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Dear Blacksmith

Authors: Beverley Ward

Published by Valley Press

ISBN: 9781912436378

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?This wasn't the story I wanted to tell. The end happened in the middle.? Part love story, part grief memoir, Dear Blacksmith recounts the author?s brief and unconventional love affair with 'Blacksmith Paul', a maverick who lived out on the moors in the Peak District ? and the heart-rending details of her grief after his sudden death, just eight months into their relationship. Adapted from the much-loved blog Swimming Through Clouds, the story is told through a series of searingly-honest diary entries, reflections, and poems addressed to the Blacksmith. In a heartfelt rejection of 'stiff upper lip' culture, 'Writer Beverley' sheds all inhibitions to examine grief at its most raw and brutal; from planning her love?s funeral with a family that she?d never met, to learning to live alone again following the loss both of her soulmate and her mother, a few weeks earlier. A complex journey from the depths of sorrow to the beginnings of recovery, this book is a work of extraordinary sincerity; and ultimately, a hard-earned testament to the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.
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