendship of the uncanny and enigmatic Deborah. Seamstress, sailor, storyteller and self-proclaimed centenarian immortal, Deborah slowly reveals to Anne and Sam her improbable, fantastical life, a history of hidden Deptford and ultimately the solution to their crises.
Wow, this book is breathtaking, the words on the pages transpire into a beautiful and authentic storyline. One which will stay with you long after you have finished the book. West Camel where have you been! This debut is mesmerising.
The story follows Anne, a recovering drug addict who lost everything and Sam, a gay man who moved to Deptford for the flashy bars and men. The mysterious Deborah links them all, turns up unexpectedly and always seems surprised, all the while telling her story to them both and the story behind her fabric.
That is all I will say about the plot because to say anymore could potentially ruin it for you. What I will say, it is a page-turner as you become addicted to the three characters wanting to learn more, you have a need to find out more. As I said I was mesmerised, as slowly each chapter revealed something new, as we live the day-to-day with Anne and Sam and the “magical” one with Deborah.
When I picked up this book I was not sure what to expect, but what I got was something unexpected. The emotions I felt, watching Anne rebuild her life and Sam learning what it is to truly be alive.
The writing is quite simply stunning. The story is magical. I felt I was really seeing Deptford, picturing the idyllic houses on the estates, smelling the smells, hearing the sounds. All the while reinforcing that connection between people is strong and we all need it no matter what level sometimes we receive it, but it makes us truly alive.
Until next time xxx
Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review
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