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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490571671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490571676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,262,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an accidental novelist, having been asked to write a short article for a magazine in 2005, and just not knowing when to stop. The article turned into my first novel, Lillian's Story, which was published in 2007 to great reviews and good sales. Then everything went quiet, until a friend suggested I put it on Amazon Kindle, where, to my amazement and delight, it shot to the top of the ratings.
By then I had written two more novels, The Sweetest Empire and Painting by Numbers, so I put them on Kindle along with my fourth, Finding Cordelia, which came out in 2013. Those last three novels are a sort of unofficial trilogy as, even though they are totally stand alone, their central characters are all (very different) women who rebel against the received morality of their (again, very different) times.
In my new novel, A Part of Having, Jock is a sailor who returns from the Falklands suffering from (then unrecognised) PTSD. His wife struggles to understand what has happened to him, and also to protect their daughter from his violent mood swings. The situation escalates into murder, the aftermath encompassing child abuse and domestic violence.
On a lighter note, I am told the common thread in all my work is animals, and yes, they are a huge passion in my life, so I guess they will appear in my novels almost automatically!

Do visit my web site www.sallypatriciagardner.co.uk

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About the Author

A former actress, Sally Patricia Gardner formed her own touring company in the 1970's. She describes the venture as 'great fun, but sadly, only mildly lucrative'. In the 1980's a lifelong passion for animals led her to build and run Spikes Island, a highly successful boarding cattery. Early in the millennium, asked to write a short piece for a local magazine, she continued writing only to find that the article had turned into her first novel, Lillian's Story, One Woman's Journey through the 20th Century. Astounded and delighted by its success, she has since written The Sweetest Empire, Painting by Numbers, and Finding Cordelia. All four novels are now available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback. Sally is at present writing her fifth novel, and is proud to be Chair of Shorelink Community Writers,a long-standing and thriving writers group in Hastings, which believes that laughter is essential to the creative process. Sally lives in rural Sussex with her husband, Roland, also a writer, and assorted rescued animals. Their daily walk with their dogs in the woods nearby is an important part of their lives, although they could do without Bengy the spaniel's penchant for going off and leaving them gnashing their teeth while they wait for him to reappear! For more information about Sally and her books please visit: www.sallypatriciagardner.com

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Bartholomew on 21 July 2013
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This engrossing fourth novel from Sally Patricia Gardner does not disappoint and I found it extremely hard to put down.
Young mother of two Cordelia, who married early, is now searching for something more from a life that has become boring. She needs to find out just who she is and what sort of person she may become.
A meeting in the park has a big impact, leading to her starring in a series of TV adverts that rocket her to fame. Moreover, she falls in love with the handsome Sebastian who - besides playing her husband - also happens to be both the producer's son and a curate. Is he the one she is meant to be with?
Her search for answers leads through many twists and turns; developments include bewildering and hurtful behaviour from daughter Natalie, and Cordelia moving on to a different life working in an animal rescue centre.
An absorbing read, with true-to-life, believable characters and a satisfying ending. Absolutely perfect for a treat.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alex Ede on 19 July 2013
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Another 'can't put down book'....this is a great read, this author goes from strength to strength. JK Rowling in disguise perhaps?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth McAuley on 1 Aug. 2013
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This is an excellent story, very well written. Cordelia is a really interesting character and it made you want to keep reading to find out what happened next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS L LISTER on 5 Sept. 2013
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I loved this book. It was funny and sad and made me want to keep reading to the end. I do love to read but usually only have time on holiday. This book kept grabbing my attention until it was finished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS A E SWAN on 15 Aug. 2013
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Very interesting story-lines for the main characters. No hint of how things will turn out. Intriguing and very enjoyable. Would recommend to several of my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Moss on 12 Aug. 2013
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Wonderful story about emotions, love between a man and a woman, a mother and her children, her animals and friends. Told brilliantly from different perspectives with a lovely warm ending.
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By jnp on 30 April 2014
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The book was an enjoyable read without having any extra features which would make it a classic or a memorable book.
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By Jemb on 13 Feb. 2014
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Lovely light reading at times felt compelled not to book the book down and just carry on reading, enjoyed it thank you
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