Alex Martin grew up in Wiltshire and its rich and ancient tapestry inspired her new novel, Daffodils. It is set in World War
One, a time when the role of women changed forever. The story follows Katy, a young, naive and restless domestic servant who through personal tragedy, courage and intelligence, transforms her life and finds the
adventure she always craved. She just never knew the price would be so high...
Alex Martin's debut novel, The Twisted Vine is based on personal experience of picking grapes in the 1980s. Harvesting vines is like harvesting words - hard work but fun.
Alex is also a qualified herbalist and aromatherapist (see www.gowerserenity.co.uk ) She loves nature so
much she relies on it for her health and happiness and dispenses its treasures to others. This does not pay well. Not in financial terms. Her herbal adventures can be followed at : http://www.serenity-healing.blogspot.com
She has turned to her keyboard, her first love, for another source of income. She can mostly be found,
scribbling or tapping away in her garden shed, indulging that passion, as the wind and rain lash at her little refuge.
Daffodils is set in the turbulent time of the First World War, as Edwardian England’s rigid class structures crumble under its weight. Katy is frustrated as a domestic servant and longs to escape. Jem loves Katy but cannot have her. Lionel, fresh from missionary work in India, is ambitious, arrogant and full of radical ideas. War affects them all in very different ways and each pays a high price for the changes they are forced to make.
A review: "Absorbing, involving, unputdownable, honest, great characterisation". WW1 was a time of immense change that still ripples out into our modern world. Women's roles were reversed, social snobbishness overturned and many young people sacrificed their lives. Still there was time for love and in Katy's life there were two men who adored her. Time and again she is faced with difficult decisions, and experiences both deep loss and immense joy. Hold on to your seat for a deeply emotional read. 5 Star rating
Daffodils is available from:
Amazon US www.amazon.com http://amzn.to/19iDLtI
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/141yEIG
and www.feedaread.com in Kindle and paperback form!
Every journey is an adventure. Especially one into the unknown.
The shocking discovery of her lover with someone else propels Roxanne into escaping to France, and seeking work as a grape-picker. She's never been abroad before and certainly never travelled alone.
Opportunistic loner, Armand, exploits her vulnerability when they meet by chance. She never thought
she would see him again, or be the one who exposes his terrible crime.
Join Roxanne on her journey of self discovery, love and tragedy in rural France. Taste the wine, feel the sun, drive through the Provencal mountains with her, as her courage and resourcefulness are tested to the limit.
The Twisted Vine is available from:
Amazon US http://bit.ly/141xBZj
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/XHVZeD
Where to find Alex Martin:
Alex writes about her books and creative works in progress, posts reviews and shares with
other authors at: http://alexxx8586.blogspot.co.uk
Thank you Alex for letting me show you off! Best of Luck with Daffodils (it's a beautiful cover and a great sounding story).
"We may not have everything in life we want but at least we can have it all in a book." ~ Jennie Jones