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20 Feb 2018
The third book I’m reviewing in Memoir Week is Trot On! by Tottie Limejuice
As a fan of Tottie Limejuice’s ‘Sell The Pig’ Memoir series about the author’s life in France, I was delighted to hear that there was a prequel to it all, in the form of this book ‘Trot On’.
In the other enjoyable books in the series, we hear about Tottie’s later years, after she made the life-changing and brave decision to take her elderly, dementia suffering, nearly 90yr old mother out of failing NHS care and move to France with her.
Her mother had a few good years and better care and Tottie immersed herself into French life, learning the language and became a French citizen.
As soon as this totally absorbing latest book was released, I abandoned all other books and started reading and didn’t stop until the very end.
We hear about Tottie’s marriage to an army major and with her independent spirit not really toeing the line as an Army officer’s wife.
Later she runs a holiday riding centre in the Welsh mountains. There’s a steamy affair with a very mysterious, enigmatic man.
The book is a really enjoyable read and fans of the author will no doubt jump on it and devour it too.
Well written, full of funny anecdotes about the people she met along the way and the good friends made. Also details of a sixth sense that came in very useful during an encounter with Jimmy Saville.
I think this book shows a softer side to the author, but maybe because we’re all a bit softer in our younger years.
The end bit had me crying my eyes out, so be warned. Tissues needed!
Anyone new to the series could in fact start with this one and carry on in chronological order.
I really hope there are more books in this series that started off as a trilogy.
About The Author
Retired journalist, freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither writes under various pen names for different genres. Already well known for travel memoirs as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley also writes crime fiction under the name L. M. Krier, and children’s fiction as L M Kay.
“Sell the Pig” is the first in a series of travel memoirs describing how Lesley, writing as Tottie Limejuice, decided to make the move from the UK to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia. The story continues in three further books, ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’, ‘Mother, Was It Worth It?’
and ‘Biff the Useless Mention’. Book 5 in the ‘triology’ (you need to read the books to get the joke!) will be released later in 2016.
Lesley’s first crime thriller, writing as L M Krier, ‘Baby’s Got Blue Eyes’, was published in February 2015, followed by ‘Two Little Boys’ in June 2015. Books 3 and 4 in the DI Ted Darling series, ‘When I’m Old and Grey’ and ‘Shut Up and Drive’ are now available, with Book 5 scheduled for release later in 2016.
Lesley also writes under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime-Holt, together with authors Jill Pennington and Janet Holt. Their first joint book, Take Three Birds, was published in December 2014.
Lesley is a former journalist, who has worked as both a criminal court and coroner’s court reporter. She also worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service, and for a firm investigating irregularities in offshore finance. Her other jobs have included owning and running a holiday riding centre and acting as a ‘charity mugger’, lying in wait to sign up shoppers for a wildlife charity.
Lesley’s interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening. She lives in the Auvergne region of Central France and holds dual French/British nationality. Her current dogs are two rescued border collies.
Want to chat with Lesley? You’ll find a Tottie Limejuice Chat Group on Facebook, with lots of photos of the Auvergne.