Readers' feedback

Readers' feedback on Eight of Cups has been extremely positive.  We are thrilled to learn that so many people are enjoying the book and pleased that they are also urging us to hurry up and finish the next one!  Here is a small selection of responses received so far.  Please feel free to use the Contact Us page to leave YOUR COMMENTS and we'd be very grateful if you could leave a review for us on Amazon and on Goodreads which will all help to attract other readers. Thank You!



Just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed this novel! I was on holiday last week and read it cover to cover and can truthfully say that it really spoke to me. I think it will have especial appeal to readers like me who are the same age as the characters in the book - such evocative writing and university and post-university life so very well described. Well done!


Alison, Scots Magazine


I really enjoyed the book, read it over the hols. It kept me up late a few nights,

just kept reading "one more chapter"! We have a waiting list for it now, so obviously the publicity had an effect. Look forward to the next one!


Mary, Librarian, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

I've just read and enjoyed "Eight of Cups", Mirren. Congratulations to you (both!) on your first novel. It was prominently placed in our local library as part of a display called "Local Heroes" - along with books by Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Christopher Rush etc, so I hope that will bring it to the attention of lots of readers.


Kate, Fife

and from some Male Readers!

A thoroughly good read.  As a 50 something myself, albeit a male one, I could identify with description of the phases of a life from youth through parenthood to grey hair and a few aches and pains.  The whole book was a solid reminder that life is best lived  realistically, rather than viewed through the distorting mirrors of "should" and "ought".


Richard, Fife



I really enjoyed it.  I found it fascinating on a lot of levels.


1.  Being at college in Edinburgh in the early 70s and comparing that period from a woman's perspective to mine.

2.  comparing the lives of the characters as they went through life  - with people I knew and their experiences.

3.  realising that life is difficult for everyone and that it is how we adapt and change to the circumstances (and how we grow) that helps to make us content in the end.  


I reckon men have it easier as we don't spend nearly as much time analysing life and stuff!!


Sandy, Perthshire



What a lot of time and creative effort has gone into producing such a heartfelt story, a story anyone over their forties can relate to. We all face our Eight of Cups and probably no more acutely than now, in this time of rapid change.  I could visualise the Jeddah part very well, and the memories came flooding back.


Graeme, Somerset



'Eight of Cups' is an excellent read. I can recommend it. I look forward to the next one.


Dave D, Newfoundland and Labrador