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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Today, 14th February 2013 is the launch day for A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne. Yay!
Celia loves her job working with elderly ‘independents’ in The Harbour Rest Home teaching art and keeping the residents upbeat with her caring attitude and respect for the fact that they still have a lot to offer society. They care about her too. From the Colonel, who could only be described as Captain Mainwaring from Dad’s Army Series who has his eye on one of the ladies of The Harbour Rest, to Eleanor who is as extravagant and eccentric as they come. She is bossy and opinionated to hide a past of secrets and heartache. Then there is lovely little May who gives the impression of being a bit dotty but who is in fact a clever and astute lady. As much as Celia loves her job, her partner Martin doesn’t see it as being important at all and has little respect for the wonderful work that Celia does. As far as he is concerned elderly means worthless!
Celia’s life takes a complicated turn with the arrival of a wrongly posted letter, a prince charming in a uniform called Alex, who is ready and very willing to rescue her and the imminent closure of The Harbour Rest Home. What will Celia, cuddly mother of two, be able to do to save her ‘elderly independents’ from being separated? Can Martin be trusted? Can Alex be trusted? Can her heart be trusted? Can she be trusted to survive a charity abseil?
To say I loved this book is a complete understatement. I instantly fell in love with the characters and had such a soft spot for them all! They were funny, kind, heart-warming and eccentric and one would have to have a heart of stone not to feel affection for them. This, for me, is the sign of a good book. One that makes you care about the characters. This book had me laughing so hard at the antics of the elderly characters and Sheryl Browne has painted a picture of high-spirited people who are not limited by their advancing years. The comedic element to the book is in typical Sheryl Browne style and she has such a talent for putting her characters in hilarious situations. The other characters in the book are equally interesting and funny. Characters such as Celia’s son Luke is another I particularly warmed to. And, as for Alex, the dishy officer of the law………..well he made me a little hot and bothered! Another ohhh laaaa laaa character for me!
Sheryl Browne has created a feisty character in Celia. A woman who is full of determination and bravery. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right. She has a good heart despite being a little bit ditzy at times. This book is a lovely romantic comedy that I simply could not put down. It has a few twists and turns throughout that totally surprise the reader and the plot is fantastic, leaving you desperate to find out more. There’s a few shocks along the way too! Another hit for Sheryl Browne. If you’ve never read any of her books I suggest you do so right away. You will not be disappointed!BUY LINKS: