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Far from Home by T A Williams #Review #BeneathItalianSkiesBook3

  As ever, I am delighted to feature another romance by T A Williams , set in beautiful Italy. Far from Home was published by Canelo on May 9th. The secrets of the past will unlock her future… Working in the fast-paced foreign exchange market in Canary Wharf, Amy never expected her job to drive her to collapse. With her doctor advising she take a month off work, when Amy receives a solicitor’s letter informing her of a surprise inheritance in Italy, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. But who on earth has left her a house in the sleepy Tuscan hills? As she gets to know the town and its inhabitants, Amy discovers more about the mysterious man who named her in his will. Shocking family secrets come to light, leaving Amy questioning the life she knew. The town of Sant’Antonio holds more than just secrets. Here, Amy meets Adam, a renowned TV journalist whose documentaries take him to dangerous places. But as their attraction grows, so do Amy’s worries. Her life is in England,

Magic O'Clock / Magical Memories by L.S. Fellows ** Blog Tour Review**

Today I am featuring two short stories by L.S. Fellows: Magic O'Clock and Magical Memories.  They deal with issues around family relationships and the loss caused by dementia. 

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.

He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more. 

His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life. 

Not at all. 

It’s just different. 

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.

He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that. 

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

My Thoughts

This short story captures the poignant feelings of a daughter who a father no longer recognises but who glimpses hints of the man he used to be, when he delivers his talks to the other guests in the Care Home. The story, told from the daughter's perspective, is full of the love and care that she feels for her father. It is a very brief story but still manages to convey a lot about the damage done by dementia to a wider family.

As Archie Royle takes his final breath, three sisters race to say their goodbyes.

Two don’t make it in time.
I do.
And now, it’s all my fault they’re too late.
Despite him having dementia.
Despite them not visiting in over a month.

But I won’t let anger win.
After all, we’re all grieving, aren’t we?
Surely, as a family, we can let bygones be bygones.

It’s what Dad would want. Expect.
It’s what he deserves.
We have so much to be grateful for.
So many fond and magical memories to share.

Magical Memories is a fictional tale of loss, grief and moving on.

My Thoughts

The relationship between three siblings comes under the microscope in this short story which deals with their emotional reactions to the death of their father. One of the daughters is driven by her need to be with her father and her feelings of jealousy towards her sisters who she would rather were not included. She is desperate for a sign that her father can recognise her despite the fog of dementia. Aware that she has been his principal visitor, she wants to hang on to some control.  There are some difficult passages around coming to terms with death. This story makes you think about grief and making the most of happier times. It is full of emotion.

About the Author

Despite being born in England, my heart now lies in Spain. Many moons ago, I was a student in Granada, Spain. I loved it so much and swore I would return one day on a more permanent basis. In 2003, I did just that. 

Now, as a fur-mum to two adorable but mischievous mutts, in my free time I can usually be spotted with my nose in a book, armed with just the teeniest chunk of chocolate and a zillion pomegranates!

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Book links: 

Magic O'Clock:   Amazon UK universal
                         |  Other retailers- Kobo, B&N, Apple 

Magical Memories: Amazon UK

Thanks to L S Fellows and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the stories and a place on the tour.

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