Drift Stumble Fall written by M. Jonathan Lee, publisher Hideaway Fall Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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The author of five novels, M Jonathan Lee is a tireless mental health awareness campaigner, working closely with organisations including Mind, Time to Change and Rethink and blogs regularly for Huffington Post. Having personally experienced anxiety and depression during his life, Jonathan draws on his experiences to inform his writing.
Richard feels trapped in his hectic life of commitment and responsibility. From the daily mayhem of having young children, an exhausted wife and pushy in-laws who frequently outstay their welcome, Richards existence fills him with panic and resentment. The only place he can escape the dark cloud descending upon him is the bathroom, where he hides for hours on end, door locked, wondering how on earth he can escape.
Often staring out of his window, Richard enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, his neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From the outside, Bills world appears filled with comfort and peace. Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined. Beneath the surface, a family tragedy has left Bill frozen in time and unable to move on. As he waits for a daughter who may never return, Bill watches Richards bustling family life and yearns for the joy it brings. As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other peoples lives are not always what they seem.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of M. Jonathan Lee’s latest novel, Drift Stumble Fall. My initial reactions at the end of this captivating story was that I felt emotionally spent. Once again M. Jonathan Lee opens your eyes, hearts and minds to the realities of life. One minute the author would have me laughing out loud with his wicked sense of humour and as a parent myself I so got where his wit was taking me but then the next minute I was completely gob-smacked by the sudden shift in emotions. My heart felt pulled from joy to shattering heartbreak. M. Jonathan Lee has written a very honest, witty, poignant story about life in it’s real raw state. No sugar coating and no special filters to prettify the image laid out across the pages.
Drift Stumble Fall is about one man Richard, a husband and father of two young children, who is having abit of a midlife crisis. The endless routine of life is getting to him and he wants to escape. Looking out of his window and into his neighbour’s house, an elderly couple, who he believes have such an idyllic peaceful existence, he dreams of swapping places with them. It’s an almost enviable emotion he is feeling.
The story takes on a seven day journey of enlightenment for Richard. He’s planning in his mind his escape route and as each day goes by his family are non the wiser and the routine of life continues to flow around him. Across the road at his neighbours life has stood still for over 30 years since an event that left a crack in their family, a crack that has never been healed. Their life has felt like it has been frozen waiting for the crack to heal or for it to completely shatter.
We all drift through life and stumble and fall at unplanned hurdles but it’s the getting back up that is the crucial factor. What we see through our windows into other people’s lives is not the true realisation of what we decipher. We all live in our own bubble, each hoping to be in a brighter one but what we don’t always appreciate is that the brightness of our own bubble is there already.
Captivating, honest and very poignant.
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Love the cover. Ill have to get this one.