Happy Monday! Today I’m delighted to be one of the opening stops on the blog tour for Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton….a love story about regrets, what if’s and lost chances…..
“It used to make me feel special, the fact that they knew me, knew what I wanted, but it had soured with repetition. I’d become my drink order – that’s what it felt like. But it was okay. People watching in this place made me feel part of the world, got me away from the house for a few hours. And it was here she came back to me. I hadn’t seen her for three decades and suddenly there she was, standing next to my table.
Another Shot tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop thirty-five years after the end of their teenage romance. Jo-Jo finds Freddie through a mutual friend, and tells him that she is emigrating following the death of her husband. She gives him a photograph of the two of them on their first weekend away, a trip to Blackpool.
How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart is all told through a series of flashbacks. These memories feed into events when they meet up again and explain why, despite the passage of time and the intensity of their still simmering love, there is no future for their relationship.
We meet Freddie and Jo-Jo who were once in love as they reunite after thirty-five years, unexpectedly for Freddie. The story alternates between the present and both of their pasts, shared and individual so we can get to know them and understand why they’re where they are now.
We learn of their childhoods and family problems, their very first meeting and fledging romance, why and how they split up and what happened in the following years. But do we find out what happens to them now? Is there still something there? And if so, after thirty-five years can they really consider being together again?
This was a lovely little story and I really enjoyed getting to know both Freddie and Jo-Jo. I absolutely love their supporting characters – Jack, Freddie’s best mate and Amy, Jo-Jo’s daughter who are both fiery characters who kick these two up the bum when they need it!
I enjoyed finding out about their pasts and was really gripped and intrigued to find out why they had split up and whether they would get back together. I did find that the chapters (which are short) were sometimes a bit confusing for me as they rapidly flit between dates so I had to concentrate on which part of Freddie or Jo-Jo’s life I was learning about. There were a few bits in here, like Jo-Jo’s dream and Freddie’s book that I was a bit confused as to why they were included as I didn’t feel they were overly relevant and I just wanted to hear more about Freddie & Jo-Jo’s present situation! It didn’t put me off though, and it could have just been me being thick…and all may become clear in the next book (which I can’t wait to read!)
Overall, I really enjoyed this. Loved the characters and the storyline and can’t wait to see what the next book brings as this one leaves us on a tense cliffhanger!!
about the author
‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.
Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment.
Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them. ‘
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Stephen and the Publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views are my own and are unbiased.
Have a wonderful day all!