I'm a late starter in the world of Indie publishing. I published my first novel, Leap the Wild Water, in March of this year at the ripe age of fifty-five. I've been creatively writing for years but this was the first novel I'd written which I felt was worthy of publication. I live in the wilds of Wales, a landscape which is little changed from the 19th century era in which Leap the Wild Water is set. Fortunately, unlike the landscape, life is very different now from the way it was back then, especially for women. In the past, the majority of women suffered great hardship and inequality, and were subject to blatant sexual double standards. Women were rendered powerless by the religious doctrine and cultural beliefs of the time, much as they still are in many parts of the world. Women who dared to break the rules were often cruelly punished, not only by larger society but also by their own families. Maybe its because I came from a large family of ten children, but I've always been intrigued by the ways in which society impacts on individual lives. This interest is reflected in my writing. In the main, I blog about how life used to be for rural people; discoveries I made while researching my novel. I also blog reviews about books I've found outstanding.
Leap the Wild Water
This is a remarkable book. The author's have thought of everything including many things I would never have thought of myself.
My dogs form such an integral part of my day to day life, there are things here I would never have thought to pass on to someone else.
I never imagined I'd end up with sole responsibility for two dogs. The unimaginable can and does happen. I should know. Since unexpectedly becoming a rather young widow four years ago, I've often worried what would happen to my dogs if I should die as suddenly as my husband did. Buying this book has brought me reassurance on that score. It means that their unique and individual needs will be met by their new owners. That is so very important.
I very much hope to live long enough to see my dogs out. But I owe it to them, in return for their loyalty to me, to make sure they will be as well cared for as possible, should I not.
Every dog owner should buy this book, just in case. Its as important as making a will.
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