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The charms of a Leonard Cohen tribute artist, singing Leonard Cohen songs on the Greek island of Hydra reach parts of widow, Sally Lightfoot, 50, she’d forgotten she ever possessed.

Since the death of her music producer husband, Dom, Sally had been floundering about in a suburban London life that wasn’t hers any more. Only 1 point in her 10 point plan in a self-help book, How To Win As A Widow, helps: the advice to reconnect with old friends.

Flamboyant rock chick Ramone, still working as a backup singer after all their years apart, sexes up Sally’s 10 point plan considerably. As well as buying herself a Vivienne Westwood dress (“EVERY woman should own a Westwood”) and learning to travel on her own, Sally must lose her “wididity”, her born-again virginity, before she crumbles into sexless middle-age. Though more of a Greek Cat Stevens circa 1972 than a Leonard Cohen, Loro has the all the looks and charm needed to turn her head. He’s perfect for the one night stand Sally suddenly finds herself pursuing with some gusto. And the idyllic traffic-free island, 60s home of Leonard Cohen and cool island of choice for affluent old hippies, is the perfect setting. But, though he’s the same age as her, and though they get on like a house on fire, Sally suspects Loro doesn’t see her “in that way”. Why would he when he has the fresh turnover of girls half his age singing to his (procured) songsheet?

When Sally's beautiful, moody daughter Ami turns up, Loro begins to pay Sally more attention. For all the wrong reasons. But Loro has as much to learn as Sally does about being true to himself rather than being a facsimile of somebody he’s not.

A tender, moving Truly Madly Deeply meets Shirley Valentine story of a widow’s journey from grief to acceptance to moving forwards in her life in a world where sex is everywhere but death is still the great taboo.

"Insightful and delightful, full of thoughtful dialogue and exceptional clarity." HUFFINGTON POST BOOKS

"An awesome read. Well written and highly entertaining." GEEKY GIRL REVIEWS

"Romantic, hilarious, engaging and highly perceptive." THE WRITING COACH

The character development is amazing. The book has an intensity that shows up at each page." MURPHY'S LIBRARY

"Last night I finished it before my cats got fed." ELIZABETH BACON-SMITH

"As with a coming of age story, those who are going through a similar situation can take comfort in the fact that the difficulties are universal. Those who have already been there (and those convinced they never will) can laugh at Sally's foibles." BIG AL'S BOOKS & PALS

"This is the best book ever. That's the only way to describe it!" RITA REVIEWS 

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