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‘A Mother’s Wish’ by Dilly Court

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

“I was happily married,” Effie said hastily. “I loved my husband and it broke my heart when he died, but at least I have Georgie to remind me of him.” She laid him back on the bed. “The thought of losing him is terrifying. I can’t imagine my life without him.”

Nellie thrust a cup of tea into her hands. “No need to talk like that. He’s a sturdy little fellow and no mistake. Drink this and have a bite to eat, but don’t think I’m going to wait on you hand and foot because I ain’t. I got enough to do keeping me eye on the master without acting like a lady’s maid.”

Paperback Edition – Page 204

2015 Image Button For Teaser Tuesday Meme

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

This book is one which has been on the shelf in my own persnal library for some time and was originally a charity shop purchase.

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  • From these teasers, Effie sounds like she’s going through some tough times. I looked at the author’s page on Amazon and the books look good. They remind me of the Jeanette Oke books a little. I used to watch the tv versions of those.
    Happy reading.

    • Hi Naida,

      Thanks for introducing me to Janette Oke, I can see exactly why you might compare her style of writing with that of Dilly Court, especially some of her earlier series. I think the only difference, apart from the obvious one of location and setting, is that Dilly’s books seldom have a religious theme running through them, although I have to say that this doesn’t seem to be overly prevalent in Janette’s books. I may well give one of Janette’s books a try 🙂

      I generally tend to use – http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ – when I am checking out books or authors, as you can see a short biography of the author, together with all their books listed in chronological order, including a synopsis for each of them, all on the same page.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that your week is going well so far 🙂

    • Hi Beth,

      In this day and age, the treatment Effie is having to endure at the hands of a ‘relative’, would surely constitute abuse, it just goes to show how much progress we have made as a society, although there is still a long way to go, for sure!

      Effie is a very resourceful person though and is not one to stick around for more of the same treatment!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always good to chat with you 🙂

    • Hi Sherry,

      It certainly is! and I don’t think that Effie is the kind of person who is going to wait around for things to sort themselves out! I wish I had her strength of character right now!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate your comment 🙂

    • Hi Lisa,

      All I can reveal is that Effie is doing her best to change her lfe and break away from a horrible relative, who has more or less sold her and her baby into slavery and banished her very young brother to fend for himself!

      Thanks for the visit, I appreciate your comment 🙂

  • As I’ve mentioned before, Mum seems to love these books, but I’m not sure if they’re my cupof tea or not (not that I like tea!). I might give them a go one day.

    • Hi Nikki,

      I feel like that about fantasy books and although I have read one or two and quite enjoyed them, they really aren’t something I could read on a day to day basis.

      Science Fiction is another genre that I have to admit, I have never even tried to understand, let alone read.

      Perhaps we should make a pact and you read a historical fiction story and I’ll check out a sci-fi book 🙂

      Thanks for still taking the time to comment, I appreciate that!

    • Hi Laura,

      It turns out that Effie has indeed found a good friend and staunch ally in Nelly, although the two have barely met as yet.

      The life of a domestic servant was so arduous and tiring, that as yet, Nellie can’t see that Effie is going to be a great help to her, as she works out her own strategy for the future, very much with Nellie’s assistance as it turns out!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, your visits are always appreciated 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      Thanks for the tag and for the entertaining post, which still has me smiling 🙂

      I don’t have enough new to me words to take part in WWW every week, which is a great shame as it is a lovely meme and it is good to have you stop by with your words.

      I did read a crime thriller, which came with its own Scottish translation chapter, so perhaps I’ll select a few of the more ‘acceptable’ words from that … Well the ones that aren’t full of expletives anyway!!

  • Interesting teaser. It always worries me when someone utters something like “I can’t imagine life without” or the such. You know exactly that is going to happen!

    No teaser from me this time. I just finished a book and haven’t started anything new yet.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Over here, that’s called ‘Sod’s Law’ ..

      “Sod’s law is a name for the axiom that “if something can go wrong, it will”, with the further addendum, in British culture, that it will happen at “the worst possible time”. This may simply be construed, again in British culture, as “hope for the best, expect the worst”.

      The phrase is seemingly derived, at least in part, from the colloquialism an “unlucky sod”; a term for someone who has had some bad unlucky experience, and is usually used as a sympathetic reference to the person

      The term is still used in the United Kingdom, though in North America the eponymous “Murphy’s law” is more popular.” …

      We Brits are always the eternal pessimists 🙂

      Sorry to be so tardy in replying, only circumstances and family committments have conspired against me this week!

  • The excerpts you posted were just enough to rouse my curiosity about the synopsis, and now I need to know more 🙂

    As for me, I’m reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which such a fun murder mystery. The protagonist is an acerbic 11-year-old girl who’s also a chemistry genius. The murder victim shows up on her family property (an English manor house, several years after WWII). And she tries to outsmart the police and clear her father’s name, as he’s a suspect. It has unexpectedly poignant moments too.

    • Hi Hila,

      Once my curiosity is aroused about a book, I tend to spend longer than I probably should checking it out, even though my TBR pile is so vast, that I am never likely to get to read it! Still, there are much more harmful ways to spend my free time and I have discovered some great new authors this way 🙂

      I have a long-time blogging friend who is always recommending the Flavia de Luce stories to me, although I have not yet found the opportunity to try one of them for myself. I couldn’t read this era of murder/mystery writing all the time, but occasionally the overly precise language and detailed descriptive writing style, is just what is needed.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments.

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