Mrs Narwhal’s Diary – Blog Tour #Damppebbles

“It was Woman’s Hour who suggested I keep a diary. They said it was good for mental health, and I must say I did feel much less frazzled after writing everything down yesterday. The frustrations were all still there, but somehow smoothed out – as if by a really good steam iron.”

Mrs Narwhal is overwhelmed. Her husband, Hugh, is unkind and unhappy – working every hour at a job he hates to save the ancestral home he never wanted. Then there’s Hugh’s sister, Rose, who’s spurned her one true love, and ricochets from drama to drama; and not to mention two small boys to bring up safely in a house that could crumble around their ears at any moment…

When Hugh’s pride receives a fatal blow, and he walks out, Mrs Narwhal is plunged into a crisis of both heart and home. With help from Rose she sets out to save the house her husband couldn’t. But now that Hugh’s gone, the question must be faced: does Mrs Narwhal really want him back?

Funny, charming, and moving, Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is an irresistible story which will enchant and delight its readers.

S J Norbury lives in Herefordshire with her family. Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is her first novel.

In Mrs Nawhal’s diary, SJ Norbury shows her extraordinary gift for illuminating the small but important details which make us human. She is that rare writer who makes us laugh whilst reminding us of the joy, and the challenges, of being alive.

Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of #MrsNarwhalsDiary today and it’s an actual tour today because I’m posting this from gorgeous Perthshire this morning on a weekend break. It’s wonderful to be curled up with a great book after a windy walk. The wood burning stove is lit and the I’m looking forward to a gin as soon as it’s past 6 o’clock!

I’m feeling like I really have come to know Mrs Narwhal after living through these events with her – Thank you so much to Emma Welton aka Damppebbles for inviting me on the tour, it has been a great way to kick off my weekend!

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I absolutely loved this book. It’s a warm and uplifting read that will genuinely draw you into its community and let you feel part of Mrs Narwhal’s world as she tries to navigate life and all the curveballs that it throws her at Narwhal Hall after Husband Hugh has ‘gone off’ and she is left to think hard about the direction her life is going and how she wants to steer her ship.

Mrs Narwhal was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When I was reading about her marital life and all of the eclectic and eccentric characters that form part of it and the many areas to navigate as she tries to keep afloat – such as her upholstery and other ventures , it’s an easy sentiment to connect with – I’m sure lots of you will have had that feeling when you think your life is toodling alog fine and then all of a sudden you end up in situations that you could never have anticipated. Thebook has lots of gently humorous moments, as she begins to configure her life again – and you will be creasing up, hearing about some of the situations she finds herself caught up in.

Her family and friends bring much to the story and it is the way that their lives interconnect and other assorted oddities is one of the best things about this book. You will have had lots of these moments yourself where you’ve ended up finding things in common with people you’d never have imagined and this novel does a great job of stitching all its diverse moments together and making you feel like these are people that have become part of our life too.

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Even if you haven’t read anything like this before, I guarantee that you will find charm, humour and much to think about within its pages. There were loads of moments in Mrs Narwhal’s journey that I really connected with – her odd reflections and off-the-cuff comments are totally unique and I found some parts of her story absolutely hilarious. Her sister in law Rose was a stand-out character for me and I loved the way that you get a real sense of her genius for catastrophe reaching through the pages

S J Norbury has a real genuis for describing some of the absurdities f modern life n a wholly relatable and engaging way. It presents a picture of a unique, hilarious and memorable period in Narwhal family life and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment as I was reading it I would absolutely love to see this fabulous trilogy on our screens in the future. When you read the ‘roll of honour’ below, you’ll see that there are so many fans of her writing that are far more eminent than myself – so you don’t just have to take MY word for it…

Buy yourself a copy here and enjoy meeting Mrs Narwhal and experiencing a slice of her unique, eclectic and interesting life for yourself…

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S J Norbury lives in Herefordshire with her family. Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is her first novel.

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