The New Mrs. D – a review

This story is a humorous and satisfying read for both sexes. In my opinion, when you strip away the genre, there are three types of fiction: bad, good, and believable. Heather Hill has created here one of the most believable, funny and heart-warming tales I’ve read in a long time.

As a writer, I read a wide range of genre, and I am critical of various aspects of the writing. In this uplifting tale, the reader is treated to good imagery, natural dialogue, superb characterisation, sense of place, and a plot that will make many honest men and women do some soul-searching.

We get to know the main character Bernice through excellent first-person point of view narrative. She is attractive, but isn’t gorgeous, and she is witty, but doesn’t do a stand-up routine. She is a mother. She is honest to a fault and has hang-ups about her personality and body as she goes into her 40’s.

It’s natural to think of characters like ‘Shirley Valentine’ and ‘Bridget Jones’, but Bernice is a combination of those two – on a particularly good day.

I use email and telephone calls for added depth in my own work, so for me, the inclusion of Facebook entries was insightful, and they are hilarious. Although porn is the poison in the relationship, it is dealt with tastefully – no pun intended.

Bernice’s love for her husband knows no bounds – or does it? That is the question posed early on, but through great writing, it isn’t answered until the end.

For me, this tale ticked all the boxes, and I rate it five-star.


Positive thinking!

What do you have to complain about? It took me less than five minutes to adjust my outlook for the day. This morning I sat in front of my computer all ready to continue with my latest novel. This will be my third by the way, and my second romance.               I digress.

My working environment

My working environment

I decided that instead of opening the file and getting on with it, that I would check my emails and limited social media links. Next, I looked at my tray and saw it was about 2 inches deep in paperwork … that’s 5 centimetres deep, if you prefer metric. I was dismayed, because it meant I’d have to go through it and file or scrap the contents.

Even as I started, it struck me that I had no reason to be dismayed, annoyed, frustrated, irritated, or whatever other negative you’d like to insert. I’m alive, in reasonable health and spend most of my free time doing what I want to do. What right do I have to allow any negativity? It’s all about perspective.

1. I’m not involved in a disaster situation.

2. I’m not in hospital or suffering from a serious illness.

3. I don’t have crippling financial worries.

4. I have food, shelter and companionship.

5. I can afford to be a writer.

Now, try as I might, I could not list five things that were serious negatives in my life. What I’d like you to do dear reader, is look at your life and ask yourself if what is irritating you is a serious negative, or is it trivial. Could you list five serious negatives in your life?

I’ve completed the filing and scrapping of paperwork, so now I’m off to write … .