A review and an interesting interview with K.L. Loveley, author of ALICE – an emotional story of a woman who finally decides to regain control over her life
| Introduction |
K.L. Loveley is the author of ALICE – a “gritty but true to life story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits.” When Alice has freed herself from her bonds and from the disruptiveness surrounding her, she finds out that freedom might be overrated. Time for Alice to go on a quest for her life’s yearning. This interesting and intriguing concept is what Alice is about but where did the author find her inspiration? And who is her favourite book character? Check out my review of ALICE and this author interview with K.L. Lovely and find out more about the woman behind ALICE.
| Storyline |
To say that Alice has had a difficult life is an understatement: she divorced her husband, lived alone with her son and daughter and studied hard. Then she meets Robin, a widower with four grown-up children. Their friendship turns into love and six years after her divorce, Alice is picturing a bright future with Robin. They marry and find their dream home where they as well as Robin’s 4 children and Alice’s son are moving into. A family home once again. Soon, Alice starts feeling the strains of the lack of any help of Robin’s children and their constant taking advantage of her and their father. When Alice’s daughter needs her, Alice jumps at the chance to be with her daughter and leave her husband and his children. However, when her daughter moves on Alice loses control over her life, starts drinking and hits rock bottom.
| My Thoughts |
A compelling novel about a woman who has lived through a lot. The author created a loving character, always there for whoever needs her. Divorce is similar to defeat with Alice but what if the pressure is too much to handle? She thinks she has found her perfect and wonderful family home to find out that a house cannot become a home when there is a constant strain and the family is divided. Still, she endures because she takes her vows seriously. Her husband is torn between his children, who have lost their mother, and his wife and it is only a matter of time before everything falls apart. For me, it was no wonder Alice started longing for the bottle, I was impressed by how long she had persevered to keep her dream alive. This is a touching tribute to Alice, the woman who gave it all until she could take no more.
| Author Interview |
Q If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I wouldn’t like to be invisible as I prefer to be seen and heard. However, it would be interesting to be able to go back in time and be invisible to watch Shakespeare writing his plays.
Q If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?
We would be surrounded by my family and friends, sat in the sunny garden of a large holiday home (enough rooms for everyone). Preferably Cornwall. The garden would overlook a calm sea. There would be a huge table covered with a pretty cloth, delightful crockery and filled with delicious picnic food and drinks. The children would be squealing with delight, their parents playing tennis and other games, and us oldies savouring every moment.
Q What do you think is the best thing about social media?
The sharing of good information.
Q And the worst…?!
Sharing of inappropriate information.
Q What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in?
A good book.
Q Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie?
Of course, it is always best to tell the truth. However, occasionally a little white lie can be for the greater good if it spares someone’s feelings.
Q What’s your signature dish?
Traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with all of the trimmings.
Q Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why?
Facebook, as most of my family and friends are on this social platform.
Q Which book character do you wish you had written?
Elizabeth Bennett, from Pride and Prejudice. I find her amusing and full of spirit.
Q Why did you write a book?
Writing my first novel was a lifelong ambition. Since childhood, it has been my dream.
Q Why did you choose your particular genre?
The genre chose me, I was drawn towards writing about true to life situations, and perhaps my work has shaped who I am.
Q If you had to write in a different genre, which would you choose?
Historical drama. However, I realise the dedicated amount of research required to write in this genre would be very time-consuming.
Q What’s the worst thing about writing a book?
The writer opens him or herself up, to worldwide criticism.
Q What’s the best thing about writing a book?
Writing feeds my creativity.
Q If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?
I am happy to be myself and have never had any desire to be otherwise. K.L. Lovely, thank you so much for answering these questions and giving us, the readers, an insight into what motivates you and what you like best. To write a novel and feel and smell your book – it is indeed a childhood dream come true for the author! I love her talking about the character of Elizabeth Bennett (Jane Austen’s heroine in Pride and Prejudice) and, like Elizabeth, the author has dared to open up to the world with her novel I wish you lots of success with ALICE!
| About the Author |
Author K.L Loveley’s love of writing began with a gift of a five-year lock up diary at the age of seven and she has never stopped writing since. She lives with her husband in a quaint village in Nottinghamshire and enjoys walking and cycling in the famous Sherwood Forest. To date, the author has enjoyed 40+ years working as a Nurse for the NHS. During this time she has gained valuable knowledge and skills, which she has been able to transfer and use in her writing when related to medical and social issues. The pen name the author uses Katie Lily Loveley are the names of her female ancestors, a unique way of keeping their memory alive. Katie Loveley was the birth name of her maternal great-grandmother. Lily, the Christian name of her paternal Grandmother. Alice, the protagonist of her debut novel, was the name of her maternal grandmother. However, all of the characters in her stories are purely fictional
| Book Info |
|Publisher||Austin Macauley Publishers (31 Jan. 2017)|