Fiction

Mavis and Dot

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About the Book

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.

What I thought

I bought this book on the back of two other books I’d recently read whose central characters were ladies well into retirement.  They both really appealed to me in their own ways so I thought I would enjoy this one just as much.

It’s difficult to write a critical review as everyone else who has reviewed it on Amazon loved it and also it was written in memory of a friend of the author who sadly died from Ovarian Cancer.  All proceeds from the sale of the book are to be donated to cancer research.

I didn’t dislike the book, I just didn’t enjoy it quite so much as the previous two books I’d read, I suppose I was a little disappointed because I’d only heard rave reviews about this and anticipated a good read.  It was OK and did have some funny moments as well as Dot’s story from when she was a very young woman – I found that to be the most compelling part of the book and found it very touching and sad.

AS the blurb mentions this is a book about Mavis and Dot, two retired ladies who had both recently moved into the seaside town of Worthington-on-Sea.  After meeting at a disastrous bridge club they became friends with a love of rummaging through charity shops as a shared pastime.  They were as different as chalk and cheese yet managed to rub along most of the time.  I really liked Dot, she was a feisty lady who was never afraid to speak her mind, though at times she could be a little abrupt if not down right abrasive.  Mavis on the other hand, I thought, had never really grown up.  It was her silliness, her unbelievable dress sense and her habit of getting words completely wrong that started to grate on me, I just never really warmed to Mavis, though her heart was always in the right place.

Unfortunately for me more of the story revolved around Mavis than Dot and I think if we’d heard more about Dot and her life up to retirement I might have enjoyed the book more.  But we’re all different, each to our own and just because I wasn’t that keen on the book doesn’t mean others won’t love it and think Mavis is a joy.

Mavis and Dot weren’t the only characters in the book though and the other assortment of characters added to the fun and enjoyment of the story.

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