Winters Day by DM Wolfenden will make you laugh, cry, pull your hair out in frustration and make you want to punch the living daylights out of her antagonist. It will engage you with its humour – I dare you to not laugh out loud – and it will bring a lump to your throat with its gritty realism.
Set in modern-day, suburban Britain, these characters have depth, substance and believability. This is not a story – this is a drama and any of us might experience such issues. The author brings her characters to life with wit, heart-felt friendship and an empathy from which it’s impossible to detach.
Jolie Winters has led a troubled life thus far, seeing her mother murdered at the hands of an abusive step-father only then to watch her uncle go to prison for saving her from that monster. Past relationships have seen her drawn to sadistic partners, causing her more mental stress. Her friend and cousin, Debbie, is her saviour and takes it upon herself to find Jolie the love she craves – although Debbie’s choices are not exactly ‘boyfriend’ material and the blind dates she arranges supply much of the humour in this tale.
Jolie is devastated when a life-threatening illness threatens a beloved family member. All her vulnerabilities are exposed, and waiting in the wings is someone ready to take advantage of her again. What will it take for her to realise that this creep is using her – and not for the first time. Even Spencer, her goldfish seems to be dropping huge hints for her to get away from this twisted bloke.
The outcome will surprise you – and I’m not going to spoil it for you. Suffice to say, you should read this if you love real people, real banter and real issues. This is by no means a fairy tale, but will Jolie find her own Happy Ever After?
Available on Amazon from Jan 5th or from other stores now.
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You won’t regret it.