The Right Mr Wrong by Pat Posner

When Tiphanie tells her boyfriend she’ll have to postpone their holiday to go and help her brother look after their niece and nephew he takes it badly and the consequences are far greater than she expects them to be. 

However, as soon as Tiphanie arrives at her brother’s home in a beautiful area close the salt marshes, she feels it will help bring peace of mind. 

But that isn’t easy to come by when you throw in the crazy antics of two cats (especially as one is undergoing therapy), a couple of lively children, a visit from an old friend that isn’t what it appears to be and the irritating, irksome man across the river who draws many wrong conclusions… 

Sometimes, complications and misunderstandings can be sorted out. But are there just too many of them standing in the way of the ‘Happy Ever After’ Tiphanie dreams of?

I always enjoy Pat Posner’s lovely writing and this book was no exception.
Tiphanie is an illustrator who is too kind for her own good. At the beck and call of her family, she always puts their needs first, something which irritates her boyfriend, Howard. When Howard decides she’s put him last too many times, he sees it as justification to behave very badly indeed, something which not only ends their relationship, but leads to a terrible misunderstanding with a third party that continues to have repercussions for Tiphanie.
Kyle is a writer with a fear of heights and a dislike of cats. He also has severe trust issues after a particularly painful marriage. His mistaken beliefs about Tiphanie and his ensuing rudeness lead her to nickname him Mr Sarky, so it’s not good news for either of them when the two become neighbours – albeit temporarily.
Against the beautiful and serene backdrop of the salt marshlands, misunderstandings abound, confusion arises, and passions are stirred, as Kyle’s and Tiphanie’s paths cross repeatedly and, against all odds, find their feelings for each other changing and deepening.
But will Tiphanie’s loyalty to her family and Kyle’s lack of trust ruin any chance they have of finding lasting happiness?
This is a lovely story with a really atmospheric setting. I loved the idea of a home in an old drainage mill on the marshes, and the descriptions of the wildlife were beautiful. I could hear the frogs, see the herons in my mind’s eye, taste the salt on my lips. The author really brings the location to life and made me want to explore the area for myself.
The two lead characters are eminently likeable – even Mr Sarky, after a bit of a shaky start. Tiphanie’s kind nature and loyalty to her – at times rather selfish – family immediately made me warm to her, and, behind that judgmental and cold exterior, I could sense the pain and fear in Kyle. I was rooting for the two of them to work things out and find happiness at last.
Another delightful story from a very accomplished author.

You can buy The Right Mr Wrong here.

Christmas Roses: More Stories from Broome Park Prefab Village by Pat Posner

Welcome back to Broome Park Prefab Village for this new collection of stories set in the 1950s and celebrate Christmas and other events with the prefab families.

Rationing has ended and there are new products arriving in the shops – though when the weather is cruel, the villagers still have to find ways of ‘making do’. 

There’s love and romance for the young and not so young, worries of keeping secrets, problems and mysteries and the odd crime or two but, above all, friendship and neighbourliness. 

It was such a pleasure to head back to Broome Park Prefab Village in the company of Pat Posner. I read her previous collection of short stories and they left me with a lovely, warm cosy feeling. I felt quite nostalgic for a time that I never even knew!
This second collection of stories is just as good, and it was a delight to catch up with the residents of Broome Park and be reunited with old friends, while meeting new ones. These stories are all feel-good, with characters you really want to spend time with. Happy endings are guaranteed, and in a world that can sometimes feel harsh and cruel (and a little bit scary!) it’s a relief to be in a place where you just know everything will turn out okay, where family values still matter, and a good nature and kind heart count for a lot.
My favourite stories were Wrong Number, and Sam and Flo’s First Christmas Together, which were unashamedly romantic and sweet, but all the stories were a joy to read.
If you want to be transported to a time and a place of goodness and innocence, then this is the book for you. Settle back with a cuppa and enjoy!

Daffodil Days: Stories from the Broome Park Pre-fab Village by Pat Posner

I really enjoyed this delightful collection of short stories by Pat Posner. Set in one of the prefab villages that were hurriedly erected after the war, to provide “temporary” housing for families, they are a slice of pure nostalgia. The characters that populate this book, and the village of Broome Park, are familiar and appealing, and the stories are entertaining and gentle. They would make great Sunday night television viewing!

My own particular favourites are the heartwarming The Lucky Sixpence, and a handful of mystery stories that reminded me of grown-up versions of Enid Blyton’s Five Find-Outers series: All’s Well that Ends Well, An Exciting Blackberry Week, Penny for the Guy, Gloria’s Errand, and Something Mysterious at Broome Hall.

This is a collection of deliciously cosy and comforting stories, depicting working class life in the nineteen-fifties, featuring characters across the generations: parents and grandparents, teenagers and young children, landowners, crooks, and the sort of genial local policeman, known to everyone in the area, that we all wish still walked the beat near us.

The stories cover all seasons, and plenty of special occasions are celebrated by the residents of Broome Park. I found myself quite drawn in and celebrating alongside the characters, occasionally getting tearful as they struggled with loss, or laughing at their antics.

Daffodil Days really is a gentle, comfortable read, perfect for cosying up with, when you want to shut out the world and be taken back to a time that, on reflection, seems so lovely and so innocent. I loved every page, and highly recommend it. 5/5

You can buy Daffodil Days here.