Mavis and Dot
by Angela Petch
Mavis and Dot
A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.
All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.
Meet the newest odd couple on the block – or at least in Worthington-on-Sea! Mavis and Dot have both recently moved to the area, and when a Bridge game goes awry they head off to find a new place to “hang out” over tea and cake. The two are polar opposite in appearance, yet find they share a good rummage in a charity shop. While they have wildly different tastes – Dot is quite dowdy and practical, while Mavis is bolder and more flamboyant. Their “discoveries” prove the old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
As they get to know each other better, they both clearly have a lot of heartache weighing them down. Of the two women, I much prefer Dot as a character – yes, she is stuffy, and yes, she harps on about her days in Africa and drinks Lapsang Souchong, yet for me, she is the one with the biggest heart. She is so welcoming to the couple she finds in the beach-house, and takes on their problems as if they are her own. Her own history is heart-breakingly sad. Mavis, in my eyes, is more shallow and selfish, but then again she is looking to make up for a life lived in the shadows – she has a Cinderella-type backstory, and is now looking for love in every encounter with every man she meets. (Personally, I couldn’t forgive her for neglecting Dot’s dog when suffering from a hangover from hell – but that says more about me than her 😉 )
Their antics are unconventional and original, and definitely unexpected. There’s a lot of humour here, that works well with the tragedies both have endured. That their unlikely friendship survives is testament to the layers of their personality that the author shares with us. They captivate, bewilder, overwhelm and amaze. A fun read.
3.5 stars from me, rounded up to 4 on Goodreads.
About the Author
A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.
In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.
“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.
Other books by this author
“Tuscan Roots” (to be reissued by Bookouture in 2019)
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