Today is the official launch of Being Netta Wilde and it’s kicking off with a mammoth blog tour. I’ll be sharing some of the reviews and posts throughout the tour. In the meantime, here’s the full listing.
These are the bloggers I’ve provided extra content to – guest posts, meet the author Q & As or extracts from the book, with added context. You can click on the names if you want to see more
Sometimes friendship can turn up in the unlikeliest of places.
As soon as Anna meets Grace, she knows there’s something special about her. Despite the age gap – Grace is 94 and Anna is 39 – the two connect and friendship blossoms. Bit by bit the lives of these two lonely women are brightened by each other’s company and neither can imagine their lives without the other in it. Unfortunately, not everyone is as pleased about it as they are. Grace’s great-nephew Tom, for one. Not only does he suspect Anna’s motives, he also does not like the effect she’s having on Aunty Grace. Grace’s new found independence is dragging up old memories that seem to be unsettling her. Memories about the man who left her at the altar long before she married her beloved Roy. Anna embarks on a project to help Grace gain closure which does not go down well with Tom. And Grace has her own project. All she has to do is get Anna and Tom to like each other and the rest should be easy.
There were no great surprises in this book but that didn’t matter. I still couldn’t wait to return to it every time I put it down. A charming and heart-warming story and a perfect holiday read. Funny, touching and uplifting. Grace is a lovely, sweet character. One I could easily fall in love with.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Today I’m sharing information about this uplifting story of love, loss and second chances that celebrates friendship and human connections – and an excerpt from it to see if it will whet your appetite for more!.
Netta Wilde was all the things Annette Grey isn’t. Netta Wilde was raw, unchecked and just a little bit rebellious. She loved The Clash and she loved being Netta Wilde.
Annette Grey is an empty, broken woman who hardly knows her own children. Of course, it’s her own fault. She’s a bad mother. An unnatural mother. At least, that’s what her ex-husband tells her.
The one thing she is good at … the one thing that stops her from falling … is her job.
When the unthinkable happens, Annette makes a decision that sets her on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention. Along the way, her life is filled with friends, family, dogs, and…
An uplifting story of love, loss and second chances that celebrates friendship and human connections.Netta Wilde was all the things Annette Grey isn’t. Netta Wilde was raw, unchecked and just a little bit rebellious. She loved The Clash and she loved being Netta Wilde. Annette Grey is an empty, broken woman who hardly knows her own children. Of course, it’s her own fault. She’s a bad mother. An unnatural mother. At least, that’s what her ex-husband tells her. The one thing she is good at …the one thing that stops her from falling …is her job. When the unthinkable happens, Annette makes a decision that sets her on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention. Along the way, her life is filled with friends, family, dogs, and jam. Lots of jam. Suddenly anything seems possible. Even being Netta Wilde again. But, is she brave enough to take that…
Netta puts up with a lot in my opinion, and I felt that she was totally taken advantage of by her ex Husband and grown up children – especially her children, expecting her to pay for everything, yet not wanting to spend time in her company. Netta comes across as a totally likeable character – it’s just the rest of her family that are the problem, especially her ex, Colin, who rings her up to complain about the fact that she’s been made redundant – seemingly more worried about his handouts, than Netta’s welfare!
Netta seems to have changed a lot since her carefree university days, which are described vividly, where all she was interested in was having fun. It felt as though Colin had gradually eroded her confidence over the years, and poisoned the children against her.
Being made redundant and getting involved with volunteering at the food bank…
Here’s my guest post for Between The Lines book blog
It’s launch day on the blog tour for Being Netta Wilde, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
I have a guest post to share by Hazel Ward, the author…
I choose music with my words.
Popular music has always played a part in my life. There are songs that have been lodged in my memory for a long time. Not necessarily ones I’d choose to listen to, but that doesn’t make them any less special. Que Sera Sera, an old Doris Day hit, immediately transports me back to my mother singing it when ironing. My dad’s favoured singalong was a traditional one called The German Clockmaker. Quite racy for its time, I believe. He had a habit of singing it when drunk. I’m smiling now at the thought of my younger self rolling my eyes as he belted it out in the middle of a crowded pub.
As I write this, Amazon are still in the process of synching the book formats so if you want to check out the paperback and can’t find it, you can check it out here.
I’m happy to say the advanced reviews are already looking good. Here are some from Goodreads:
‘Being Netta Wilde is a gorgeous novel about looking deep inside yourself, recognising what’s wrong and having the courage to change.
Friends, a dog and jam plus a lot of support will see Netta going on a journey she never imagined….
The writing is crisp and immersive and I was swept along on Netta’s journey of discovery and transformation.’Katherine Hayward Pérez
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s well written with some dark moments but the humour is never far away. It shows how strong we can be when everything seems pitted against us. There is a great cast of quirky characters. I particularly liked the character of Netta, there is a certain resilience to her. I also loved reading about her journey on the road to recovery. She did a fantastic job. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! It’s a tale of true friendship, hope, belief in yourself and survival.
This is a lovely read, a wonderful debut. It’s easy, engaging and entertaining. I’m looking forward to the next book in Netta’s World!’Vanessa Wild
‘A wonderful life affirming read of not being taken for granted and being out done. Of coercive control and subservience to becoming the butterfly you once dreamt of being but sadly became stuck in the chrysalis. Of how friends, jam and a dog can make the world go around and bring out your true colours in a good way. I really enjoyed this and found myself thinking “ go girl”. Maybe we can all see a little of ourselves in Netta? One life – live it! Loved it.’Misfits farm
Look out for the official launch and blog tour starting on 23rd June. More details on that in my next post.
If you do get the book. Let me know what you think. Also, if you could take the time to leave an honest review in Amazon, it would help me to get greater visibility. Either way, I do hope you enjoy it.