09 Oct 2015 3 Comments
Family secrets and lies rarely stay hidden…
Cara fell for the tall, dark, handsome stranger, fifty years before. Now Frederick is about to return to her life. Can true love stand the test of time?
When Cara’s granddaughter, Penelope, flees her home to escape a violent husband, Cara’s world is turned upside down. She returns to Huddlesea, the town she grew up in. Her estranged sister Gloria is less than happy to see her again. Can they rebuild their relationship after the tragic circumstances that tore them apart?
Benjamin, Cara’s eldest son, has been missing for sixteen years. She longs to see him again. Will their reunion be everything she had hoped for?
In this romantic drama, history repeats itself for a family lost in secrets.
After the lies, the TIME has come to TELL.
Published: October 14, 2015
Trailer for A Time to Tell found on YouTube:
About the Book Interview with Maria Savva:
Which is your favorite minor character and why?
Toby the cat. He only appears in one scene, but it’s a good one, and I have a soft spot for cats 😉 If you mean human characters, then it’s probably the mother with the little green car who is watched by Cara from the bedroom window. I like the way she appeared again towards the end of the book as it links back nicely to the start of the novel. Again, it’s only a brief appearance but something that I think adds a little something extra to the book. I’m not sure why that scene stands out for me.
What is your favorite personality trait of your main character?
As has been pointed out by a few people, my main character Cara can be annoying because of her stubborn nature. She is quite hypocritical, but I think that part of her nature reflects the real world and the fact that we can usually see other people’s faults but not our own. So my favourite personality trait would be that she is annoying.
Your character is at a bookstore. Which section is she shopping in? What book is in her hand right now?
Cara is quite romantic at heart, so she’d be shopping in the romantic fiction section. She’d probably be holding Gone With The Wind.
Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one?
That’s a good question. Why should they? They probably shouldn’t, but I hope they do. It’s just something I made up, but even after reading it over 100 times, I still like the story and I hope that means others will too. I think the ‘stand out’ thing, in my mind, about A Time to Tell is that it is all about the endurance of love and that strange phenomenon of ‘love at first sight’. It was inspired by me falling in love at first sight and being sure that I knew the man, ‘recognising’ him, even before I’d met him. It was unrequited and nearly 25 years ago, but it still fascinates me to this day. Yes, I am weird, but you knew that already
Fiction can often provide powerful life lessons. What message do you hope readers get from your book?
As with all my fiction, A Time to Tell is a study of human nature. I always hope that readers will find at least one character in my books that they can relate to. I believe that no matter how different we all think we are, there are certain fundamental elements to the human condition that unite us. Books are meant to comfort as well as teach, and it’s my hope that someone will read something I write and realise that they are not alone. I sometimes set out with a message I want to convey when I start writing something, but I’ve learnt that everyone will get something different from a book they read; it all depends on our own life experiences. People always read the right book at the right time, though, of that I am certain; it’s happened too many times in my own life for it to be a coincidence. The important thing is I hope it will entertain people and maybe show them a different way to look at things. I always like to make people think.
Thanks for reading.