Kev Richardson outdoes himself in telling the tale of lasting love that inspired his life. In A Home for Old Ladies, Richardson touches your heartstrings recounting Evan and Maggie’s tale of inner-fire at first sight, the joy of a lasting relationship as they follow their individual careers, and the cozy evenings spent together by an open hearth. The extensive renovation of the family’s estate, Stanford Lodge, is the very power that holds the family unit together until daughter, Leanne and her brother, Paul, grow up to follow their own paths. I fell in love with Evan Robson and his sweet relationship with Maggie. The love scenes are so dear, so tender and so touching I wished I could be she.
Jo Ellen Conger
Conger Book Reviews - USA
A Home For Old Ladies is restored from derelict to what its time-worn patients would have imagined of their hospice in its heyday. They had watched it die. New generation lovers use those old ladies’ dreams as inspiration for restoration. Such labours of love exemplify how togetherness, understanding, conjoining—all the essences of sharing can help remould an already shattered family. Every essence of solidarity proves essential in the renaissance of such a home, the bonding of family love that undoubtedly inspired its creation.
Richardson overlays his own experiences on such a backdrop, sharing with his Maggie, an inspiring tale of absorbing all such negatives as doubt, insecurity and fear of rejection. Can externally injected family rifts be overcome with the shared joy of together building a new environment?
Aussie eBook Reviews
A Home for Old Ladies is a charming read from the first to the last page, a story of an Australian family in the 1970’s who strove to make each day count. Their love and support of each other made a difference. It also brought them sorrow. For a glimpse of Australia during the 1970’s, this is the book to read.
Following a career in business management at international level, Kev attained a degree in journalism to then sweat as far up the River Nile as one can get, canoe down the Amazon, flash countless rolls of film from atop the Eiffel Tower, the heights above Yosemite, the Victoria Falls et al, scream “Ole” at a Chihuahua bullfight, ride elephant trails in Thai jungles, wallow in the incredible history of Rapa Nui’s Maoi, and as convention almost demands, was mugged in Bogota. His articles on travel to exotic lands have featured in travel and airline magazines around the world.
Meanwhile, being a sixth generation descendant of Australia’s First Fleeters with an obsessive interest in Australia’s founding history, he was concerned over the generations of suppression in the education of Australians, on clouding the truth in what really happened. Years of fact-finding with the help of other dedicated researchers revealed all and Kev vowed to set the history books aright by bringing the brutal truths of convictism to light. He is well qualified to do so for as a student of First Fleet history he has presented his subject on many occasions in press, radio and television interviews. He is a Past President of ‘The First Fleet Fellowship’ and a Past Secretary of ‘The Descendants of Convicts Inc.’. During Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary he officiated in Founding celebrations in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Norfolk Island and for his work during that Bicentenary, was created Honorary Life Member of ‘The Regiment of Redcoat Descendants’.
Kev now devotes his life to writing on not only his country’s convict history, but general fiction with an Australian flavour. He recognises the growing trend towards digital reading so follows the world’s top authors in publishing his works both as traditional paperbacks and eBooks.
His Gurrewa and Brogan series released by Wings ePress are followed by Letitia Munro in October 2008, To Plough Van Diemen’s Land in June 2009 and The Terrible Truths in December 2009, the last three being more works on his country’s convict beginnings. Short synopses of all can be read on www.kev-richardson.com. And more works are in the pipeline.
These days Kev travels less, having retired from his Gold Coast home, left his grown family and friends to write from experiences and adventures during his exciting travels, happily ensconced in the foothills of the Golden Triangle in amazing Thailand’s exotic north.