Coming June 21st 2018.
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#JiddyVardy is listed on @goodreads! If you read and enjoy it, I’d love to see your review there! JV >>> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39331352-jiddy-vardy …
Review from Anna Caig (Book Blogger, Writer, Sheffield Observer Book Writer):
From the first page the reader is plunged into Tessa’s totally believable world. The novel is full of the apprehensions of the times, coupled with Tessa’s emotionally difficult decision making which could alter the family dynamics forever should she choose to follow her dreams.
Can she take that risk?
The setting, historical references, descriptions of family politics and the fleetingness of life in this era all read like a period feature film, such are the book’s many coloured layers.
Tessa’s decision making is as relevant now as it was then. We feel for her every step of the way; she could be me or you. A wonderful book with intertwined characters and a storyline that has you urging Tess on at every stage.
Miss Estevez is obviously in love with her many well rounded and observed characters.This certainly shines through the prose, which in itself, is
effortless and what makes this book so enjoyable to read.
An absolute pleasure.
Let me say first and foremost that this is NOT girly literature. This is GOOD literature. I am not a lover of romantic fiction and when I am sick in bed I take Chandler and Hammett with my whiskey rather than Austen and Bronte, but in spite of its romantic look, this book is so well written, and the characters are so rounded and interesting, that you are simply carried along by their lives. This book is above and beyond genre. It is that rarest of things: good writing, a good novel, a damn good read.
Quite aside from the interest of the story itself, which is intricate, tense and emotionally charged, and quite aside from the characters who are, each and every one of them, interesting people, the beauty of the prose is what stands out about this book. The writing is exquisite without ever being tedious or pretencious. Estevez is clearly in love with words, and as she uses them she makes them beautiful, vibrant and even succulent.
This is a book you will want to read, and keep reading, because you care about what is happening to the people, but also just for the sheer pleasure of how she uses the language. A real joy.