“Who’s Shirley Valentine?”
Shirley Valentine was Roz’s favourite film. It was about a repressed, middle-aged housewife from Liverpool who spends her days talking to her kitchen wall. When she leaves her husband for an impromptu holiday to the Greek Islands with a friend she rediscovers her lust for life and decides to stay.
Annie Rivers isn’t middle aged, she’s thirty-one. She doesn’t hail from England she lives in New Zealand and she doesn’t talk to the kitchen wall – just her cat.
Her late sister Roz had a passion for anything and everything to do with Greece including Shirley Valentine and the new age musician Yanni. Just for the record though Annie never shared in her sister’s love of Yanni’s white trousers unlike their mutual best friend, Carl. The print that once hung on Roz’s bedroom wall of Santorini now hangs on Annie’s and she’s picked up the pen pal relationship with Kassia Bikakis where Roz left off.
Kassia along with the rest of the Bikakis family help run her mother-in-law’s namesake Eleni’s guesthouse on the Greek Island of Crete. These days Annie and Kas prefer e-mail to snail mail and in their exchanges Annie confides how much she hates her new boss and how much she loves the wedding dress she’s spotted in the window of an exclusive boutique. If only her fiancé Tony would actually commit to setting the date and if only she could get the dress to fit.
Annie knows she’s drifting along and that something’s gotta give but will she be brave like Shirley and grab life by the seat of a pair of white trousers or will she be like Roz and let it pass her by?
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Hello, I am a New Zealand-based novelist, local newspaper reporter, blogger and avid Facebook user. I am based in the pretty little town of Oxford, in New Zealand’s South Island. Writing is something I have always used as a way of expressing myself. My first foray into the romantic and humorous world of my style of women’s fiction is recorded in my thirteen-year-old self’s compulsory school journal. In it, much to the delight of my English teacher, I described in minutiae the heartbreak of being dumped after my first school disco. I have moved on since then and am now married with two boys.
After my first son was born, I attended a creative writing course at Canterbury University, and the first piece I ever penned was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. My first two books, The Brazilian Job and Second Hand Jane could be given the label of chick lit. They were followed by the slightly more contemporary, Being Shirley. The Traveller’s Daughter is my fourth novel and has a historical twist; it will be released in epub by Harper Collins on March 24, 2017 and available in all major UK bookstores on June 1, 2017. All my books are written with warmth and humour.