Martinis & Memories written by A. L. Michael, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.
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Product Details (as per amazon page)
Bel Hailstone has spent the past decade building her dream – Soho’s best burlesque club – from the ground up. But now The Martini Club is under threat and it will take everything in Bel’s power to resist encroaching developers and save her pride and joy.
Amidst the chaos Bel’s past comes knocking with the unexpected arrivals of her still-not-quite-ex-husband, her estranged mother and Brodie Porter – the boy who got away all those years ago.
To keep her beloved club afloat – not to mention her sanity – Bel will have to accept help for the first time in a long time, put the past to rest and claim the happy ever after she once thought was lost for good.
If you loved Martinis and Memories, why not read the first two stories in The Martini Club series? Cocktails and Dreams & Prosecco and Promises are both available now!
The Martini Club
Cocktails and Dreams
Prosecco and Promises
Martinis and Memories
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting book 3 in The Martini Club series by A. L. Michael. Today, I have a great post from the author to share with you:
Searching for fathers in The Martini Club
The title is misleading – we’re not looking for parents in a London burlesque club (although as Bel will tell you, all are welcome) but in thinking about what ties my books together, there’s a focus on parental relationships.
Mothers and daughters are complicated, sure, but in these books the fathers each have a role to play too.
In Cocktails and Dreams, Savvy’s dad was a glorious surprise, someone she had never known and who saught her out in her teen years after he found out she existed. Their relationship over the next ten years was about becoming close and finding a bond that was solely theirs, having survived life with her tempestuous (but brilliant) mother. They were a team, and Savvy’s dad is a sweet, kind man who’d do anything for the daughter he’s so grateful to have.
Mia’s relationship with her father is different – a proud man, it pains him to let his daughter witness as he finally loses out to cancer. He’s had a good life, fought for a long time, and even bagged a beautiful young wife in the process, but it’s the fact that his daughter put her life on hold due to his sickness that torments him.
So he sends her away at the end, desperate to remain strong and alive in her memories.
For Mia, it’s a hard thing to love and hate someone at the same time, fearful of losing them, angry at being sent away, scared to be alone. Her father raised her after her mother died, and apart from a young stepmother who drives her crazy, she’s always trusted in his decisions. She honours his choice to send her away and not return until after he’s died, but it’s incredibly difficult and she’s hard to be around. Mia secretly thinks she’s unloveable, and without her father to convince her otherwise, she fears she’ll always be lost and alone.
Bel’s story is different again – she doesn’t have a father. Her mother never mentioned him, and refused to answer any questions. To her, it’s clear the man never wanted her, or was never told. Or perhaps, he was just a bad guy. Her mother is a nightmare, and she couldn’t imagine anyone putting up with that, even for a daughter.
Instead, Bel creates an imaginary father when she’s a kid. She imagines a Johnny Cash character with a guitar coming to take her away to a better life. When she finds Sam, it’s like he’s the father figure she’s always dreamt of, and he helps her get out of the job, relationship and situation that has dragged her down for the last couple of years, and helps her believe in herself enough to chase her dream – a burlesque club. Sam has always been there, supportive and caring, one of the few people she feels she can be herself with. It’s just that when Bel’s mum turns up and meets Sam, she thinks he’s pretty perfect too.
The Martini Club series is about figuring out who you are and what you want to do, especially for women at the end of their twenties or beginning their thirties. You look at what society wants from you and how everyone else defines success and you try to figure out what will make you happy. In each book, looking back to their families, giving people a second chance and allowing for a little vulnerability sets these women on the path they need.
Thank you so much for joining me on my blog today, I look forward to reading Martinis & Memories.
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