Delighted to be able to give a shout-out to Not Having it All by Jennie Ensor. Jennie recently got back the publishing rights, so it was the ideal time to think about a makeover. The result is a modern, vibrant cover to better reflect it’s funny, feel-good vibe and a slightly edited content. Available in eBook from 15th with the paperback to follow shortly.
What’s the book about?
This is the story of four middle-aged people who are definitely NOT having
it all. Meet Bea, Kurt, Maddie and Colin.
Senior lecturer Bea Hudson juggles her job at the ‘Psycho Lab’ with looking
after her demanding five-year-old daughter, badly-behaved dog and next-to-
useless au pair. When her chief exec husband is sent overseas and she’s left
without childcare, Bea turns to best friend Maddie for help.
Kurt, downing whiskies in his hotel room as he imagines what his wife is up to,
is convinced that Bea is becoming a little too friendly with Maddie. With
characteristic obsession he enlists his neighbour’s help in a secret surveillance
Found-object artist Maddie longs for a child of her own with a man she can trust
– and he must love cats.
Divorced, risk-averse Colin is a senior manager at ‘the nation’s number one
pussy insurer’. When he meets Maddie in a lift he’s smitten, and resolves to
displace Maddie’s feline companions on her sofa. But he starts to fear that
Maddie sees him only as ‘a handy stud with a fat wallet’.
Can Bea and Kurt find happiness again? Can Maddie and Colin overcome
their fears and risk falling in love?
If you enjoy novels with depth, heart and humour, you’ll love this razor-sharp
romantic comedy like no other.
What reader’s think
We all know the idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” so, as well as appreciating the artwork, take a look at what reader’s have to say about the book:-
“I read most of the book with a smile on my face; a fabulous bit of feel-good fiction” – The Book Magnet
“There’s drama, humour and love in there and I loved it!!” – Ginger Book Geek
“a light-hearted read but also a book that made me think, and I loved every minute that I spent reading it. Not Having It All is witty and fun, and makes you appreciate the life you have all the more” – Rather Too Fond Of Books
“A novel of multiple points of view that provides a roller-coaster ride for the reader.” – Rose Alexander, author of Along the Endless River, Under An Amber Sky and Garden Of Stars
“compelling, light hearted and funny” – Dash Fan Book Reviews
“I laughed so hard at times I was afraid that my husband thought I was going into Menopausal-Dementia-Hysteria… These characters are engaging and their stories were all melded into a wonderful novel.” – Janet’s Book Corner
“The story is just laugh out loud in parts. I honestly did!! Along with quite a lot of snorting and some understanding smiles.” – Twist and Turn Book Blog
“The author has taken everyday worries and wrapped them into a fabulous story” – Me And My Books
If your interested in purchasing a copy then the following links will help.
To tempt you further why not follow the short Blog Tour that starts on 19th Feb, it will feature guest posts, extracts and reviews.
Head over to Jennie’s Facebook page for a great giveaway to celebrate the relaunch (just click on the image).
Date of draw: 6pm GMT, 23rd February 2021
First prize: £20 National Book Tokens gift card (if winner lives in the UK) or a $25 Amazon.com eGift Card (if outside the UK), a signed paperback copy of Not Having It All plus a box of Guylian Finest Belgian Chocolates with Hazelnut Praliné Filling to enhance your reading experience.
Runner-up prize: A signed paperback copy of NHIA and a bar of chocolate’
About the Author
A Londoner with Irish heritage, Jennie Ensor began her writing career as a journalist, obtaining a Masters in Journalism (winning two awards) and covering topics from forced marriage to accidents in the mining industry. She isn’t afraid to tackle controversial issues in her novels, either: Islamic terrorism, Russian gangsters and war crimes in her debut BLIND SIDE (a psychological mystery blended with a love story), domestic abuse and sexual exploitation in her second, THE GIRL IN HIS EYES.
Her third novel NOT HAVING IT ALL, a relationship comedy, is an excursion to the brighter side of life. A new edition was published in January 2021.
Ms Ensor’s poetry has appeared in many publications including Poetry Salzburg Review, Ink Sweat and Tears. Her poem ‘Lost Connection’ placed second in the Breakout Prose category of the Fish Lockdown Prize in 2020.
In her spare time (?) she reads, walks and attempts twice-weekly yoga. She regularly cycles the punishing hills of north London and at the end of the day enjoys collapsing with a bar of chocolate/glass of strong alcohol in front of a TV crime drama.
You can follow Jennie via her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Amazon
Sounds like a book that might lift the flagging spirits! I wonder if any of us ever did have it all. Looking back to my main career building years, I thought I did. Now I’m not so sure.