#PublicationDay #Review ~ The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 1 by Audrey Davis @audbyname @rararesources

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One:

Some people just won’t take death lying down … ! (NB: cliffhanger ending).

Part one of a fun-filled trilogy about life, death and letting go.

Hattie Hastings is happily married, even if husband Gary drives her up the wall at times. When tragedy strikes, she is left alone and heartbroken, with only an assortment of family and friends to prop her up.

Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate times.

Hattie can’t convince anyone that Gary has returned. Not even best friend Cat – now free from the cruel and controlling Stewart – will believe her.

Why has Gary returned? And what will Cat do when her slimy ex-husband tries to worm his way back into her affections?

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings will make you laugh, cry and count down until Part Two …

Purchase from  Amazon UK

About the Author

Scottish-born Audrey studied journalism in Edinburgh more decades ago than she cares to admit. She cut her writing teeth on provincial newspapers (using a typewriter) and a London-based video magazine (another sign of her advanced years).

Engagement to her now-husband Bill took them to Singapore, Australia and Buckinghamshire, England, before they settled in Switzerland in 2002. Along the way they had two boys, both all grown-up and living in the UK.

Her journey to becoming a published author began with an online Writing Fiction course. It took well over a year but, in June 2017, Audrey published her debut romantic comedy novel, A Clean Sweep. It was quickly followed by a shorter and darker prequel, A Clean Break.

The idea for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings came from nowhere, just a random title that popped into her head and from there grew into Part One of a trilogy. It comes under the same genre, but has some poignant scenes and – hopefully – lots of laughs! Audrey admits to being a worrier, and has always used humour as a defence mechanism, as her friends will attest.

When Audrey isn’t writing, she loves shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Strictly Come Dancing (a strange mix, she knows). Her interests include cooking (and eating pretty much anything apart from oysters), travelling and going to the gym. OK, the last one is mainly to compensate for her passion for food!

Audrey would describe herself as a ‘pantser’ rather than a ‘planner’, preferring to run where a story takes her and scribble copious notes along the way. She’d love to write a page-turning thriller, but fears her natural tendency to see the comic side of life might be an obstacle.

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My Review

I’m always a little dubious about books with certain titles and content due to my current health situation but the blurb sells this as a light-hearted story. 

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings is quite well written with a definite slant towards humour. There are some great one-liners to raise a smile. It’s only a short novella so can be read in one sitting, beware it does end on a BIG cliff hanger with two further parts to come.

The characters are fairly realistic in the circumstances, son Johnny had to be my favourite, anyone who has experienced a teenager in the house will relate! 

Hattie and Cat have that brilliant friendship that only years of knowing each other can bring .. so when Hattie is ‘visited’ by her dead hubby will Cat believe her or think she has gone totally crazy!?

Be prepared to alternate between tears of joy or sadness .. a cute little story to enhance your day. Roll on book two!

Thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 3.5*


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