What they say:
“It used to make me feel special, the fact that they knew me, knew what I wanted, but it had soured with repetition. I’d become my drink order – that’s what it felt like. But it was okay. People watching in this place made me feel part of the world, got me away from the house for a few hours. And it was here she came back to me. I hadn’t seen her for three decades and suddenly there she was, standing next to my table.
Another Shot tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop thirty-five years after the end of their teenage romance. Jo-Jo finds Freddie through a mutual friend, and tells him that she is emigrating following the death of her husband. She gives him a photograph of the two of them on their first weekend away, a trip to Blackpool.
How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart is all told through a series of flashbacks. These memories feed into events when they meet up again and explain why, despite the passage of time and the intensity of their still simmering love, there is no future for their relationship
The Review: I have to admit that I worried about reading this, as romance with a literary tinge doesn’t bode well for me-I normally feel like I’m not getting the bigger picture, and am missing something but here, I needn’t have worried. This is the story of Freddie and Jojo and their love and their subsequent estrangement from each other. So we jump about a bit from present day to a time they are in love. The romance, the love, was done brilliantly, I really felt their need for each other. I also loved the vividness of me being transported to a more easy-going, heady time, around about the 70s and 80s and wished my dad were about for a read. In these sorts of stories you shouldn’t pick sides and yet I always (always!) do. I felt at time for Jo-Jo, but more often than not I found myself asking whether he really needed her. I read this book in an afternoon and beyond look forward to the next. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of the blog tour and for the book in return for an honest review.
I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.
Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment.
Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.
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