First reader review of AMPLE MAKE THIS BED

by admin on January 30, 2020

I’m having to hand deliver review copies of my new novel to potential reviewers because the postal charges amount to more than the cost of the book. That’s not an exaggeration. I had copies packaged up and ready to send to Toronto and the postage was $18.95 per book. So all my potential Ontario reviewers will have to have  the ebook version or wait for my trip east to the Toronto area in the spring.  I’m checking out charges from FedEx, UPS and Purolator to see if they can offer a better deal than the post office…

Meantime, I’m personally dropping off review copies to everyone in the Vancouver/Victoria  who offered to post an Amazon review and hope to have some of their reviews soon. I’ve posted the first one here today:

BOOK REVIEW  BY Guy Marsden – Vancouver, January, 2020.

“AMPLE MAKE THIS BED ” is a fascinating read. Starting out with two people Ama &  Spike, both former stage actors who knew each other “well” but went their separate ways. They meet up after a span of about forty years at a wake for  a former theatre friend in a small town in Nova Scotia.

Ama is involved as an artistic director in an old Edwardian theatre in this town, and after a rather  brief but steamy reunion Ama convinces Spike to join her again in reviving this old  Edwardian  theatre, as well as igniting their former love life.

Things quickly become complicated for them as they want to live together and work together. Spike inherits an old fishing boat which needs work but they both decide it can be fixed to live aboard.

However, theatre renovations make this move awkward and Ama’s determination to make this old theatre come alive again, causes Spike to give in to her wishes and join forces with her.

Ama’s critically ill daughter as well as the stage designer’s collapse, adds to the increasing stress of the theatre renovations  and their desire to have three different productions to kick off the opening night. What seems like an impossible mission for both Ama and Spike leads us to a rather tense but somewhat successful conclusion.

TERRY OLIVER has created a complex, fast-paced page turner hard to put down once started.


If you would like to receive a free copy to review, please leave a comment below and I’ll get one to you asap. I’ll post all reviews on my website under READER REVIEWS as well as on my Facebook page.

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Penny Pitcher February 25, 2020 at 5:09 pm

Ample Make This Bed

I love Community Theatre – which is why I jumped at the chance to read Terry Oliver’s Ample Make This Bed. And, as a bonus, the pivotal characters, Ama and Spike, are my age – seniors. What a treat – these seniors are actually out there living their lives to the fullest and making every day count. Now, this is not smooth sailing – both literally AND figuratively – but, with grit and determination, Spike and Ama, who reunite after forty years, steer their way through one obstacle after another. And we’re not talking mole hills here but mountains and ocean waves – from a suicidal daughter, to a broken back, to a terminal illness, to a failing memory. BUT, as they say in the theatre, ‘The show must go on.’ ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and it took Arcadia, Nova Scotia, to raise the curtain of the Edwardian Regency Theatre. Readers are in for a turbulent ride along the way to Opening Night.
Penny Pitcher, Victoria, February 2020

admin February 26, 2020 at 11:22 am

Thanks very much Penny, for such an encouraging review. I’m pleased you enjoyed it and thanks for posting on Amazon – it means a lot to get reviews shown here. Terry

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