Monday 30 September 2013

Honeysuckle and Jasmine - Liz Grace Davis

I am delighted to showcase a new novel by Liz Grace Davis, Honeysuckle and Jasmine which is released today and is partly inspired by true events. 

Isn’t the cover beautiful?

The past is never far behind.

Senia Loato’s life has been needled by disappointment, and the wounds that fester go beyond skin deep. She is certain if she puts miles between her and her tainted past, she will somehow outrun it. When she’s offered the chance to leave her island home of Mintang to become an au pair for three boys in Germany, she takes the opportunity to start running.

In Germany, she meets Miina, another African au pair. What builds between them is a life-defining friendship, one they will risk everything for.

Here is an excerpt:

Back in my newly renovated basement apartment, I drew a deep, shaky breath, then lifted the box I'd left on the bed earlier. I carried it to the outside rubbish bin and returned empty-handed. Now all I had to do was shake off what was left of my emotional baggage.
Easier said than done, I mused. Why wouldn't it be? For years I'd felt like a piece of clothing that had been ripped open at the seams, without a seam ripper to lessen the damage. Then unravelled until all that remained were pieces that had once belonged to something whole.
That didn't matter now. I should be thankful that the fabric was still intact, the individual pieces just waiting to be sewn back together, stitch by stitch.
If there was something I knew how to do, sewing would be it. Sure, at times I'd probably veer from sewing in a straight line or mistakenly jab a finger with the needle. Fine. I'd just start over, next time with the help of a thimble.

And a short review by me:

This is a novel with a gentle, but determined main character, Senia, who has to overcome many obstacles before she can move forward with her life. It is a novel about friendship, love and sacrifice. I found myself caught up in Miina’s story too and I loved the description of Senia’s life in Africa, both the place and the events which formed her character. An enjoyable read. 

About Liz:

Liz Grace Davis grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, and Germany. She now lives with her husband and daughter in Vienna, Austria.

Her travels offered her the opportunity to gather interesting material, from both her own experiences and those of others. She is a firm believer that memories, both good and bad, are worth cherishing because they lead us to be the people we are today.

You can visit Liz at her website.

Find her Facebook Page here.

Liz has a Goodreads Author Page.

And a blog Novel Moments.

Liz is also on Twitter.

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  1. Yes, lovely cover - and title. Sounds like the rest might be quite good too.

  2. Than you, Teresa - I am always on the lookout for a good read.

  3. This sounds an enjoyable book, Teresa. Thank you for showcasing it. I hadn't previously come across this author. I love the cover too! x

  4. Thank you, Teresa. Honeysuckle And Jasmine looks lovely and also a very good read. x

  5. She sounds great. It was tough that a bad teacher set her back, but she is clearly a "real" writer and bounced back and her success is all the more inspiring!