Time for a Short Story by Julia Roberts book review and blogtour



Time for a Short Story written by Julia Roberts, publisher Ripped Ltd is available NOW in ebook format.

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Eloise is still coming to terms with the death of her mother two years previously when she takes a job as a waitress in a tearoom while she is home from university to spend the summer in Guernsey. There she meets regular customer, Josephine, whose hobby is writing short stories.
English student, Eloise, offers to read some of the stories and is surprised by how good they are. She organises a special ninetieth birthday treat for Josephine but when the elderly lady doesn’t show up for her usual Wednesday morning elevenses, Eloise gets a feeling that something is terribly wrong.
Where is Josephine? And will she ever find out about Eloise’s extraordinary act of kindness?


I’m so pleased to be on the blogtour promoting and celebrating Time for a Short Story and I’d like to thank the author for an arc in return for a review.

What a treat this little story was!  I was hooked from the start and was kept enthralled to the end.  One of the best short stories I’ve read.

Eloise is back home on leave from uni and is so pleased to land herself a little part-time job in a local tearoom Primrose Pantry.  Eloise befriends an elderly regular of the café and is surprised by how much they have in common.  The friendship that develops between the young Eloise and Josephine is so heart warming and also quite inspiring.  Both generations were learning from each other.

This was such a delightful story very well written that held my attention throughout.  I warmed to all the characters and the setting was perfect … nothing like a good book and a cuppa, especially with a piece of cake made by June at Primrose Pantry.  The author, Julia Roberts, had interwoven a little humour in the story which felt just right for the characters.  My emotions towards the end of the story were heightened and I was left with goosebumps!  5/5*

I love a short story, they are ideal to help you wound down after a busy day … turn off your mobile and the TV put the kettle on and sit down with your ereader and relax.  I also like short stories for in between big novel reads and I’d like to quote Julia herself on her agreed view of short stories “it’s almost like cleaning your palate in between courses at a ‘posh’ dinner”.  A book at the price of less than a pound is nothing when compared with the enjoyment you receive from the words written, a book that brings a smile to your face is priceless!

About the Author

Julia Roberts was born in Nottingham in 1956 and, despite contracting the killer disease polio in 1957, began her career in the entertainment industry in 1973 as a professional dancer in a summer season in Guernsey, Channel Islands. She had a varied career as a dancer, singer and actress, accepting contracts which allowed her to travel the globe, experiences she has been able to draw on for The Liberty Sands trilogy.

In 1993 she auditioned as a Presenter for a successful American shopping channel which was launching in the UK, and was the first face on air. Throughout her twenty-two years with QVC she has worked for other TV companies including sky Sports, she has a passion for football and particularly for her team, Crystal Palace, and she has written for various publications, but it wasn’t until her two children left home that she found the time to write her first book, a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool.

Following the publication of her first book by Preface Publishing in March 2013, Julia booked a holiday to Mauritius. Her children had bought her a notebook for Mother’s Day with words ‘Hold On People… I’m Having An Idea’, on the cover. On the first morning of her holiday,  Julia had just that – the idea for her first novel.

Over the course of the ten days she was in Mauritius, she scribbled copious notes, thoughts and ideas. When she arrived home, she started writing.

Life’s a Beach and Then…, book one of the Liberty Sands trilogy, was published in May 2015 and book two, If He Really Loved Me…, is published on 25th November. Julia is currently writing the final book in the trilogy, It’s Never Too Late to Say…, which is scheduled for publication in May 2016.

Julia is an ambassador and fund raiser for British Polio, and has donated from book sales to them, the Rotary ‘End Polio Now’ campaign and also to the blood cancer charity, Bloodwise, after she was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 2012.

Julia’s The Liberty Sands Trilogy is available at amazon … https://www.amazon.co.uk/Julia-Roberts/e/B00XEFYXRE/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1


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