Today on my blog I have the pleasure of sharing my review from one of the gems that the amazing publisher Louise Walters has brought to life through her skills and hard work . One of only twelve books she has nurtured and helped the authors to achieve the goal of getting their books published. Having read other books she has published I knew there would be a treat waiting for me and there was. Once you have read my review for this book I highly recommend that you not only buy it but check go out other books that Louise has on her website.
It was Woman’s Hour who suggested I keep a diary. They said it was good for mental health, and I must say I did feel much less frazzled after writing everything down yesterday. The frustrations were all still there, but somehow smoothed out – as if by a really good steam iron.”
Mrs Narwhal is overwhelmed. Her husband, Hugh, is unkind and unhappy – working every hour at a job he hates to save the ancestral home he never wanted. Then there’s Hugh’s sister, Rose, who’s spurned her one true love, and ricochets from crisis to crisis; and not to mention two small boys to bring up safely in a house that could crumble around their ears at any moment…
When Hugh’s pride receives a fatal blow, and he walks out, Mrs Narwhal is plunged into a crisis of both heart and home. With help from Rose she sets out to save the house her husband couldn’t. But can she save her marriage? And does she really want Hugh back?
Funny, charming, and moving, Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is an irresistible story which will enchant and delight its readers.
Mrs Narwhal is a woman on the edge, she is juggling keeping her family happy, a home over their head and with a husband who seems to want to bury his head in the sand. Writing her thoughts down seems to give her a release for all the frustrations she is feeling and for her to help put things into some sort of order. The home she shares with Hugh has been in the family for many generations but time has proven a bad bedfellow for it and its crumbling around them. How on earth can she keep it viable with little or no income and does she even want to. Her sister in law Rose is going through her own issues but helping Mrs Narwhal with her home has given her a new purpose.
What a wonderfully enjoyable way to spend a wet afternoon being a spectator to the life of the Narwhal family. The book just ambled along through the life and tribulations that Mrs Narwhal faced as her life seemed to take a huge nose dive. Yet she came out fighting to a certain extent and wont allow it all to swamp her. Mrs Narwhal is a ferocious, indomitable character and no matter what life is throwing at her she seems to come in to her own as events threaten to overtake her. The book seemed to me to be a more grown up version of the Bridget Jones style of books. It’s funny, easy reading and full of snippets of joy at the small things that fill everyone’s day. The sitting out at night watching the stars, rolling your kids in a barrel and standing up for what you feel is best for those you love. Life might throw up a lot of issues but coming through them can make you stronger in yourself and in the life you share with others. Should you be doubting that then this book will help reaffirm your belief that even on the darkest days the sun will shine once again.
My thanks to Emma Welton for having me on the blog tour and to Louise Walters for bringing the book to us the readers.
STAR RATING 5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S J Norbury lives in Herefordshire with her family. Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is her first novel.
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