Welcome to the Following Evan blog tour!
About the book
Published: 16th June 2016 (Self-published)
Three years on from the sudden death of her husband Matt and a subsequent miscarriage,interior designer Laura is still lost in grief, hiding out in the smart London townhouse that was going to be her family home. On the encouragement of her best friend Carla, she signs up to a dating website and receives a message from a mysterious stranger, imploring her to visit him in New York because he has seen her face in his dreams.
Five favourite things about the main protagonist, Laura.
1. She’s beautiful and intelligent
Laura is the type of woman we’d all like to be: petite and delicate, yet professionally successful and very sexy.
2. She’s strong
Once a loving daughter and wife, at the beginning of Following Evan it becomes clear that Laura’s life has been brutally destroyed. Death has robbed her of her husband, her unborn child and her parents. She is lost in despair and depression, but through the course of the book she finds the courage to free herself from the prison of her mind, where she has been locked for three, long years.
3. She trusts her instincts
Despite all that has happened to her, something deep inside of Laura tells her that fate has something in store for her. So, when she receives a series of mysterious emails from a complete stranger she takes the brave decision to go to America – even if this may appear to others as a somewhat risky choice. She is confident in her decision and doesn’t back off, even when her best friend, Carla, her main source of support, questions her actions.
4. She is calm, sensitive and people warm to her
Laura’s soft nature means that she continually has a positive impact on others. She creates a very special relationship with John, another character in the book. She misses the love of her late father, and he offers her that. Meanwhile, she supports him through a dark period in his own life. During a plane journey she provides motherly love to the girl she is seated next to, and to a young marine with PTSD.
5. She has the courage to rediscover her sexual self
At the beginning of the novel, Laura’s sexual side is non-existent, and it’s been that way since the death of her husband. As the story develops, she finds herself again and begins to feel a glimmer of optimism about her future. Her reconnection with her sexual self plays a huge part in this.
About the author
Elida May was born in Albania in 1972. Growing up in a Communist country, where access to books was severely restricted, helped to nurture her love of the written word, and she avidly read whatever genre she could get hold of, including a lot of European literature. Today Elida lives in London with her son Elidon. Following Evan is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Diary of Michael Vica.
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