Fiction Sneak Peek: March 16, 2019 Issue

Fiction Sneak Peek A Girl's Place

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A Girl’s Place has this intriguing illustration and the write-up “Connie was only the housekeeper yet he saw her as so much more….” I bet you can guess the story, but you really have to read it to fully appreciate the charm and humour writer Alison Carter brings to it.

It always seems especially sad to me when sisters become estranged. In A Sea Change by Alyson Hilbourne, it’s been 15 years since they last saw each other. How do they bridge that gap?

You’ll often read about how a song brought a couple together, but in Forgiving Gene Pitney by Gail Richards, it almost kept them apart. Gail’s our Writer of the Week talking to Lucy about her story.

A stunning picture of woodpeckers illustrates Della Galton’s story Pastures New about choosing a new home.

This is our St Patrick’s Day edition so of course we have a story titled The Luck Of The Irish by Eirin Thompson.

Do you remember learning to tie your shoelaces? Or teaching your youngsters? Neither is easy, as both Noah and his mum find in Noah’s Knots by Teresa Ashby, illustrated by Tracy Fennell.

The Delights Of Dumyat by Sharon Haston is a poignant tale, with Louise revisiting the hill that’s always meant so much to her. Illustrated by Mandy Dixon.


It’s competition time in the floral art club, in Say It With Flowers by Jan Snook.

Meanwhile in Riverside, our exclusive weekly soap by Glenda Young, Mike’s still acting weird…


It’s part 2 of our new serial by Val Bonsall, Oilskins And Oil Paint. Remember last week? Morwenna was about to be evicted…. Illustration by Sailesh Thakrar.

In Designs For Life by Mark Neilson, Ailish is beginning to feel the strain. Illustrated by Helen Welsh.

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Shirley Blair

Fiction Ed Shirley’s been with the “Friend” since 2007 and calls it her dream job because she gets to read fiction all day every day. Hobbies? Well, that would be reading! She also enjoys writing fiction when she has time, long walks, travel, and watching Scandi thrillers on TV.