- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Eloquent Books (21 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609117166
- ISBN-13: 978-1609117160
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,354,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
It Mattered Yesterday Hardcover – 21 May 2010
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More About the Author
I have one son, Jamie Lambert who is a singer/guitarist and had a cafe/bar, in The Philippines. He has recently returned to live in Cyprus with his lovely wife.
I have been married four times, which shows that if at first I don't succeed...
I wrote 'Chasing Dreams in Lefkas,' a true adventure story set on a Greek island.
For us it was a way out of a depressing situation that many people two decades later are facing. I hope my book will encourage them to take a challenge and do something that they might never have done. Then they can look back and say," I'm glad we had that recession," or, at least it might make them smile!
This MS lay in our attic since I wrote it in 1992 when the memories were fresh in my mind.
In 2008 my Greek teacher suggested that I send it to a Literary Agency in the USA. To my delight it was accepted, and published by AEG Publishers that same year. - It was my first attempt at writing, because I simply wanted to tell our story. I could have written it a lot better these days with modern technology. - My writing has improved since then, but sadly the situation of redundancies has not...
Now available on Kindle
I have made some corrections 20th July 2013 to the Kindle Edition - The book was written in 1992.(the hard way)I could not afford to have the paperback version corrected, since the proceeds small as they are, help me to save dogs and cats.
This is the link to video trailer:
"It Mattered Yesterday" is a romantic, sensual story based on my life, so it is written from my heart.
Since it is based in Liverpool from 60's to 80's with all the memorabilia of the time, it was mentioned on Radio Merseyside/City in January 2011.
It is about people and feelings. And, about not giving up hope. If you have a will to go on, you can overcome the very darkest hour. What mattered so desperately at the time simply becomes a memory. It only mattered yesterday.
Available also on Kindle
'The Little Christmas Angel' is a continuation of 'It Mattered Yesterday' but it could be read first as the story refers back to events in that book. The only possesion that Stella took with her from the grand house was the little angel that her son Jon had made at school when he was ten and given to her at Christmas. This story continues mainly with events in Jon's life and how it affects Stella. It has the same characters, but set in Cyprus. It is also based on true events and situations.
Continuation of 'It Mattered Yesterday'
'The Little Christmas Angel'
"A Moment to Remember, To Forgive, Divine" is another romantic fiction, for anyone who has loved and lost.
Each character has their own voice, and contributes to the overall storyline. It captures the essence of childhood, first love, heartbreak and tangled complications of love within a family life. The blend of Welsh countryside and Liverpool makes an interesting setting.
Now also on Kindle
My book for young children is called, "Granny's Magic Garden." Is also available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
Trailer video link:
Fairies, Pixies and many other fantasy characters enchant children as they listen to stories about Granny's Magic Garden.
George, and Freddie share the same Daddy as Harvey and Saffie, so they are a special sort of family. All of them love to hear stories from their Granny about the mystical things that go on in her garden during the night. Also, some amazing things sometimes happen when they play in her garden during the day. Children can join George, Freddie, Harvey and Saffie as they explore the wonders of Granny's Magic Garden.
I began telling the stories found in this book to my own grandchildren when they were aged from 4 years to 8 years. They enjoyed them so much that I wanted to share them with other children.
It was a way of teaching, without 'telling'. They learnt reasons to do good things and why not to do bad things, from the actions of the fantasy characters. They learnt simple lessons in behaviour with laughter, at some of the funny things that some of the characters like the silly fair, Dirty Gertie says and does.
All children love magic and mystery and most of all humour. This book encourages reading as the print is easy to read and the stories are easy to follow.
I hope children everywhere will enjoy the stories found in Granny's Magic Garden.
All my books are available on Amazon and Kindle as well as B&N.
'Nobody's Pets In Cyprus' is a collection of stories about some of the dogs and cats I have rescued during the last 5 years. It shows how I have used the proceeds from my books to give them a better life.
Help an abandoned dog or cat PLEASE Download "Nobody's Pets In Cyprus" http://animoto.com/s/5G5e09PowOaMuuKCFSRsXA ... ... Proceeds help MORE!
I love all animals, and it is distressing to see so many abandoned dogs and cats here. One poor starving hunting hound, I called Fido, has now found a forever home in Berlin. He has even appeared on German TV! You can see his story in 'Nobody's Pets In Cyprus' KINDLE, and on Diane Griffith Animal Rescue Facebook Page:
Thanks for reading :-)
From the Publisher
This is a compelling fictinal story of deep emotons and tangled relationships. There are twists and turns to sustan the events throughout the tale.
In some parts it is sensual and steamy, but there is also tender affection and true friendship, running through the whole theme.
The story is a jigsaw of one young woman's life, although many other people are intimately involved. The disjointed pieces fit together smoothly, so that in the end, it presents a beautiful picture that the reader feels happy with.
There is a lot of conflict and dialogue, the characters tell the story, so cme vividly to life. It tells of family life like it is, complete with all the squabbles, humor and tenderness.
Women of all ages will be able to relate to Stella, who is the main character, and live and breath all of her emotins.
They will also feel for her son Jon, who is portrayed from a baby, throughout his childhood, and adolescence to young adulthood.
From the Author
Since I grew up in Liverpool and also lived on the Wirral I have set this book in those areas from the early 60's to the 80's with all the memorabilia of that time.
I have combined real people and situations in my life, with real locations.
My message is, that if you have a will to go on, no matter what, you can overcome the darkest hour.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Deeply heartrending, It Mattered Yesterday is a tender, poignant romance tale. With well developed, true-to-life characters, author Diane Griffith has crafted a compelling story of love, heartbreak, and ultimate redemption in the face of life's often unpredictable challenges. A creative mix of fact and fiction (based on Griffith's own real life experiences), It Mattered Yesterday serves as a stirring reminder of the happiness that we can achieve with just a little measure of faith, hope, and well-placed trust. Quite the endearing read.
I enjoyed reading this book and felt as though I understood all of the main character, Stella's emotions.
It is a stirring story of romance and passion with the gentle friendship between Stella and Jill making all the right ingredients for a heart-warming novel.
It was oozing with atmosphere and nostalgia for the varying decades.- I particularly liked the references to places in Merseyside, and the songs of those eras... The writing came to life and the story line was easy to follow. I felt they were real people grappling with real dilemmas with humour, anger, and human weakness. An interesting tale of love and family, with the feelings of a mother for her child adding a special touch.
I selected this book to read partly because of previous good reviews, and partly because of the setting - Liverpool, late 50s to more recent times- so I thought it might be interesting; eventually it, and especially the central character(how naive can you be?) just irritated me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent read from a very good author I have read 5 of her books and enjoyed every onePublished 16 months ago by mrs c l housley
I enjoyed reading this. It took me back in time, especially with the music references of the era.Published 18 months ago by MRS D CASEY
Quite enjoyed reading this,but wanted to shake Stella ,as if you would repeat the same mistake over and over. Did notice a few spelling mistakes...Published on 28 Nov. 2013 by MARKO
This is a great read for this summer. It's inspirational and I loved all of the 60's memorabilia. Diane has a great voice and the twists and turns of the story kept me reading. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Rebecca
I found this book sweet . . . charming and true to life. Has us remembering incidents of the changing decades with music, fashion and so on. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by Winddreamer