A Clean Sweep by Audrey Davis – Book Review
A Clean Sweep by Audrey Davis – Book Review
A Clean Sweep
Author – Audrey Davis
Pages – 312
Released – 19th December 2017
ISBN-13 – 978-1521548691
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
Love comes around when you least expect it. Fifty-something widow Emily isn’t expecting romance. Nor is she expecting a hunky twenty-something chimney sweep on her doorstep.
Daughter Tabitha knows something isn’t quite right with her relationship, while her boss – Abba-loving Meryl – thinks she’s found the real deal. Are they both right, or pursuing Mr Wrong?
Emily’s sister, Celeste, has the perfect marriage … or does she? Can a fitness tracker lead her down the path to happiness or heartbreak?
Susan is single, overweight and resigned to a life of loneliness. There was the one who got away but you don’t get another try, do you?
Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in a book that will grab your heart, make you smile and wish you had a chimney to sweep.
Widowed fifty-something Emily isn’t interested in dating again, no matter how much her daughter and friends try to persuade her.
At a recent book club held at her home, Emily tries to smoke her guests out when she lights the fire in her living-room. Something is causing an obstruction in her chimney. Looking up ‘Chimney Sweeps’ she comes across a company ‘Up Yours’ and on the name alone decides to hire them.
She’s in for a surprise though when twenty-something Joe turns up. He’s rather hunky and starts something stirring inside her. The feeling it would seem is mutual and it ends up being more than just her chimney being seen to!
How will Emily cope with a man half her age?
A Clean Sweep is an entertaining book that follows the life of ordinary Emily, her book club friends, her sister Celeste and her daughter Tabitha, who is having a relationship crisis of her own.
The book is filled with plenty of euphemisms and one-liners and is very amusing from the first page to the last. It also has a brilliant plot that you can delve right in to.
There were quite a lot of characters all with their own life problems which interweave themselves into the main plot. They were all a delight to get to know and their stories were all a pleasure to read.
This is a book about an ordinary woman, with ordinary friends set in London. It is light-hearted and would be a perfect beach read, something to keep you amused whilst lolling in the sun.
Reviewed by Stacey
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About the Author
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, less 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 May/June. After which she might have a wee lie down …