Welcome Everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for I Love You Billy Langley By Monika Jephcott Thomas to share my review and thoughts!
About the author (as provided in the blog tour pack)
Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. In 1966 she moved to the UK and, after a thirty-year career in education, delved into the therapeutic world where she has over twenty years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, gained with a wide variety of clients and presenting conditions.
By 1998, she and her partner Jeff established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy (APAC). This has grown to become the largest provider world-wide of post-graduate training for Play Therapists and Practitioners in Therapeutic Play Skills, in partnership with several universities and colleges.
Monika and Jeff became founder members of Play Therapy UK. Monika was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002. Their work culminated in the official recognition of the play therapy profession in 2013, an endorsement of their devotion to help the twenty per cent of children in the world who have emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts.
Her professional background has given her insight into the effect of traumatic events not only on those directly experiencing them but also on their families and the generational impact.
Publication date: 2nd April 2019
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
ISBN: Paperback 978-1912850686
Also available in Ebook format.
Pages: 228 pages (paperback)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Faye @ Authoright
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Netta (20) Can’t wait to leave Germany and teach in Brighton, England. It’s the height of the swinging 60’s, but Netta hasn’t bargained for the prejudice she’ll receive in a country full of anti-German sentiment just twenty years after the war. She finds solace in Billy, the school caretaker, with whom she falls in love. But when she takes him back to Germany at Christmas it’s Billy’s turn to be on the receiving end of a frosty welcome.
A massive thank you to Faye from Authoright and Clink Street Publishing for asking me to be apart of this great blog tour to share my review but also for kindly providing me with a paperback.
I really like this front cover, from the way the title looks like it’s been sky written with the swirly white writing and looks pretty perfect against the soft blue sky. The lady is clearly standing on the promenade with the ornate railings and across the sea is the seaside town. She is carrying a suite case wearing a red floppy hat and a navy blue dress. The author name is at the bottom of the cover and is also in white and a smaller font. I think this cover is very eye pleasing! Don’t you?
We meet Netta a 20-year-old trained teacher in Germany. She live in quite a big home with both her parents (who are both doctors and run a surgery from their home) and both set’s of grandparents. With both her parents working all the time, her grandparent’s grumpiness she is very desperate to leave the confinement of her home. When an opportunity comes up to do an exchange with an English Teacher and for her to teach German in a Brighton (Britain) school she jumps at the chance. This impending adventure is something that excites her although she will miss her circle of friends dearly.
Netta’s home life hasn’t been that good ever since the death of her sister which cast a shadow the whole family. Her parent’s throw themselves into work and rarely make time for her.
When Netta arrives in a new and foreign land she has to navigate her way from the ferry to Brighton and her accommodation; getting used to the road layout after a scary learning curve. Tired and worn out she arrives at the place she will now call home; a small flat rented from grumpy Mr Davis with his long list of house rule’s. He doesn’t even offer to help her to her flat with her belongings. As she settles in she goes to explore her surroundings, coming across a lot of prejudices when people find out she’s German. Coming across Rita who surprises Netta by befriending her instantly taking her under her wing, even though they are polar opposites.
On Netta’s first day the prejudice continues, then she meet’s the charming school caretaker Billy Langley; who has no problem with her nationality and an instant friendship is formed . Netta notices quickly that her student’s are all at different learning levels and devises a new teaching method to help her students; since the head of the languages department refuses to put them in groups of ability. Not just that but she is expected to take on after school tuition with no pay, meaning when she was done she would often bump into Billy.
In Netta’s spare time Rita drags her around to find themselves a date; when they bump into Billy and his mate Terry. They end up having a wild night of adventures, leaving Netta exhilarated in a way she had never been before, but safe in the knowledge Billy was by her side. As time goes on Billy makes his feeling for Netta very clear, Netta reciprocates and they start dating. When ever Netta is faced with nasty comments about her nationality he sticks up for her wanting to protect her and he also utters those three words I Love You but she can’t bring herself to say it even though she feels it. With Christmas fast approaching Netta asks Billy to travel home to Germany to meet her family and friends, however Billy is worried about leaving his father alone. When Rita steps in and offers to spend Christmas with him.
On their arrival to Germany the tables are turned on the prejudice front to Billy. How will Netta’s family and friend’s react to her relationship with a British man? Will Billy hear those three word’s he’s longing to hear? Or will he not hang around and Netta lose her chance of happiness and love? Will Netta get to final implement her teaching method? Or will it fall on deaf ear’s?
I Love You Billy Langley by Monika Jephcott Thomas is an interesting read not only in the story line and fictional sense but also the historical sense. Even though the story was set in the 60’s twenty years after the war the scars left behind were still visible through out Netta’s story. I liked Monika’s writing style and would defiantly consider reading more of her books in the future.
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