About the Book:
An uplifting story of love, loss and second chances that celebrates friendship and human connections.Netta Wilde was all the things Annette Grey isn’t. Netta Wilde was raw, unchecked and just a little bit rebellious. She loved The Clash and she loved being Netta Wilde.
Annette Grey is an empty, broken woman who hardly knows her own children. Of course, it’s her own fault. She’s a bad mother. An unnatural mother. At least, that’s what her ex-husband tells her.
The one thing she is good at …the one thing that stops her from falling …is her job.
When the unthinkable happens, Annette makes a decision that sets her on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention. Along the way, her life is filled with friends, family, dogs, and jam. Lots of jam.
Suddenly anything seems possible. Even being Netta Wilde again.
But, is she brave enough to take that final step when the secrets she keeps locked inside are never too far away?
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About the Author:
Hazel Ward was born in a back-to-back house in inner city Birmingham. By the time the council knocked the house flat and packed her family off to the suburbs, she was already something of a feral child who loved adventures. Swapping derelict houses and bomb pecks for green fields and gardens was a bit of a culture shock but she rose to the occasion admirably and grew up loving outdoor spaces and animals. Especially dogs, cats and horses.
Strangely, for someone who couldn’t sit still, she also developed a ferocious reading habit and a love of words. She wrote her first novel at fifteen, along with a lot of angsty poems, and was absolutely sure she wanted to be a writer. Sadly, it all came crashing down when her seventeen-year-old self walked out of school after a spot of bother and was either too stubborn or too embarrassed to go back. It’s too long ago to remember which. What followed was a series of mind-numbingly dull jobs that paid the bills but did little to quell the restlessness inside.
Always a bit of a smart-arse, she eventually managed to talk herself into a successful corporate career that lasted over twenty years until, with the bills paid and the children grown up, she was able to wave it all goodbye and do the thing she’d always wanted to do. While taking a fiction writing course she wrote a short story about a lonely woman who was being made redundant. The story eventually became her debut novel Being Netta Wilde.
Hazel still lives in Birmingham and that’s where she does most of her writing. When she’s not there, she and her partner can be found in their holiday home in Shropshire or gadding about the country in an old motorhome. Not quite feral anymore but still up for adventures.
Ever wished you could turn the clock back and be who you used to be?
Netta Wild often wonders if she could. She used to be raw but is now a woman who hardly knows her own children. Her ex-husband tells her she’s a bad mother. Annette Gray doesn’t know how to make things right. Will she have the opportunity? Will things go right or will she fail again?
Can she ever go back to being the outgoing, confident Netta she once was? Will she be happier?
As soon as I got the blog tour invite from the publisher, I knew I wanted to meet Netta. Netta is outgoing and tells things as they are.
Something happened to change her…
I won’t go into details as it’s best if you experience the novel for yourself.
Annette has been beaten down by her ex husband’s judgement and she feels estranged from her children.
Can she go back to being the Netta she once was?
Being Netta Wilde is a gorgeous novel about looking deep inside yourself, recognising what’s wrong and having the courage to change.
Friends, a dog and jam plus a lot of support will see Netta going on a journey she never imagined….
The writing is crisp and immersive and I was swept along on Netta’s journey of discovery and transformation.
Thanks to Hazel Ward and Rachel’s Random Resources for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.