Published in July, 2017 by The Wild Rose Press, Lipstick on the Strawberry has earned consistent five star reviews.
“It’s wonderful! I’ve just finished smiling my way through it and am left with a great sense of delight. Sophie has put her hand up to read it next, and I’m sure she’ll find it just as souffle-light and delicious as I have.” -Jean C, 03/14/18
“At long last, I want to write to tell you how much I enjoyed your Lipstick on the Strawberry. I enjoyed reading it so much and the story just swept me along — one of those kinds of books where not much gets done by a reader caught up in the story and gobbling up words at every available opportunity. A true sign of a good book! It is a delightful read — and with many avenues to pursue in thought — family dynamics, settings, the need for love, the lure of past relationships that resurface, and the bravery that it takes to pursue love and feelings. It had many things to think about and such good description of the places and people. I am so glad to have had a chance to read it.” -Marcia M, 03/12/18
“Not only has my copy of your book arrived, but I have read it with great enjoyment. It displaced items like Nature from my bedside table. I was sorry when I came to the end. Are you done with these characters, or does life have more twists and turns in store for them?” -Ed L, 02/24/18
“It’s very well-written – a real literary novel. Some great passages of writing, comparing the winters in Boston and London. Loved the scene when Camilla and her ex-husband had a car accident and the young, pregnant girl with the giant diamond emerged – and Camilla finally got over her divorce. I thought the main strengths were the family secrets – this was a page turner – and the parts where Camilla mourns her father despite the problems they had.” -Barbara H, 12/14/18
“I bought your book (the e-version on Kindle), I really enjoyed it. Didn’t put it down until I got to the back cover!” -Peter R, 10/01/17
“Recently I had a very enjoyable read of Lipstick on the Strawberry. Just love the title and the front cover is brilliant! For me it was, what I would call, a great holiday read. A page turner! It kept me fully engaged in the story line, especially not quite knowing how it would end. Great stuff! …It is now circulating around my boozy evening book group, so it’ll be interesting to hear their thoughts on reading it.” -Jeannie M, 09/17/17
Caterer Camilla Fetherwell has always felt unable to live up to her academic family’s expectations. If they are super-respectable, she feels only at home in the kitchen. But while she can chop, simmer or bake food for the weddings of others, her own personal life feels flat as a fallen soufflé. Returning to England for her father’s funeral, she unearths a family secret which makes her wonder if everything is as it seems. Will she be able to uncover the truth, switching the salt and vinegar of her relationships to the sweetness love brings?
Reviewer and novelist Judith Starkston Hand of Fire (Fireship Press, 2014) called Lipstick on the Strawberry “a sophisticated romance with depth and emotional power. A food photographer puts lipstick on a strawberry in order to make it gleam deliciously, if deceptively… It is also the perfect metaphor for the intertwined themes of this book. Not everything is as it first appears. There are so many layers to this tale, you’ll stay glued. There is so much that’s smart and graceful about this book, you’ll stay alive and engrossed.”
Lipstick on the Strawberry, by Margaret Ann Spence is available in paperback at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona and at Orinda Books in Orinda, California.
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