Lizzie, a mother, author, lover of her partner and life takes us with her on an emotive and enticing trip through her fascinating life filled with love and laughter, sadness and grief, and friendship and betrayal – all the colours in between black and white!
Lizzie should feel proud that she has successfully weathered the storms of time, the emotions she went through each have their own colour such as ‘cranberry passion’ for first love, the ‘iridescent pink flush‘ of desire and the colour of ‘sulphur‘ for times of intense pain. So why should she not feel an abundant joy with its bright colours but, instead, sees everything fade to a mere shade of grey?
Meet Lizzie, a middle-aged woman (in her own words!) who is stunned by her success as an author and is time and again amazed at how many people attend her book signings. If only she would feel a bit better… The fact that her publisher has brought with her the delicious Oliver, a man with the looks to make both women and men completely forget their composure, is not helping either. Lizzie, who has two children, Cassie, her daughter working and living in London and sixteen-year-old Connor, has gone through a difficult divorce and raised her children as a single parent. Now she is happy with Simon, whose daughter Maisy lives in Australia with her boyfriend, Cazee. Then there are Lizzie’s father, Salocin, and her mother and a few more members of this huge but lovely family each of them with their own, unique story to tell…
Where Lizzie feels nauseous almost all of the time, the first thoughts her son, Connor, relates to us are much more serious: he is sure he is about to die. As it turns out, Connor exaggerated just a little but alas for him, his friends have a ball teasing him. A lesson learned, you should think but Connor is, perhaps, a bit incorrigible. He loves his mother but, as any teenager, rebels against her with his behaviour. The same goes for Cassie – Lizzie is worried because her daughter is incredibly thin and she suspects that Cassie, like herself, is unable to eat when in stress. She wants to help Cassie but how to make a daughter open up to her mother? When Lizzie’s father, Salocin, is rushed to hospital, her ex-husband lies for dead on the floor and her step-daughter Maisy brings a surprise visit, life cannot get any better, right? Wrong!
Amidst the turmoil of it all, of everything that life throws at them, this amazing family has the ability to laugh at themselves and life. Welcome to the wonderful, crazy and colourful world of Lizzie Lemalf!
‘All The Colours In Between’ is the first book of author Eva Jordan I had the pleasure to read and it was such a wonderful surprise, I love it! The mother, Lizzie, drives me crazy sometimes but her behaviour is oh so recognisable to me, as a mother – and yes, our children might be adults but we cannot stop worrying about them! If you, like me, have not read ‘183 Times A Year,’ it will take you a bit of time to get familiar with the characters, there are quite a few of them, and the narration alternates from the mother’s perspective to her daughter’s, Cassie, her son’s and the occasional other’s thoughts. Most of all, we perceive the events from Lizzie and Cassie, they are such great characters and strong women, shown to us with their flaws and vulnerabilities; perhaps it is because of that we love them and can relate to them so well.
What I loved most about this book (and was a bit envious of!) is the strong and remarkable ties that bind this family together – it feels as a privilege to have this peek into their lives. Who would not want a father like Lizzie’s? Salocin, “it’s not a life, it’s an adventure,” with his big, imaginative and loving heart is the family’s rock to lean on and I have got to tell you about his special gift for storytelling. The author has a way of describing her characters that makes you smile, such as the publisher’s personal assistant, Oliver, apparently a sight to behold. The red line of this beautiful work of fiction is the family and how they cope with all that happens – the good and the bad, the love and loss, friendship and betrayal on their rocky path through life.
Eva Jordan’s brilliant novel is like life itself, not black and white or a mere shade of grey but consists of all the magnificent colours in between.
About the Author
Eva Jordan, born in Kent but living most of her life in a small Cambridgeshire town, describes herself as a lover of words, books, travel and chocolate. She is also partial to the odd glass or two of wine. Providing her with some of the inspiration for her novel, Eva is both a mum and step mum to four children. Her career has been varied including working within the library service and at a women’s refuge. She writes a monthly column for a local magazine and currently works as a volunteer for a charity based organisation that teaches adults to read. However, storytelling through the art of writing is her passion. ‘183 Times A Year‘ is Eva’s debut novel.
|Publisher||Urbane Publications (19 Oct. 2017)|