Friends and Neighbours

Life as a Marie Osmond impersonator living in Stoke can be challenging enough.
But when your best friend has died and your other friends have moved away it can suddenly get a whole lot tougher. Now heartbroken Jenny has a female shaped hole in her life which – despite the presence of many women – won’t go away. Grief has turned her into a first class snob.

Husband Lonny preps the house for climate change and is unable to halt Jenny’s unravelling. Then gorgeous Trudi wafts into the creative writing class and brings some much needed hope.

Feeling that this is the only way out of her depression, Jenny’s intention to befriend Trudi builds to an obsession while facing all manner of setbacks. A motley crew of unsuitable local women is encroaching while lovely Trudi remains elusive. Why is something that used to be so easy, now so hard?.

Mixing serious issues with much hilarity ‘Friends and Neighbours’ is a feel-good story for our times.

“This book made me laugh out loud in many places and shed a tear in others.” – Siobhan Curham, author ‘An American in Paris’ ‘What a totally wonderful heart warming read, loved it’ Goodreads Review 

‘This was a nice, easy chick lit read. It has great characters and is really funny in places even though it is about coping with the death of a loved one. It can be related to on lots of different levels. I liked that it has a sort of hidden message, which is to not judge a book by its cover. I enjoyed it very much’ Goodreads Review


Meet Ruth Torjussen

Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer. She writes scripts and novels across different genres but all cover, in some way, the looming ecological crisis.

The Gift of the Magi

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About the Book

Thank you for your purchase! “The Gift of the Magi” is a beloved tale that explores the depths of loving-kindness. As an online teacher and the founder of stevenseducation.com, I have used this story to discuss the potential that we all have to do good. Della and James are poor in this story, but they have a unique acumen for selflessness. Each gives all they have to the other. In short, this classic reflects what is possible in all of us, and I hope are enriched by it whether you are probing the depths of human possibility or simply looking to enjoy a love-filled classic.

Preview

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

There was clearly nothing left to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the look-out for the mendicancy squad.

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