Fiction

Local author Mel Menzies writes fascinating stories set in the local area

As a counsellor, based in Exeter's Cathedral Green, Evie ponders the extraordinary circumstances surrounding her latest clients, and the way they've impacted upon her own life. On the one hand is Phoebe, terrified that a distant relation is going to contest her deceased mother's will. On the other is Matt, seeking, with Evie's help, to solve the mystery surrounding his biological parentage - all of which raises the question again and again as to whether adoption equates to being chosen or cheated. Waiting for the higher ferry to take her across the River Dart from Dartmouth to Kingswear, Evie Adams can't help equating it to some people's real-life experiences. Back and forth they ply, driven by an outside force; tethered to a lifestyle that inhibits freedom. Is Matt's cousin one of them, Evie wonders? Will she ever be unleashed, and thus be enabled to follow her dreams? (£8.99)

Read brilliantly embellished stories of five women whom God chose. "Tamar: betrayed by the men who controlled her future, she fought for her right to believe in a loving God. Rahab: a woman with a past to whom God gave a future. Ruth: She gave up everything, expected nothing, and God honoured her. Bethsheba: her beauty stirred the passion of a king. Her pain moved the heart of God. Mary: All eternity had been waiting for this moment. She responded in simple obedience to God's call." Each woman's story includes a six-part Bible study. Perfect for personal reading or group discussion. (£10.99)

With a broken marriage behind her an an impoverished future ahead, counsellor, Evie Adams, comforts herself with a quirky take on wealth and ostentation. Faced with a well-to-do client whose husband has become inexplicably hostile however, Evie's compassionate side comes to the fore. Why, she wonders, should Julia Worth's marriage be at risk simply because she has taken up charity work? When a murky past and long-agal events linking Carl Worth and the new friend come to light, she is determined to help Julia learn the art of assertiveness without aggression; and to fulfil her potential. Meanwhile, in helping Julia on her journey to achieve fulfilment in her life and resolution with her husband, Evie discovers that it is also her Time to Shine. (£8.99)

Trapped in a coma, multi-millionaire Anthony Spencer finds himself in a surreal world that reflects the mess he's made of his life. 'Cross Roads speaks to all of us who've got things wrong gin life and asks the big question: What if you could go back and put things right?'  (£7.99)


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