#ShareAReviewDay – Let It Go: Look to the Living by Anita Dawes

This morning,  I have the pleasure of welcoming author Anita Dawes to The Write Stuff. Anita is sharing a review of her novel, Let it Go: Look to the Living. I know you’ll enjoy reading this one, and will want to share it far and wide. Enjoy!


Mae Clair
5.0 out of 5 starsA fantastic look at family relationships
10 December 2017

A fantastic look at family dynamics through the eyes of Mary, a fifteen-year-old who is older and wiser than her years. When her father wins a guest house in a card game, Mary’s has to adjust to a new life in Cornwall. In addition to her parents and sister, Mary also has her beloved grandmother, Nan, to aid in that adjustment.

This book is filled with wonderful characters and effortless writing. I adored the relationship between Mary and Nan. As narrator, Mary does an excellent job in allowing us to see the world through her eyes. From the vivid place descriptions, to the strengths and weakness in the people around her, including her own family, the reader sees scars, faults and triumphs.

The plot thread with Mary’s sister Sally, and how the family rallies around her when she runs afoul of three local women is especially strong. I also liked the thread with Spike, an unexpected “lodger” and how his story line turned out. The author has a great style, and hooked me immediately. I plan to seek out more of her books. Consider me a fan!


You read about families where everyone is happy and life is wonderful.

That wasn’t my family.

My mother coped patiently with a drunken, obsessive gambler of a husband and a daughter with an insatiable sexual appetite. I loved my father, but he kept us one step away from the poor house. Loving my sister was harder, basically because she hated me and constantly brought trouble to our door.

Me ? I couldn’t wait to grow up and live my own life.

Then everything changed. Dad won a guest house in a card game, and suddenly we were off to a new life in Cornwall. A beautiful place, steeped in legend and mystery.
Would trouble leave us alone now, or was it merely biding its time?

When I found an old diary, telling ofm urder and betrayal right where we were living, I began to realise that even somewhere as lovely as Cornwall, dark and disturbing things happened to other people too.

Somehow everything seemed linked, and as one more disaster struck our family, it seemed we were doomed, unless I could find a way to make it stop.

Author Anita Dawes

Hi, my name is Anita and although I am over 70, I am by no means a ‘silver surfer’. I have been writing fiction for a while now but never been picked up by the mainstream publishers. They all loved what I wrote, but said it was hard to slot them into a category! It came tantalisingly close with Bad Moon, but no cigar, as they say.

After going several rounds with various mainstream publishers, I realised I would have to try something else. I saved the rejection letters because most of them had very encouraging comments. I even wrote to James Herbert once and he was so very kind and supportive.

When I retired, and with the help of my sister-in-law Jaye, I decided to dust off some of my manuscripts and try to achieve the impossible.

I am a paper and pencil girl. You could chain me to a computer for years and nothing would happen! Jaye is managing to cope with it, but then she has much more patience than I do. (She is as stubborn as a mule, which helps!)

They say you are never too old to learn, but in my case never is another word for infinity!

I thank God for my family, for I have a second chance to find out if anyone out there likes the kind of books I write…

Buy Let it Go: Look to the Living HERE

Find Anita and Jaye on Social Media here:

Anita’s email:       jenanita01@btinternet.com
Jaye’s email         jayemarie01@btinternet.com
Website/blog         https://jenanita01.com
Facebook               https://anita.dawes.37
Twitter                   https://twitter.com/jaydawes2
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8638857.Jaye_Marie
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586480.Anita_Dawes
Author Page   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK/
Author Page   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10/
Pinterest         https://www.pinterest.com/anitajaydawes
Bloglovin       https://www.bloglovin.com/v2/own_profile






43 thoughts on “#ShareAReviewDay – Let It Go: Look to the Living by Anita Dawes

  1. How wonderful to see my review of this fantastic book featured here. I LOVED this story and highly recommend it. I was blown away by the writing. Congrats to Anita on delivering a well-told tale!

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    • Ditto, Deb! Love Mae’s review AND have the book on my Kindle, too. 😀 (And I’m glad you noticed that I finally figured out how to post this on Literary Divas. It was ridiculously easy, and I’m sorry I never spotted that drop down menu before. I just never click on the FB button because all TWS posts are automatically shared on my OWN FB writer’s page, so I never had occasion to look at it more closely. Doh! *headsmack here* )

      Thanks for stopping by today and for all the sharing you do, daily. You ROCK, my friend! ❤

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      • My pleasure Marsh. And so happy I taught you that little trick. I’m trying to spread the awareness to authors to share their reviews for their books and for those they’ve read on our Literary review page and I’m sure readers there are getting tired of seeing my posts all the time, lol. Nice to have other authors and bloggers sharing reviews they read anywhere directly to the group,. ❤ Hugs for sharing!!! 🙂 ❤

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  2. Thank you, Anita, for taking part in #ShareAReviewDay this morning. I’m so pleased to have you here, and hope that you get LOTS of new eyes on your work! Lovely review, and it’s really a pleasure to get it out there in front of more folks. 🙂 ❤


  3. Great review of an intriguing book. It is an uphill struggle for us Indies to be seen above the shiny promotions of mainstream publishers and I think it’s great that you’re giving your ‘book babies’ another go. Fingers crossed that this time you’ll get the recognition you deserve – I’m rooting for you!

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