Love FifteenTitle: Love Fifteen

Author: Peter Nichols

Pages: 200 Pages

Publisher: Troubador Publishing

The Blurb

A bittersweet comedy about an adolescent boy’s affair with a 30-year-old woman that is set in Bristol during World War II.

Theodore Light is a young boy with rich ambition who reaches the tender age of fifteen in 1940. He’s looking forward to being sent to Canada to avoid the blitzes on his home town, Bristol. His childhood dream is to direct Hollywood films, but for now the closest he can get to them is seeing them in a cinema. Being underage, however, makes his dream near impossible – until he meets an older woman that takes a shine to him…

Page-turning drama unfolds when Theodore bunks off from school and stumbles upon a stunning older woman, Mrs Hampton, who offers to accompany him to see a film. During an air raid, Mrs. Hampton offers her flat as shelter, where their relationship intensifies and fondness for each other matures.

This is the story of their taboo affair, played out against a wartime background, as Theodore continues to dream of Hollywood fame and glory.

Love Fifteen is a captivating combination of whirlwind romance and wartime adventure that will be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction and domestic comedy. Author Peter has been inspired by acting and film production which took a prominent role in his life from a young age.

The Review

Oh dear.

I really didn’t like Love Fifteen. I’m sorry. I found this story to be an extremely tedious read. The overall plot had so much potential: Suburban Britain during the war, a young boy on the verge of manhood is shown the ways of love by a lusty older woman. So far, so good. Throw in a dysfunctional family; a mother who is having romantic dalliances whilst her husband is away for weeks on end and a golden child sister whose crown is destined to fall off sooner or later.

See this is a good plot. The writing was not. Reading Love Fifteen felt like swimming through hummus.

This really wasn’t the book for me.

Love Fifteen by Peter Nichols is available now.

For more information regarding Troubador Publishing (@matadorbooks) please visit www.troubador.co.uk.

1 star

Facing the MusicTitle: Facing the Music

Author: Tim Thorogood

Pages: 206 Pages

Publisher: Troubador Publishing

The Blurb

As Gary struggles to pull his family together, a visit to Glastonbury festival changes their lives forever.

Gary is a single parent who is desperate to cling onto his children, but he’s hiding a secret that starts to force them apart. He made a pledge and he intends to keep it – but the festival has a way of exposing the truth, and Gary is no longer master of his own fate…

Plunge into the depths of the Glastonbury Festival and explore it with the central character, Gary Cochrane, whose rebellious teenage children take the chance to break free from his control and assert their independence. Soak up the atmosphere, absorb the energy and experience the rain, the mud and the toilets in the world’s largest green field music festival.

“Gary felt elated, and free of all commitment or responsibility. He has no idea if it was one or two or three in the morning. It didn’t matter: he was dynamic, powerful and in control.”

In his novel, Tim Thorogood explores this iconic festival by painting fictional characters and events onto an authentic backdrop, drawn from his own personal experience. “I’ve tried to make the descriptions as real as possible,” says Tim Thorogood, “so that readers can experience the festival for themselves. I want them to feel as though they’ve actually been there! I’ve been going to Glastonbury for years and this novel is my way of sharing the adventure with others.”

Tim Thorogood plans to donate half of all profits to the three charities that Glastonbury currently supports – Greenpeace, Water Aid and Oxfam.

The Review

I initially requested Facing the Music from NetGalley because I love festivals. For the past few years I have not really been able to attend any due to ill health so I thought maybe I would be able to live vicariously through Tim Thorogood. That is what literature is all about, isn’t it?

I was expecting unexpected tales from festival fields. You know the kind: crazy hijinx, meeting randomers and eating a full roast in a giant Yorkshire pudding. I wasn’t expecting the story of a widower, a single parent who is struggling to come to terms with his wife’s death as well as raise two teenagers. The trip to Glastonbury was meant to be a healing exercise but instead quickly turns into another nightmare.

If I told you that I loved Facing the Music I would be lying. At times it felt a little too heavy and for someone who saw festivals as a form of escapism Facing the Music was just a little too heavy. It was an interesting story and I did not see some of the plot twists happening but overall I wasn’t enamoured with the story.

Facing the Music by Tim Thorogood is available now.

For more information regarding Tim Thorogood (@Tim_Thorogood) and Troubador Publishing (@matadorbooks) please visit www.troubador.co.uk.

2 Stars