Sep 15, 2014

Guest Post: Sheryl Browne's Books & Birthdays

 Poignant, yet humorous – or as another reviewer put it fiction that “deals with loss & betrayal in manner that lifts it far above average chick lit”, Learning to Love is truly written from the heart.

Thank you so much for having me on your beautiful site to share a little about books and birthdays, Lavender.
So, this year for Valentine’s Day, which also happens to be the day before my birthday, I had a lovely present from my publisher. My book, Learning to Love, came out in print. Dealing with extreme emotions, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry. To quote a couple of reviews:
“Tissue box at the ready. Goes on my Top reads for 2013!”
“Learning to Love is fast paced and engaging. Not only does the romance sizzle but we see family life in all its shades of grey sprinkled with humour and sadness … and there is an element of suspense and fear. What a combination!”
Thank you, Dizzy Little C’s Book Blog & Jera’s Jamboree

A little about the story behind the story: Learning to Love started life as a short - the theme of which was bereavement in childhood, which was accepted by the Birmingham City University to be published in their Anthology, Paper and Ink.
Not an easy subject to tackle some might say.  My reasons for doing so were feelings around loss in my own life. Featuring a widowed father and his son, Learning to Love looks at the loss of a parent in childhood and how a child dealing with such a tragedy might be encouraged to grieve. Life events had fuelled the emotion. Research, talking to children who had suffered in such a way and to the surviving spouse, provided the story I felt I needed to tell. What struck me above all was the coping mechanism devised by one lone parent. He called it The Memory Box: A simple shoebox, stuffed full of photographs of the child’s mother along with other personal trinkets that would remind him of her. Importantly, remind him of the good times, the positive things his mother brought to his life, the times they laughed together. It was easy to see how humour plays a great part in the healing process. I called my short The Memory Box, in honour of that father and his little boy. 


Learning to Love
Explores the Fragility of Love, Life, and Relationships ~
~ and the sometimes tenuous bonds that hold people together. Widower, Dr David Adams, has recently moved to the village – where no one knows him, ergo there’s no fuel for neighbourhood gossip – to start afresh with is ten year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. Angry and withdrawn, Jake blames his dad for the death of his mother, and David doesn’t know how to reach him.
Andrea Kelly has too many balls in the air. With three children and a “nuts” mother to care for, her fiancĂ© can’t fathom why she wants to throw something else into the mix and change her career. Surely she already has too much on her plate? Because her plates are skew-whiff and her balls are dropping off all over the place, Andrea points out. She needs to make changes. Still her fiancĂ©, who has a hidden agenda, is dead-set against it. When Andrea’s house burns mysteriously to the ground and Andrea and her entourage are forced to move in with the enigmatic Dr Adams, however, the village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out someone does know him - the woman carrying his baby.

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Sheryl is a Loveahappyending Lifestyle Author and Feature Editor.  Twitter: @sherylbrowne

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