Talk of the Town | the place for bookish people to be

Welcome to the weekly Talk of the Town linky which I co-host with Heidi from Cosmochicklitan.  If you haven’t joined in with us before, you can check out all the details of the linky on a separate page and if you have any questions, please ask.

There were two favourite posts from last week:

Suziew’s It Was Bedtime In The Jungle : book review for your little adventurers

Kathleen Jowitt’s LGBTQ Christian fiction book recs

You must be bored of hearing me say it …  such diversity with the posts each week.  We really do have such a fab community 🙂

This month we’re continuing to showcase Lucy Lawrie’s second novel, The Last Day I Saw Her.  It was a keeper for me – you can read my review from last month.

When lonely single mum Janey stumbles into an art workshop, she can’t believe her eyes when her left hand mysteriously scribbles a picture of two little girls and a strange message from someone called ‘Hattie’: Janey’s childhood best friend. But they lost touch after Hattie’s family suddenly moved away in mysterious circumstances. Janey’s instincts tell her that she must finally find out what happened to Hattie, but life is already complicated enough: she’s struggling with motherhood, a custody battle over her toddler son Pip is looming, and she finds herself falling for intense art tutor Steve. And when writing appears on the walls of her flat and Pip starts playing with an invisible friend, Janey fears she’s losing her mind. Is it really a good idea to go digging up the past?

As dark secrets come to light, she can’t be sure what’s real any more – or who to trust…

Moving and suspenseful, The Last Day I Saw Her is a richly emotive story of friendship lost and found, and how facing up to the past can help you find a better future.

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LUCY LAWRIE was born in Edinburgh, and gained an honours degree in English Literature from Durham University before going on to study law. She works as a lawyer in Edinburgh, specialising in Employment and Pensions law.

When Lucy was on maternity leave with her first baby, she unearthed a primary two homework book in which she’d stated, in very wobbly handwriting: ‘I want to be an AUTHOR when I grow up.’ To appease her six-year old self, she began writing her first novel.

Tweet with Lucy @LucyLawrie1

Talk of the Town linky is sponsored by Black & White Publishing.

Talk of the TownBlack & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond they produce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into a monthly giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.  If you’re sharing my weekly post and can add @bwpublishing that would be fab.  The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing.  Make sure you use the shortened hashtag so that your tweets can be picked up and added to the random draw.

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I’ve had the most amazing relaxing week and it’s given me a taste of what my life is going to be like from September!  Not that I’m wishing my life away but … I can’t wait for my 3 day working week to arrive!  I’ve just got to get my working head back on for Monday.

Have a fab week ahead.



Married with two sons in their early 20's, by day I'm an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading and being out in nature. I've been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I'm enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I'm a stationery addict and lifelong learner. I believe strongly in early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I'm a member of my local Early Help Board and it's an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.