Monday, 6 February 2017

Blog Tour: Mary's the Name by Ross Sayers

I'm taking part in my very first blog tour today! You can see all the other bloggers taking part below:

Debut Author, Ross Sayer's book Mary's the Name was published by Cranachan Publishing on 30th January and you can buy your copy HERE. Ross's book launch took place last week in Stirling and was jam packed, people were turned away as it was so busy (!) and they ran out of books! You can read Sharon's (@sbairden) review of the evening HERE.

From the back of the book:

An eight-year-old girl and her granpa are on the run...

"When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn't have guns like that in Scotland. That must've been why the robbers used hammers".

Orphaned Mary lives with her granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her granpa is involved. And the robbers are coming after him - and their money.

Mary's quirky outlook on life, loss and her love of all things Elvis, will capture your hear. Full of witty Scots banter, Mary's the name will have you reaching for the hankies, first with laughter, then with tears".

My thoughts?

I absolutely loved this gem of a book told through Mary's eyes which is set in Stirling and Portree (I so loved re-visiting the Isle of Skye through Mary's eyes as I'd worked there one summer). Mary and her granpa are on the run although Mary believes she's on holiday and will be going back to school after the break.

Mary was quite a loner at school in Stirling having been dumped by someone who she thought was a friend so I was happy that she meets new friend Grace in Portree.

Her granpa is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he worked and the robbers will do almost anything to get their money back..and yes..that Elvis mask is weaved into the story!

Full of laugh out loud moments, Scottish banter and with a sprinkling of sadness. I just loved it and highly recommend. In fact, it's one of my favourite books of 2017.

Thanks to Cranachan Publishing for an advanced copy of the book

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