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The Miseducation of Evie Epworth written by Matson Taylor, publisher Scribner UK (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) is available NOW to pre-order ready for publication on the 23rd July 2020.  The book will be available in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

July, 1962

Sixteen year-old Evie Epworth stands on the cusp of womanhood. But what kind of a woman will she become?

The fastest milk bottle-delivery girl in East Yorkshire, Evie is tall as a tree and hot as the desert sand. She dreams of an independent life lived under the bright lights of London (or Leeds). The two posters of Adam Faith on her bedroom wall (‘brooding Adam’ and ‘sophisticated Adam’) offer wise counsel about a future beyond rural East Yorkshire. Her role models are Charlotte Bronte, Shirley MacLaine and the Queen. But, before she can decide on a career, she must first deal with the malign presence of her future step-mother, the manipulative and money-grubbing Christine.

If Evie can rescue her bereaved father, Arthur, from Christine’s pink and over-perfumed clutches, and save the farmhouse from being sold off then maybe she can move on with her own life and finally work out exactly who it is she is meant to be.

Moving, inventive and richly comic, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is the most joyful debut novel of the year and the best thing to have come out of Yorkshire since Wensleydale cheese.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://amzn.to/2A5isDB

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Matson Taylor’s debut novel: The Miseducation of Evie Epworth.

I really do enjoy discovering and supporting new authors and when I heard about this one from Yorkshire born Matson Taylor I knew I wanted to learn more.  Matson Taylor has written a bloomin’ brilliant debut novel that fizzes with nostalgia, full of laugh out loud scenes, it was poignant and oozed with Yorkshire charm.

What I liked most about the story was the wonderful blend of characters.  There is a whole host of charming, quirky, joyous personalities that are part of Evie’s life and within the next few months they soon change the course of her future.  I adored the lead, a young girl called Evie aged 16 1/2 who is anxious for the next steps in her life and ponders what sort of woman she will become.  Evie knew her own mind but was finding many obstacles in her way, one of them being her dad’s new lady friend, Christine.  Christine who has quickly become a permanent fixture in the lovely farmhouse Evie and Arthur live in.  Evie did not like Christine and Christine did not like anyone getting in the way of her becoming the new limelight in Arthur’s eyes.  Evie had to get rid of Christine once and for all and the help she receives from those around her leaves her with a heart full of love and encouragement.

There is so much I could say about this book but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.  Matson Taylor writes with such warmth and humour, it’s very honest and frank and you can easily picture the hilarious scenes spelled out in front of you.  Amongst the hilarity is a wonderful heart-warming story that takes you on a trip down memory lane as we discover more about Arthur and his life before Evie.  There’s plenty of twists in the tale that I couldn’t foresee that left me dazed with emotion.  A humorous story full of wit and warmth with added poignancy.  I look forward to what lies ahead for debut novelist, Matson Taylor.

About the Author

Evie Epworth Matson Taylor Author PicMatson Taylor grew up in Yorkshire but now lives in London. He is a design historian and academic writing tutor and has worked at various universities and museums around the world; he currently teaches at the V&A, Imperial College, and the RCA. He has also worked on Camden Market, appeared in an Italian TV commercial, and been a pronunciation coach for Catalan opera singers.

Visit the author website here: matsontaylor.com and follow on Twitter at @matson_taylor_

Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt book review

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Devastation Road written by Jason Hewitt, publisher Scribner UK (an imprint of Simon and Schuster UK), is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Devastation-Road-Jason-Hewitt/dp/147112746X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Spring, 1945: A man wakes in a field in a country he does not know. Injured and confused, he pulls himself to his feet and starts to walk, and so sets out on an extraordinary journey in search of his home, his past and himself.

His name is Owen. A war he has only a vague memory of joining is in its dying days, and as he tries to get back to England he becomes caught up in the flood of refugees pouring through Europe. Among them is a teenage boy, Janek, and together they form an unlikely alliance as they cross battle-worn Germany. When they meet a troubled young woman, tempers flare and scars are revealed as Owen gathers up the shattered pieces of his life. No one is as he remembers, not even himself – how can he truly return home when he hardly recalls what home is?

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I’d like to thank the author and his publishers for an arc in return for a review.  This book is quite different to my usual genre of women’s contemporary fiction and romance however, I’ve read a few wartime sagas that have transported me to an era that changed the world we live in now and have been fascinated.  Nonetheless, I do feel this story held some similarities to my usual genre as it was a story of how people, from all walks of life, react with each other during a traumatic time.  Their reactions of love, of hate, of respect and honour, of kindness, of survival, of fear of the unknown and of fear visibly seen before their eyes.

The story starts in 1945 with a man, Owen, waking up bewildered in a field.  He’s battered, bruised and bloody.  He doesn’t recognise his whereabouts and can’t recall how he got there.  Bit by bit his memory vaguely recalls something or he finds something he believes maybe of some significance.  He has to write it down to help him remember but also to make it feel more real.  He feels like he is losing his mind, as if he’s in a ‘groundhog day’.  He knows he has to get back to England as he’s figured out he’s far from home.  Along his journey amongst the mass of refugees, with barely anything to call their own, he befriends two battle scarred lost souls; a young man called Janek and a young mum, Irena, with her baby.  They form an unlikely comradeship across a war torn Germany, seeking help, refuge, their lost family and a way to get home.

This was a very poignant, engaging read that throws no punches and shows the raw side of people trying to survive a war that has shaken the world to it’s core.  Jason Hewitt manages to open your eyes and feel the hidden sights and sounds in a landscape torn apart.  Such a horrific time for all but humanity remained and the tender, heartrending moments felt more intense.  This is a story that I won’t forget in a long time.  5/5*

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