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May 30, 2014



Nick Alexander


Nick Alexander

Published by Black & White Publishing
Publishing: Paperback 8 May 2014
ISBN10: 1 84502 719 1
ISBN13: 978 1 84502 719 3
Extent: 256 pp


“If your first love came back to offer you everything you ever dreamed of, what would you do?”
Hannah is thirty-eight and the happily married mother of eleven-year old Luke, the diamond in her world. Her marriage is reassuringly stable, and after fifteen years she has managed to push the wild dreams of youth from her mind and concentrate on the everyday satisfactions of here and now. The first half of her life hasn’t been as exciting as she had hoped, but then, she reckons, whose has?
When she succeeds in convincing husband Cliff to rent a villa in the south of France for a summer holiday with her sister Jill and gay friend Tristan, she’s expecting little more than a pleasant few weeks with her family. But they each have their own baggage – their own secrets – ready to explode on this not-so-relaxing holiday in France.
When a phone call at the villa announces the imminent arrival of a ghost from her past, the ambiance is transformed into a raging sea of jealousy as Hannah is forced to question everything she thought she knew and believed.
But is she brave enough to take the life-changing decisions her future happiness requires?
I haven't read anything from this author, before, but found this book interesting.  Our main character Hannah has what is considered a normal life, married, has a son and is somewhat happy with her life.  Her son, Luke is her pride and joy. She cares for  her husband Cliff  but their marriage is pretty much just the everyday actions that need to be done.  I didn't feel there was a lot to this marriage.
 Hannah and her family join Jill, her gay friend Tristan and her daughter Aisha for a family gathering.    Cliff has a brother but he comes along later in the story. Things are going well enough although the tension could be felt.
I had  a little trouble with the book. It just didn't move along quick enough.  I was starting to get a bit bored.  It did pick up after a while. The author does a good job of describing the characters and scenes.  The author did take on some delicate issues in his book. but not in a "in your face" way but very delicate and tastefully.  I have to say, the book wasn't quite enough for me.  I felt it was a little dull but that 's just my opinion.  I would have liked a little more action between the characters.   The author did do a good job of raising awareness of a couple of tough issues.    He did it in a well written, sensitive way.  Not all authors can deal with these issues in such a way.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE HALF LIFE OF HANNAH by Nick Alexander from Fiction Addiction Book Tours for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would have to give this book 3 STARS.


Book 2

 Other Halves
Kindle Edition, 273 pages
Published December 12th 2013 by Black and White

Hannah and Cliff’s marriage is over. After a traumatic family holiday, Cliff’s lies have been exposed and Hannah has been reunited with her lost love, Cliff’s brother, James. But after fifteen years together, and forever bound by love for their eleven-year-old son, Luke, breaking free and starting again seems impossible.

A new life in Australia with James beckons for Hannah – but can she embark on this adventure without losing the love of her son? And can Cliff finally face up to issues he has suppressed since adolescence and find happiness in a confusing world?

Amid the turmoil of separation, and with Luke caught in the crossfire, both Hannah and Cliff face the challenge of rebuilding their lives. To make the other halves of their lives count, they need courage and determination. But perhaps it’s more than they possess . .

For some reason I just couldn't get into these two books.  I felt bad for Luke, since his parents are divorcing.    I just didn't feel anything much for the others.  I think maybe my view is a bit marred from  seeing some things that happen to people like these characters.  Too much personal exposure, perhaps.  Anyway,  it was just another dysfunctional family with the everyday problems that we all face.  The two books just didn't do anything for me.  Just my opinion.  I just couldn't get into the books.

I would recommend that you, the reader, grab a copy of both books and read them for yourself and then draw your conclusion.  It's all in the reader's eyes and mind.

I was given a complimentary copy of OTHER HALVES by Nick Alexander  from Fiction Addiction Book Tours for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS.


About the Author

I grew up in the seaside town of Margate England with four brothers including three on the web: Matthew AlexanderGreg AlexanderSteven Alexander who are all painters as was our father, Chris.
Nick AlexanderOn leaving Margate, I moved to the Midlands and then Cambridge. In 1991, in need of adventure, I headed off with a backpack finally settling in Nice France where with the exception of a brief, exciting stint in New York, I have lived ever since.
After being refused by truly every publisher in the world, I self-published my first novel 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye in 2003. Encouraged by its success, I wrote and published four sequel novels: Sottopassaggio (2005), Good Thing/Bad Thing(2006), Better Than Easy(2009) and Sleight of Hand(2010) as well as a standalone novel, 13:55 Eastern Standard Time(2007).
My self published 2011 title The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend reached #1 in Amazon’s UK chart and gained me my first proper publishing contract with Corvus-Atlantic who also republished the entire 50 Reasons series and the sequel to The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend, The French House which sold more than 200,000 copies.
My 2012 novel The Half-Life Of Hannah, though mysteriously refused for publication by Corvus, again, once self published, reached number one and sold over 275,000 copies, and the paperback rights were subsequently purchased by Black and White Publishing.  Black and White are also publishing the Hannah sequel entitled Other Halves in both ebook and paperback, so I seem, finally, to be on a bit of a roll. Long may it last!
I also edit and contribute to the gay lit website,
I currently spend half my time in Nice, and the other half in a cabin in the French Alps where I get bored enough to actually concentrate on writing. But whenever I can, I jump on a plane or a train to London, my favourite city in the world.

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