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Debbie Johnson is a journalist and writer based in Merseyside. After a lifetime of retelling other people's stories, she decided to come up with some of her own. Debbie won the Harry Bowling Prize in 2010.
Ahh, what a lovely, engaging read this is, there is also an edge to be found too, which makes it particularly relatable. Katie has made running away from difficult times an art form, now she is settled on the Dorset coast with her four-year-old son, she is determined to stay put. A Gift from the Comfort Good Café forms part of the 'Comfort Food Café' series of books, it reads quite beautifully as a standalone, yet you will recognise the other characters and of course the café if you’re already a fan. I would love to pay a visit to Budbury, to sit down to tea and toast in the café and allow the energy of the characters as they go about their daily business to surround me. Debbie Johnson has given Katie a really strong voice, while Katie has her vulnerabilities, it’s wonderful to see her confidence grow. The romance is of course as delicious as the cake on offer and a light sparkling sense of fun bounces from the pages. All in all a quite gorgeous and beautifully comforting read. Featured in the LoveReading Christmas Gift Guide.
Lily McCain has been living a life of isolation since she was orphaned at just six-years-old, and sent to live in Liverpool with her emotionally distant grandmother. The visions started soon after, until even touching friends and family would give her frightening glimpses of people's future. Now in her twenties, Lily makes a living as a music writer for the Liverpool Gazette, reporting on bands and interviewing celebrities. She gets by just fine, until a stranger called Gabriel arrives on the scene. Physically impressive and seemingly able to read her mind and understand her as few have been able to, it comes as quite a shock when he tells her that, far from being an ordinary girl with a few psychic issues, she is, in fact, the Mother of the Mortals. She is the spirit incarnate of the Goddess Mabe - and the fate of all humanity rests on her shoulders. But, most importantly, she must stay alive...
THIS PAGE-TURNING THRILLER WILL HAVE YOU UP ALL NIGHT!The dead don't like to be ignored...Jayne McCartney, Liverpool's only female private eye, is soon to get a crash course in this and other ghost-related facts.Until now she's kept her snooping firmly to the dodgy, sometimes dangerous - but definitely human - Liverpool underworld. But that all changes when an elderly couple approach her with a terrifying story...Their daughter, a 19-year-old student, died falling from her halls' window. But she didn't jump, they insist - she was pushed. By a ghost.Who or what is walking the halls of Hart House? And will this case end up haunting Jayne forever...?