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Magic O’Clock and Magical Memories by LS Fellows

Magic O’Clock:

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.

He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.

His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.

Not at all.

It’s just different.

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.

He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

My Review:

This is a very quick but heart-touching story of a daughter visiting her much loved father who has dementia but brings light into the world of all those around him every day at 3 o’clock when he shares his stories. He no longer recognises his family but always realises when it is story time and shares a different story to the other residents of the care home where he now lives. The author has an amazing talent to take the reader right into the care home to listen to Archie as he shares his story whilst his youngest daughter listens on. It is only sixteen pages long but easily manages to be an emotive, well crafted and thoroughly enjoyable short story of something we all hope never to experience.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book with no obligation and this is my review after choosing to read it.

Magic O’Clock – buy link:

Amazon – (universal) http://getbook.at/MagicOClock

Other eretailers (Kobo, B&N, Apple) : https://www.books2read.com/MOC

 

 

Magical Memories

As Archie Royle takes his final breath, three sisters race to say their goodbyes.

Two don’t make it in time.

I do.

And now, it’s all my fault they’re too late.

Despite him having dementia.

Despite them not visiting in over a month.

 

But I won’t let anger win.

After all, we’re all grieving, aren’t we?

Surely, as a family, we can let bygones be bygones.

 

It’s what Dad would want. Expect.

It’s what he deserves.

We have so much to be grateful for.

So many fond and magical memories to share.

Magical Memories is a fictional tale of loss, grief and moving on.

My Review:

I read this straight after reading the first book in this series, Magic O’Clock. This is a moving story of the death of Archie, a beloved father and storyteller. The disappointment of the two young women who didn’t reach their father’s bedside whilst he was still alive, the  reactions all  three daughters, their interactions and reactions to the grief of losing their father and having to make arrangements for his funeral are all emotively related. This is a difficult subject to read about but the author succeeds in making Archie someone you’d like to have known and the whole story is an evocative and emotional read, showing the importance of memories that encourage you to look back on someone you’ve loved with a smile on your face even if you also have a tear in your eye.

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book with no obligation and this is my review after choosing to read it.

Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/MagicMem

 

Author Bio – Despite being born in England, my heart now lies in Spain. Many moons ago, I was a student in Granada, Spain. I loved it so much and swore I would return one day on a more permanent basis. In 2003, I did just that.

Now, as a fur-mum to two adorable but mischievous mutts, in my free time I can usually be spotted with my nose in a book, armed with just the teeniest chunk of chocolate and a zillion pomegranates!

Social Media Links –

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LFWrites

Twitter: @lfwrites – https://twitter.com/lfwrites

Website/Blog: https://just4mybooks.wordpress.com

Subscribe: https://tinyletter.com/lfwrites

Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/lsfellows

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour. The reviews are my own, honest opinions after reading both novellas.

One comment on “Magic O’Clock and Magical Memories by LS Fellows

  1. carhicks
    October 16, 2018

    These sound like wonderful stories full of emotion. I can imagine anyone living with a relative with dementia would find these either difficult to read, or identify and love. Great reviews Elaine.

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