We happily welcome Deborah McKinlay to Novel Kicks and we’re pleased to be a part of the blog tour for her latest release, That Part Was True (published by Orion).
Welcome Deborah. Can you tell us a little about That Part Was True and the inspiration behind it?
I started with a seed of an idea – a woman who was profoundly isolated. That grew into the character of Eve, and the story developed from there.
Who would you invite to fantasy dinner party and what food would you serve?
Paddington Bear. Marmalade sandwiches (natch).
Which fictional character (books, TV or film,) would you like to swap places with for a day and why?
Holly Golightly. New York. The wit. The waistline.
Which three novels (out of all the ones you’ve read,) have impacted you most? Continue readingby
Eve Petworth writes to author, Jackson Cooper to praise him for a scene in one of his books. So impressed by her letter, Jackson replies and soon they discover their shared love of cookery and food and start regularly writing to one another. A friendship develops and soon there is even a suggestion of romance despite Jackson already having quite a complicated love life. Eve also has a tense relationship with her daughter who is not far off getting married. Jackson and Eve soon realise that, beyond all the drama, they may actually have a chance together. All they have to do is actually meet.
I had very few expectations going into this novel when I picked it up. I will say though that it has one of the most beautiful book covers. I love it.
This book has been described as a cross between One Day and 84 Charing Cross Road. However, not having any knowledge of the latter, I didn’t have much to make the comparison. This is also the first of Deborah’s books I have read.
The novel is told from both Jackson and Eve’s point of view with their letters woven in within the chapters. It does jump around between the two of them but I liked this. Continue readingby