Summary: Nothing lasts forever … Could it be that Gary’s time on earth is coming to an end? His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But Gary still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message. And there’s something else he needs to do, but spirit guide Clarence isn’t proving very helpful.
Hattie’s best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?
Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …
Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?
Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed as ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*
My Thoughts: This three-part story is absolutely lovely. I had so much fun reading it, and I fell in love with the characters more and more in every installment. I surprisingly loved the format of having three quick novellas continuing the story of Hattie and her husband, Gary. The character development in such a small amount of time was fantastic, and I really cared for all of them and their relationships to one another. They all felt very real and I wanted to be friends with them. The way Davis has written the dialogue and the character’s inner monologues is so witty, fun, and engaging that I could not put the books down. I found myself laughing out loud at moments (in public on the subway… not even a little embarrassed about it), and at other times feeling near tears. It is such an easy story to connect to, from so many different points of view, and I think it was such a clever way to show how people deal with grief. Part 3 definitely tied up all of the loose ends, but I could have read about these characters for so much longer! I was not ready for the story to end! I highly recommend this trilogy of novellas to anyone who is looking for a speedy dose of the warm fuzzies.
About the Author: Audrey Davis
Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.
Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity- or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: “There’s been a murrrder!”
After stint in London on a video magazine- yes, she is that old- Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat. humidity, and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.
Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life- BBQ’s, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants- so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well…
Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in- it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny-tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …