Life as a Marie Osmond impersonator living in Stoke can be challenging enough. But when your best friend has died and your other friends have moved away it can suddenly get a whole lot tougher. Now heartbroken Jenny has a female shaped hole in her life which - despite the presence of many women - won't go away. Grief has turned her into a first class snob.
Husband Lonny preps the house for climate change and is unable to halt Jenny's unravelling. Then gorgeous Trudi wafts into the creative writing class and brings some much needed hope.
Feeling that this is the only way out of her depression, Jenny's intention to befriend Trudi builds to an obsession while facing all manner of setbacks. A motley crew of unsuitable local women is encroaching while lovely Trudi remains elusive. Why is something that used to be so easy, now so hard?.
Mixing serious issues with much hilarity 'Friends and Neighbours' is a feel-good story for our times.
"This book made me laugh out loud in many places and shed a tear in others." – Siobhan Curham, author 'An American in Paris'
What readers are saying about 'Friends and Neighbours':
'What a totally wonderful heartwarming read, loved it' Goodreads Review
'This story is one that will stick with me forever. A book of friendship, discovery, self-love, trauma, loss and love - this book will take you on a roller coaster journey you won't want to stop reading.' Goodreads Review
'This was a feel good read that was equally tear jerking as it was laugh out loud funny. It was a lighthearted read that simultaneously dealt with important issues such as mental health, depression, loneliness and navigating a life through grief'. Goodreads review
'Truly an uplifting and refreshing read.' Goodreads review
'This was such an amazing book, it was so heartwarming to read. I didn't expect it to be funny but it was welcomed that's for sure. A perfect book to wind down and read at the end of the day.' Instagram review
'I was not expecting this one to make me cry and laugh simultaneously, but it did. Quick read, well written, and relatable. Great for a weekend read!' Instagram review
'Entranced by the humour and comedic characters such as the eco-warrior husband Lonny and the foul-mouthed new neighbour Dawn. I really enjoyed the read, a great summer pick me up' Instagram review
'I so enjoyed reading Friends And Neighbours by Ruth Torjussen, it has humour, much drama and may I say that the characters are really quite unique. This book was very relatable on a personal level especially to Jenny. Ruth has simply done a smashing job of getting the reader to feel the emotion through her writing; she's made me laugh and cry; which proves to me how good this book is! I really enjoyed Jenny's eco and garden loving husband he was quite cool and I loved his utter devotion to his wife. Really great read, I highly recommend it!' Instagram review.
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About the Author
Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer.
She is a passionate advocate of eating local food grown through regenerative farming as the answer to climate change. She writes novels and scripts across different genres but always with an eye on what faces us in the next decade.
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