I have invited Diane Need to present an extract from ‘Press Three for Goodbye’. Her debut novel is a humorous exploration of second chances. Beth, the central character, has been compared to Shirley Valentine, but she doesn’t travel to Greece in search of answers.
Without further ado, I will hand over to Diane who has a message for her readers.
I am delighted to present Press Three for Goodbye
Beth is a gentle and caring heroine, but a lot of fun, too, with the scrapes she gets into. The story deals with some serious issues, but there’s also plenty of humour.
I’ve chosen the extract as I believe it gives an insight into Beth’s character and one of the scrapes Beth finds herself in.
It’s an easy, feel good and uplifting read, ideal for the airport, on holiday or sitting by the fire with a cuppa (or a glass of wine!)
Presenting the Extract
Paul scrutinised the paw prints and cleared his throat before continuing. ‘I’m –’ he blustered, looking to Emily as if for support. ‘Well, the thing is – we’re here about Rodney; we think he should come and live with us. I paid for him, after all – and it’s obvious you can’t cope with him.’
‘I don’t care who paid for him; Rodney stays here!’ Beth cried. ‘He loves being with me –’
‘Well, I think –’ Emily interrupted.
Beth’s head spun round like the girl possessed by the devil in the film The Exorcist. ‘What the hell’s it got to do with you? God knows why you’re even here!’
Right on cue, Rodney pawed at the door. Expecting him to demonstrate his love for her by jumping up, Beth pulled it open. He darted past her, something bright pink dangling from his mouth, and headed once more for the sheepskin rug.
Beth clapped a hand over her mouth. OMG – it was a pair of her old knickers – her “Bridget Jones’s”! To her total horror, Rodney held the material between his front paws and gleefully began tearing the gusset apart.
Paul and Emily stood aghast as she dived to retrieve her tatty pants.
Panting like a madwoman, she finally managed to wrestle them free from the dog’s jaws.
Paul shook his head and Emily gave a loud snort.
‘Why don’t the pair of you just piss off?’ Beth yelled. ‘And you’re not having the bloody dog – he stays with me. RIGHT?’
They left without saying another word.
More about Press Three for Goodbye
When Beth, fast approaching forty and a stay-at-home wife, decides to put some romance back into her flagging marriage, her plans are thwarted when her husband announces he’s leaving her for his intellectual equal. All he leaves Beth with is an order to vacate the family home and the wrath of her acid-tongued mother-in-law. Beth has no career, no money and no self-esteem.
Beth’s best friend Jackie manages to find her a job at a care home. The work is challenging, and, with a string of obstacles being dropped on her, one after another, her life descends into chaos.
There is a flicker of light on the horizon when handsome Ryan Morgan enters her life and offers to dog-sit her beloved dog, Rodney. But are Beth and Ryan meant to be together? And will they be able to pursue a relationship when she discovers more secrets about those she thought she knew so well?
What do the reviews say?
“Great read which grabs your attention straight away and moves on at good pace.”
“This has everything: love and heartache, humour and friendship, courage and compassion.”
“Diane’s debut novel is a reminder that we have the power to rebuild ourselves even when we feel as though we’ve hit rock bottom.”
More about Diane
I’m a trained Counsellor with a background in education and social care, and I believe my work and personal life has given me insight and understanding into how life issues can impact upon people.
It felt a bit surreal when I’d written “The End.” I couldn’t quite believe it! I missed all of the characters, especially Beth, Jackie and Paul – and Rodney the dog, of course!
The novel explores the adage: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I wanted Beth to work through the chaos and obstacles. I adored the lolloping dog, and enjoyed booing at the annoying characters. Grab a large glass of wine, and read this book during a weekend, to find out it Beth survives.
You can read my review of this novel.