Heard today that MY NAME IS EVA has sold nearly 160,000 to date. Blimey! I only signed the contract just less than a year ago. Bookouture certainly move fast and my second book, BURNING ISLAND, will be out in two weeks! Better get cracking with book 3 and keep things rolling.
In just over a week’s time, readers will discover my girl’s name. In the meantime, I need to clear my desk of the notes I made for her and get on with my next book.
I’m in the middle of writing my next book, but couldn’t help pinching myself when I read this review!
‘OH MY GOD! What a book. I was hooked right from the start … the plot twist at the end, just left me bawling. Words won’t do justice to this book. Please pick it up and read it asap.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The release of every new book is so nerve-racking. Your agent likes it, your critique group like it, your editor likes it, but until readers start commenting it doesn’t seem possible it will be accepted. So even after two previous successes, it is a huge relief to see the first reviews emerging for THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME, which publishes on November 5. Maybe I can relax a little now. Or maybe I’ll just press on with the next book.
‘What an amazing tale, I’ve been totally captivated the whole way through the story of Stevie and Ruby it’s heart wrenching at times,I totally loved every pageand what an amazing ending. I can totally recommend this OUTSTANDING book for all.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I can’t get over how good this book was. The Girl Without a Name filled me with so many emotions. … A page-turner for sure as you are transported back and forth between past and present. …Goldring’s in depth research, character development, and plot execution has made me a big fan. An excellent read. Five amazing stars. I loved it!’ Cyireadbooks, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Nearly 70 years ago, on August 15, 1952, a devastating flash flood nearly destroyed the village of Lynmouth on the coast of North Devon. Among the dead was a young woman, who was never identified.
That was the starting point for my new novel, which publishes on November 5. Who was she? What had led to her being there? What had happened to her before that terrible night? Recreating the life of this unnamed girl led me back to WW2 and made me question the impact that dreadful events can have on a person’s ability to develop and sustain lasting relationships. Can all scars heal or do deep wounds continue to fester?
I hope I have done justice to the real life story, honoured those who suffered at that time and stimulated thoughts about how people can recover from disaster.
Receiving messages from readers like this makes my weekend, even if they get a bit confused about the title.
Hello Suzanne, I just thought I’d let you know that Eva was an unqualified success with my book club which met today. Everyone thought it was a great read on at least three different levels. So much so, that despite it not being my turn to choose, they elected to read Burning River next month. I don’t think we’ve ever read two books by the same author consecutively so it’s praise indeed! I’ll let you know how that goes down too.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, I hesitate to say anything about Burning Island, the story of the decimation of the Jewish community in Corfu. So I’ll leave it to Stardust Book Reviews, who concluded: ‘This book has given me an important history lesson and made me feel very humble about what these people went through.’
I am grateful to all the contributors to the blog tour for this book for their appreciative comments. I didn’t write it hoping it will sell well, I wrote it because the story had to be told. I had visited Corfu several times before discovering its terrible history and once I knew I felt I had to share this awful discovery.
When you create a character in a novel, there is much you think you know and then you keep finding more. This week I found the scent of Eva at the beautiful Officino Profumo Santa Maria Novella in Florence, where perfumes and herbal remedies have been made for over 600 years. Their Eva smells of bergamot and Sicilian lemon, or as they say – woody base notes with spiky overtones – perfect! Not a hint of old lady lavender for this determined and defiant nonagenarian!
MY NAME IS EVA Book Club Notes
I hope you and your book club friends have enjoyed reading MY NAME IS EVA, which contains some disturbing themes of love, hatred and revenge. These are all topics which can provoke strong feelings and provide material for intense discussions. So you may like to use the following notes as the basis for an examination of the novel in one of your meetings.
READING GROUP QUESTIONS
1 Do you think we all have different sides to our personalities, as characterised by the different names applied to the central character in the novel?
2 It is said that revenge is a dish best served cold, but do you think Evelyn should have taken to long to carry out her revenge?
3 In what way do the two murders differ and do you think either was justified?
4 Eva’s child is the result of a brutal attack, yet she loves her baby from birth. Do you think this is unusual?
5 How did Evelyn manage to sustain her love for her husband?
6 What do you think of Pat’s attitude towards her aunt?
7 Why was Evelyn so determined to keep her secrets hidden?
8 Should Evelyn have traced her daughter and made it possible for her to benefit from the family estate?
9 Was Evelyn right to give her niece power of attorney?
10 Evelyn clearly wanted to retain control over her destiny. Do you think she was right and did she manage to achieve this?