Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Singles, Set & Match by Elaine Spires. It’s a contemporary fiction, a story about relationships, secrets and human nature.
Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series.
Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.
Singles, Set and Match
The fifth and final book in the Singles’ Series takes us to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza then back to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where it all began.
After making a hard decision two years earlier Eve Mitchell has moved on with the hand that life has dealt her and she finds herself on the White Island working a tennis holiday. While it isn’t a job she would have chosen, in her typical pragmatic way Eve gets on with it, working hard to ensure that her diverse group of singles, with their hopes, expectations character flaws and baggage, have the best time possible. And as she binds together tennis sessions, social gatherings, meals and trips Eve hears some tragic personal news that brings her to another crossroads in her life. Will she and the love of her life Melv finally make a life together and live happily ever after?
This is the fifth book in the Singles series and also the final one.
It’s contemporary fiction, a story about relationships, secrets and human nature. Everyone has their own problems to deal with, which couldn’t be more evident than on a singles trip. Everyone tends to let loose and not feel burdened by the reality of the lives they left behind, despite the fact they will have to return to them soon. It’s almost like being able to draw a curtain between the two. On one side is real life and on the other is the fantasy.
What Spires does really well is show the almost ludicrous behaviour of certain holidaymakers. A part of them believes common courtesy, etiquette and behavioural rules don’t apply, because hey nobody knows who they are when they are on holiday. Barring family and friends they have brought with them. It’s no wonder certain nationalities get a bad reputation.
In that sense I also felt sorry for Eve for having to deal with such terrible behaviour and at the same time commend her for being able to keep her cool. As the reader gets to know Eve and watches her find commonalities with others, they also experience her having an epiphany in regards to her own choices in life. Choices that have determined the paths she chose and the outcomes of her relationships.
The writing is good, however I thought there was too much going on. Too many characters pulling in a lot of different directions simultaneously to be invested in any particular one. A bit like a boatload of people falling into the sea and then having to decide which one of them to focus on and save. Not that it can’t be done, I just felt it was to the detriment of this story.