#BlogBlitz #BookReview The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Three

 

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3

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What they say: Nothing lasts forever … Gary’s time on earth seems to be coming to an end. His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But he still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message.

Best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?

Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …

Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?

Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.

The Review: I was dreading this. The end of The Hattie Hastings series. And look at the first line of that blurb: ‘Gary’s time on earth seems to be coming to an end.’ And yet while I did sob proper tears in the book, there was so much hope and warmth and still the fun and the puns and the romance that I probably did spend more time smiling and laughing. One of the iterations of the ‘moving on’ that goes on in this part of the trilogy (as there’s much moving on when you think of it!) is possibly one of the most memorable mixes of comedy and grief I’ve come across, and it floored me as a reader and a writer. There’s a lot about passing on and death and it really really got to me, especially when you thought about who was going (oops, am crying!)

I adored this book. I loved Hattie’s son and her mother, Hattie’s brother and his partner, in fact every character was perfection, the good, the bad and the cringey! The romance as ever, was gorgeous and it led us to a very satisfying conclusion. I will admit Cat’s story wasn’t so important for me, as I really wanted to get back to Gary and also to Hattie, but it was dealt with satisfactorily too! All in all such a memorable series, and one which I’ll probably re-read in the future. Excellent part, excellent series. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review. (Previous posts part 1 and part 2 )

Rating: 5/5

About Audrey Davis (it’s long but worth a read!)

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Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’

After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …

Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce. It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …

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The Haunting Of Hattie Hastings Part 2 by Audrey Davis

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Length: 95 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: The story continues … Hattie is used to her deceased husband Gary dropping in and out of her life. His timing might not always be great, but at least he’s still around. Although – when Hattie tentatively tries a spot of dating – his interference isn’t entirely welcome.
Best friend Cat is lapping up her new relationship with teacher Jamie, but ex-husband Stewart isn’t prepared to fade into the background.
Hattie’s mother Rachel faces a daunting battle, one she doesn’t want to burden family and friends with. But there’s someone waiting in the wings who might be more than a shoulder to cry on.
Gary still doesn’t know what his mission on earth is, and spirit guide Clarence isn’t offering any clues? Will an encounter with another provide him with answers, or put Hattie in an impossible situation?
Prepare for more laughs and tears in the second instalment of a trilogy which takes a darkly comic look at life … and the afterlife.
Warning: Cliffhanger ending

The Review: To start here’s the review for the exceptional part 1 , which, frankly, was perfection for me.

So here’s where this gets tricky. So if I want to go spoiler free, and look at the blurb for guidance on what to tell you about I have to tip toe a little, but that’s probably a good thing, as actually I went into this whole series blind, only knowing that the book was gushed about so much on it’s publication, in particular from Rachel’s Random Resources , who I should take this opportunity to thank for the book in return for an honest review.

So I can just tell you that the cliffhanger that brought us to this point made me do a little ‘YES!’ in my head. I was thrilled that someone else knew about Gary and that once the person knew  said person reverted back within minutes to speaking to Gary as if he was still alive. Once again, the jokes and quips that made me grin and laugh in book 2 materialised.

I have to admit my heart lurched when I came across Hattie’s mother Rachel’s issues and it brought me to my actual worry- where was this series going? With all the loveliness, warmth, beauty and fun-weren’t we heading for some serious tears? Not that I wasn’t kind of in bits already, with young Marty landing and making me sob and yet laugh too! I have most probably done a horrendous job here but all I can say is, the same humour, laugh out loud without being too crude, warmth, fun, some horrendously sad moments, death and sickness and the lovely Gary, who just blows me away every time he appears with the little tinkle of a bell to warn people.

Rating: Beyond a five out of five!

 

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 1 by Audrey Davis

 

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Length: 90 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon book link

What they say: A ghostly and witty romantic comedy
Some people just won’t take death lying down … (NB: cliffhanger ending)

Hattie Hastings is happily married, even if husband Gary drives her up the wall at times. When tragedy strikes, she is left alone and heartbroken, with only an assortment of family and friends to prop her up.
Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate times.
Hattie can’t convince anyone that Gary is back. Not even best friend Cat – now free from the cruel and controlling Stewart – will believe her.
Why has Gary returned? And what will Cat do when her slimy ex-husband tries to worm his way back into her affections?
The Haunting of Hattie Hastings will make you laugh, cry and count down until Part Two …

The Review:

This is the story of Hattie Hasting, who is living in a not always perfect but always full of love marriage with the larger than life character of husband Gary until “Almost twenty-one-years of marriage destroyed by a lunatic driver who’d mounted the pavement, smashed into Gary as he positioned the bin just outside their gate, then disappeared into the night. His injuries were so severe, he never regained consciousness.”

When Gary begins to appear to Hattie, slightly translucent but still the same Gary, you see that this is not your average ghost story. For one thing ghosts can’t usually drink whiskey!  This book is full of comedy (there’s amazing one-liners that are credited to a comedian at the end that I have to go look up!) but it’s interspersed nicely with the other worldly as we hear Gary try to make sense of death with Hattie. The romance with the two of them, in all their normality, was spellbinding, and it made it all the more heartbreaking that they couldn’t return to it. In fact it is the everydayness of this that blows your mind-the continuing on from day to day even though Hattie’s soul mate isn’t there and wondering when he is, well, what happens next? How can this work?

The characters were excellent. I loved Cat, Hattie’s best friend, too and was thrilled with the cliffhanger, it was absolute perfection! All in all a romantic, heartbreaking, gorgeous, hilarious (HILARIOUS) book that would remind me of something like Robert Brenda’s Coco series, fun and funny and a little over the top but not crossing lines into crass or something you’d cringe at. A series I will rate and adore for a long long time to come. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5