It was published at the start of this month and I urge you to have a read of this lovely book as I found it a real page turner and a rollercoaster of emotions.

Karen Telling has been visiting Carvoeiro since the late 80s and their previous holidays are also mentioned in the book a long with their decision to move over. Karen Telling told me that “there is a very strong animal rescue theme running throughout the novel, as it features our beloved rescue animals, including the stories of our three kittens who adopted them in their very first year.”

They have rescued a lot of animals in that time and are still very much involved in animal rescue. Additionally, I asked what the author finds so special about living here, “I think Carvoeiro has this indefinable quality, we just felt at home and it felt like we had already been here, even though it was our first visit. We have never lost that and there is nowhere else I would rather be, it is not perfect by any means but there is still nowhere else I would rather be”.

“Another Day in Paradise” will be available to purchase in multiple bookstores in Carvoeiro and Lagoa from next week, including: The Algarve Book Cellar bookshop in Carvoeiro, Bed Warehouse in Lagoa, Rocha Brava reception and the Cepsa garage which is located on the right-hand side, when driving into Carvoeiro. The Kindle edition and the paperback copy is also available on Amazon and I must add that it has already had glowing reviews including my favourite review which really encapsulates what I thought of the book, which was that it is a “beautifully written book especially if you know and love Carvoeiro. Sometimes you laugh and sometimes you cry but this book sums up the warmth and acceptance of the Portuguese people.” Karen Telling also revealed that she is not ruling out another book as she told me that “I may well write some fiction next time or even light hearted holiday read type books.”

I am delighted to leave you with you the blurb which sums up the story perfectly and is sure to entice you to pick up this book: “A warm-hearted, autobiographical story told by an author who really knows her subject, the location and the lifestyle in a small village in the Algarve, as seen through the eyes of a British couple, who made the move seeking a quieter, more serene way of life. What lurks in the shadows of paradise, however, is a life-changing illness she has struggled with in the past and now comes to the fore. They have made Portugal their home. Will they be able to navigate the health system and succeed in getting her the urgent operation needed, to prevent her from spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair? This adds tension to an otherwise gentle, amusing, highly descriptive story, filled with wonderful observations, funny clashes of culture and an entertaining learning curve for all concerned. The dialogue is so authentic, you can hear their voices. The characters appear real and 3-dimensional and the supporting cast of cats and dogs at times threaten to steal the show. This is a fulfilling and satisfying read, uplifting, positive and makes you long for a sequel.”

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Following undertaking her university degree in English with American Literature in the UK, Cristina da Costa Brookes moved back to Portugal to pursue a career in Journalism, where she has worked at The Portugal News for 3 years. Cristina’s passion lies with Arts & Culture as well as sharing all important community-related news.

Cristina da Costa Brookes