Fiona and the Whale
With her personal life on the rocks, it’s going to take a whale sized miracle to keep her afloat.
Event planner Fiona Reeves did not have her husband’s sudden departure on her schedule. However, she’s certain that it’s only a hiccup and he’ll be back in no time, begging for forgiveness. Fortunately there’s a distraction of mammoth proportions swimming in the River Thames.
Absorbed by the story of Martha the sperm whale, Fiona attempts to carry on life as usual as she awaits her husband’s return. However, nothing can prepare her for the dramatic turn of events that throws her life into ever greater turmoil. The road ahead has many paths and for Fiona it’s time to sink or swim.
Fiona and the Whale is a poignant and often hilarious contemporary fiction novel. If you enjoy topical tales, second chances and a little bit of romance, you’ll love this new book from the Kindle Storyteller Award Winner, Hannah Lynn.
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For those who don’t know, in my day job, I work as an marine environmental consultant, and at university, I trained to become a Marine Mammal Medic, shown the skills to help stranded whales, dolphins and seals. Although Martha is a fictionalised version of the Thames Whale, I remember being glued to the screen, frantically watching to see what the medics and vets were doing, and being heartbroken at the ending the poor thing met with. So, when I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to read it. I’m so glad I did.
I’ll be honest, Fiona does not start this novel as an overly likeable character. You can see her husband’s points when they have their initial argument. But as things progress, and Martha makes her appearance in the story, I really warmed to Fiona, and her tortuous discovery definitely hit home.
There is a strong message to this book (which I will not spoil for you – the story tells it much better anyway), and it is one which needs telling. Reading it in a contemporary novel is wonderful, as it is just one strand amongst several in the novel, all tied together so beautifully, that although you cannot help notice it, you never feel preached at.
Definitely a whale of a tale, and one I would heartily recommend to anyone who wants a story with a message.
Hannah Lynn is an award-winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Gold Medal for Best Adult Fiction ebook at this year’s IPPY Awards – and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.
While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.
She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.
Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.
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