Mavis and Dot: Frolics, foibles and friendships by the seaside Paperback – November 9, 2018
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- Publisher : Chichester Publishing (November 9, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 230 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1999864441
- ISBN-13 : 978-1999864446
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches
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There is so much delightful detail in the unlikely relationship between these two women, both with stories to tell, deeds to be done, and adventures to be had. The author takes you on an odyssey of oddballs, outrageous incidents and moments of deep poignancy that will stay with you long after the final page. Buy this book, not only because all proceeds go to finding a cure for cancer, but simply because it is a sparkling pearl of a read. And I absolutely demand a sequel …
Additionally, Ms. Petch 's Tuscan family adventures is a must read and I hope she continues to write of her family 's history. She is an outstanding writer of all genre's and I hope Amazon will offer more of her books to their readers.
My compliments to artist Gill Kaye for the brilliant cover art. It suits the characters perfectly.
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I like to think of myself as a moderately colourful retired lady, but I have many miles to travel before hoping to catch up with Mavis. I warmed to her immediately, as she worked through her alphabetical bucket list of activities (with a slight detour for “agoraphobics”…), and I just loved her unique personal style. There’s a naivety and vulnerability about her that really touches your heart – with flashes of (often alcohol-inspired) bravery that have you cheering her on, always laughing with her rather than at her. Her malapropisms – not in the least overdone – might just add to your future vocabulary as they have mine. Dot is initially less easy to like – but once we see the sadness of her past it’s so very touching to watch her brittleness crumble as her heart melts, and she allows herself to feel love for others.
The settings are wonderful – Worthington-on-Sea and the neighbouring towns vividly drawn, with the most wonderful detail around the run-down shopping centres and the all-pervading aroma of fish and chips, and I just loved Humphrey’s beach hut and the role it played in the story. The Italian excursion too – think Coach Trip on tv, then multiply the eccentricity and bad behaviour of the holiday makers by several times. Again, the vivid detail is quite astounding – the “Italian” waiter, the attempts at the language, the little incidents real, shocking, touching and very, very funny.
This is a perfect Christmas read too – and not just because of the timing of its ending and the touch of “snow” (which brought a tear to my eye), or the Christmas dinner gathering that I’d have so loved to be part of. This book is a perfect reminder of the power of friendship – and a wonderful celebration that however advanced in years you may be, there can be so many opportunities for sheer and unbounded joy.
There’s Mavis, a saucy minx with a love of bling and gaudy clothes; she isn’t going to let advancing years and an increasing waistline stand in her way. She’s determined to make her way alphabetically through all the delights life has to offer, and if L stands for Latin Lover and N for nude modelling, bring it on.
Then there’s the dispossessed Dot, with her love of animals and Africa, nursing a tragic secret. She extends both understanding and practical help to another uprooted family, all the while tutting with appalled delight at the antics of her flamboyant friend.
Heart-warming, at times laugh-out-loud funny, at times almost unbearably poignant, ‘Mavis and Dot’ is a book to be cherished, and read again and again.
Mavis and Dot are quite different in personalities which I think makes their friendship even more lovely to read. It was quite sad I have to say that both of the ladies have found themselves quite alone in the world with not much in the way of family and friends. I was actually glad that a chance meeting gets them both together.
There is a whole array of wonderful characters, even the dog makes such an impression on the reader. In a way it has made me look forward to getting older. The shopping trips and cake and tea in cafe’s. Not to mention the fish and chips! It made me realise that instead of worrying about getting older, there is so much more to look forward to.
I loved that we get transported to Tuscany as well as the sea side. Both places that would be great to go to. That’s another thing that’s great about being retired, being able to do anything at the drop of a hat. I think both ladies bring so much to the story and I loved finding out a bit more about them and their past.
Mavis And Dot, I hope is just the first in many adventures for this fabulous duo. It is a heart warming read that will really make you value your family and friends. I think Mavis and Dot between them can really teach us a lot about how we treat people in this world. An endearing and entertaining read. Really enjoyed it.