Blog Tour 4th January 2020
Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for The Man Across The Street by Marcie Steele. Thanks to Sarah Hardy from Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to be part of it.
My Thoughts – I adored it!
Part 1 of The Hope Street Series.
Hope Street is in the town of Somerley, a town that has a village-feel about it. It’s a close-knit community where everyone seems to know everyone, where people stay through the generations. Where the shops and the pub, the Hope and Anchor, are mainstays of the community.
Hannah Lockley lives at number 34. She is 39, soon to be 40, and a hairdresser working part time at Hope Street Hair. Her mum Martha has recently died and Hannah is feeling a bit lost in life. Hannah had been caring for Martha who was injured in a car crash that took the life of her dad a long time ago. She’d had to take it all on as her younger sister Olivia had disappeared 18 years ago and never been in touch.
Phoebe lives at number 41, across the road from Hannah, and is Hannah’s best friend. They’ve known each other since they were 5 years old. Phoebe is divorced with two children, Tilly 14 and Elliot 7. She runs Hope Street Hair and is tall, blonde and athletic with a very dirty laugh.
Workaholic Doug is 49 and has just had a heart attack. He has a building company with his brother Alex and after his health scare he needs to relax and focus on getting his work/life balance at a more sensible level. He decides to move away from home and rent in a different area for a little while. He moves into number 35, directly across the street from Hannah. On their first encounter he feels a spark….and so does Hannah.
Being such a close-knit street everyone is soon wondering who the handsome new stranger is, and they all try to find out! Doug starts working for Robin Marriott, who has a training company for maintenance and other odd jobs.
Thelma, 78, who lives at number 32 right next door to Hannah is a smartly dressed and beautifully made up lady. Sharp witted too. She’s having a bit of boiler trouble so cheekily asks Doug if he can help. Of course he agrees and is shocked to find out how shabbily the landlords contractors are treating the tenants. Thelma gives him a bit of a grilling too.
I love the interactions between the residents, the normality of it all. Lovely, warm characters that you can easily relate to. It made me want to live there and have lots of friends and acquaintances rather than being a bit antisocial as I am! I look forward to getting to know some of the other residents in the books to follow.
All in all this was a feel-good story that I adored. Marcie Steele has the knack of drawing me in from the first page and I just couldn’t stop reading.
Thank you to Marcie Steele for the early review copy, it was an honour to read it x
Marcie Steele also writes crime thrillers as Mel Sherratt.
About the Book
Maybe I’m scared to be happy…
Meet Hannah – she’s been her mum’s sole carer since she was eighteen. Now alone after Martha’s sudden death, Hannah feels lost in the only place she’s known as home, Hope Street. Coming up to a milestone birthday, she’s wondering what her purpose in life is.
Meet Doug – a workaholic, he’s in the office from dusk ’til dawn, and when he has a heart attack. Now on the mend, he needs to de-stress his life and focus on living it, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Doug moves to Hope Street, number 35. Hannah lives at number 34, directly opposite. From the moment they meet, there’s a spark.
But there are secrets too. Hannah’s mum has been keeping something from her, her sister upped and left over twenty years ago, and there can’t be such a simple reason why Doug has moved to Somerley. Can there?
The Man Across the Street is the first of a new series by bestselling author, Marcie Steele. It features a host of characters living on Hope Street in the market town of Somerley, also featured in The Somerley Series. Each character will have their own standalone story in books to follow.
‘Marcie Steele writes with such down to earth warmth that you wish you could live in her stories. The Man Across the Street is no exception, full of characters that you’d love to be friends with.’ Tilly, Tenant.
‘Love, secrets, intrigue, heartache. Find it all on Hope Street. An engaging tale of ordinary lives to warm you heart
and restore your faith in mankind.’ Imogen Clark
If you love an uplifting story about new beginnings, then The Man Across The Street is the perfect read to curl up with. Fans of Hannah Ellis, Debbie Johnson and Emily Harvale will love this book.
Publisher: Blood Red Books
Publication Date: 1st January 2020
Amazon Link: The Man Across the Street
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I’m a romantic at heart and have always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit.
I have written three books in The Somerley Series and the first in The Hope Street Series, The Man Across The Street.
I can often be found sitting in my favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on my laptop.