Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd
As a counsellor, based in Exeter's Cathedral Green, Evie Adams ponders the extraordinary circumstances surrounding her latest clients, and the way they've impacted upon her own life. On the one hand is Phoebe, terrified that a distant relation is going to contest her deceased mother's will. On the other is Matt, seeking, with Evie's help,to solve the mystery surrounding his biological parentage - all of which raises the question again and again as to whether adoption equates to being chosen or cheated. Waiting for the higher ferry to take her across the River Dart from Dartmouth to Kingswear, Evie can't help equating it to some people's real-life experiences. Back and forth they ply, driven by an outside force; tethered to a lifestyle that inhibits freedom. Is Matt's cousin one of them, Evie wonders? Will she ever be unleashed, and thus be enabled to follow her dreams.
With nearly a dozen books behind her, one of which reached number four on The Sunday Times Bestseller list, Merrilyn Williams has now turned to fiction and writes under her maiden name, Mel Menzies. Her second novel, Time to Shine, was published in 2015. Drawing on her personal experience in dealing with divorce, debt, and her daughter's drug addiction and subsequent death, she aims to comfort others with the comfort she has received. A former chair of ACW and secretary to American author Paul Gallico, she is actively involved in a large church in Torquay, runs a book club and writers' group and, now a grandmother, has been happily remarried for many years.