Author Spotlight – Samantha Ford

February 25, 2013 in Articles, Author Spotlight

Authors from AfricaHaving lived a truly cosmopolitan lifestyle, it is hardly surprising that Samantha Ford didn’t settle for life in the humdrum environment of English suburbia. No instead she lives and works in Africa, in the Safari industry to be precise, and spends her life mingling with the rich and famous. She has become an author who writes about contemporary romance in the 21st century and she does it very well.

It was with great anticipation that I looked forward to reading her answers to the questions posed about the aspect of her life spent as an English female author, but one who gets her inspiration from the deepest parts of Safari Africa. A lifestyle that is far from conventional  and that not too many people will be privy to.

For Samantha the answers to her questions will no doubt feel like an honest appraisal of what, for her, is normal everyday life but for most of the rest of us will be a description of an exciting life in a far away place. I love the fact, for example, that one of her biggest problems she has as a writer comes in  the form of noisy monkeys.

So without further ado, have a look at her answers to the questions posed about how she came to write her first book and what life is like as a published author living in Africa.

Q) How did you come up with the story for your book, what sparked it off?

 A) I was looking after Giraffe Manor (a hotel) in Nairobi and decided, because of my unusual childhood in the Far East, Middle East and Africa, to write a series of letters to my daughter describing my life. Then out of the blue someone I had not seen for 35 years tracked me down in Kenya. This was when I decided to turn my “letters” into a novel.

Q) Did you need to do any research for your book? Read the rest of this entry →

Lonely Mirrors, A Tragic Wartime Romance

June 18, 2012 in Books, Fiction, Romantic Novels

From the valleys of Wales to London and Cairo during the second world war, this classic romance novel delivers an explicit and deeply moving account of how mothers and daughters come to terms with the fast moving sexual habits of contemporary lifestyles.

A Story of Women in Love- Lonely MirrorsWomen in Love – A Classic Romance

Love and jealousy are just two of the subjects Susannah Carlton deals with  and she doesn’t pull her punches.

women in loveRelationships are examined microscopic detail and the motives of these women in love leave little to the imagination. Some parts are sexually explicit and other parts are deeply moving, tugging at your emotions. One thing for sure is that this book is a real page turner.

Families grow and become intertwined as the story develops and this romantic fiction shows how a brief and passionate affair, between a doctor and a nurse, can have repercussions that extend through the following generations into the present day.

Romantic Books With A Punch – Explicit

In this book, the insights revealed suggest a narrative honesty that will ensure Susannah’s next book will be much awaited. Family lives are seldom straightforward and romantic books with such a punch are rare nowadays. This is a book not to be missed if you love reading about true conflict within marriages. The story unfolds over a period of seventy years from the Second World War to the present day. It’s also  a book you may want to keep away from your partners, lest they  learn too much!

What’s It About?

Set mainly in Egypt it tells the story of Jennifer Elmwood, a woman who’s personal and professional life is falling apart. Unexpectedly, she receives a letter from Margaret Evans, a woman claiming to have known Jennifer’s father during the Second World War. The two women meet in Margaret’s house in Cairo. Each day Jennifer learns more about Margaret who, as she had suspected, turns out to have been her long-dead father’s lover. What she had not imagined was that the affair would have produced a child.

More is revealed as the story expands to include Pearl and Violetta, Jennifer and Margaret’s mothers and their fight to be given the opportunity to tell their own stories. And just as Cairo is a jumbled up city of ancient pyramids and modern six-lane highways, also tangled together are the memories of these four women – two mothers, two daughters – as details of their lovers, school-days, deaths, sexual awakening, childhoods, husbands all spill out.

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Extracts from the Book

“Her dreams were of her old life, the years measured in fading colours – orange and scarlet flowers in her Johannesburg garden, Jack’s white family and their black servants holding back snarling dogs with lolling pink tongues. ‘I’m sorry,’ she whispered, stretching out a hand. The bed was empty. She had last seen Jack Maartens early one morning many years ago when he had left for work. Six hours later she was on a plane back to England, leaving no note to explain her action, just a pile of the jewellery he had given her over the five years”

“‘Yes. Of course,’ said Greta. ‘November, 1942, and I’d been nursing in Alexandria for two months. We were almost overwhelmed by the casualties brought in from the desert . . . the Germans were only sixty miles away . . . we could hear the guns. Terrible burns from the tank battles and then also pilots who’d been shot down. Have you ever seen a Spitfire?’ she asked. Jennifer shook her head. ‘They’re so small. Eighty, ninety per cent burns. British, Australian, South African, Polish even. They were hardly more than schoolboys.’ Greta paused.
‘And is that when you started a relationship with my father?’ prompted Jennifer.”

You can see the author’s profile using this link Susannah Carlton – Romance Novel Author

Goodreads Review

Lonely Mirrors, A Romantic Story of Women In Love both At War and In PeacetimeLonely Mirrors, A Romantic Story of Women In Love both At War and In Peacetime by Susannah Carlton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A thoroughly good read. There are some sexually explicit parts but given the period it is discussing and the fact that it is about female relationships and their life’s experiences from wartime to modern days, they cannot be considered inappropriate. Or in fact any different to what you often find discussed on TV these days.

This book was an excellent dissection of women’s relationships and not always in a favourable light. The author clearly understands women and what makes them tick, many people will find themselves emphasising with the characters and understand the hormone driven teenage periods and why some women are attracted by the charisma of powerful men. Highly recommended.

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