The Summer of Going Topless written and self-published by Liz Davies is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Candice Summerville is invisible. No one seems to notice her – not really. Heck, she often doesn’t notice herself, except for her monthly scrutiny in the mirror to check on her body’s steady slide towards middle age.
But when her ancient, practical estate car is consigned to the scrap heap, Candice falls in love with a cute, purple convertible, and from that moment on her life begins to take on a whole new meaning. Strangers wave at her and people stop to talk, and suddenly she isn’t invisible any longer.
Life seems to be looking up, especially when she meets silver fox and handy-man, Paul. There’s just one fly in the ointment, one thing she that has her second-guessing herself.
Is it the car that Paul sees – or is it her?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Liz Davies debut novel: The Summer of Going Topless.
Ohh I loved the play on words with the title of this novel. You read the title and think ‘Oh la, la, what’s all this fruitiness with this story’?! Well you’ll have to read the book and find out. However, I can confirm there’s no fruity storyline at all but a fabulously funny, very relatable story about life starting again when you thought you were doomed for the boredom bin.
Candice Summerville was feeling a little ‘blah’; her two boys had now grown up and flown the nest living life to the full and no longer needing their mother and her husband Malcolm fled the nest also and landed in another many years ago. But why was Candice still wearing the same old clothes and sporting the same haircut that Malcolm preferred? When Candice’s faithful car, which was a nice sensible family car purchased by her ex, breaks down and is destined for the scrap yard Candice’s eye is taken by a purple convertible sports car. A car that is not sensible at all but once Candice sits in the driver’s seat with the soft-top down, the wind in her hair she starts to feel enlightened and frivolous, like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders.
This purple car seems to be the catalyst of changes in Candice’s life as she starts to reassess what she wants in life. Candice believes that all the positive changes that have come her way have been down to the car but deep down it was Candice that made the decisions and the car was the first step to bringing back a renewed confidence in Candice.
The Summer of Going Topless is such a fun, entertaining read that charmed me, I fell in love with the little purple car but most of all I fell in love with Candice.
About the Author
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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