The Southern Belles by Katie Simpkins

The Southern Belles by Katie Simpkins #TheSouthernBelles @FusionPress1 #TheBrightonBellesSeries @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours


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Blog Tour for Katie Simpkins’s book The Southern Belles.

It’s my stop on the blog blog tour today and I am delighted to share with you my review. Thanks to Emma of Damppebbles Blog Tours for my spot on the tour. The Southern Belles is published in ebook and paperback formats by Fusion Press and was released last year.


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Not Just Any Old Riches to Rags Story.

Heiresses, Evelyn, Georgia and Olivia Belle, nicknamed The Southern Belles by the tabloid press, have everything they’ve ever wanted. Then, suddenly, on Evelyn’s 30th birthday, their father dies in a tragic road traffic accident, leaving a massive hole in his business’ finances. With the world’s media, and the National Crime Agency looking on, their family home, cars and all other assets are sold at auction, leaving the sisters penniless, homeless and jobless.

Shunned by their celebrity friends, the Belle sisters must learn to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives. Evelyn, the eldest, knows how dire their situation is, and asks their father’s solicitor, who has kindly paid for their first two months’ rent on a rat-infested bedsit in Brighton, to look into their Father’s case, while they hunt for jobs to make ends meet, which inadvertently leads to them meeting new guys, falling in love, and learning along the way that the world doesn’t owe them a favour, and that money doesn’t buy you happiness.


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A modern day cosy read, about 3 sisters who loose everything, when their father dies leaving them with no option but to sell everything he owned to pay off debts.  Distraught and leaving behind a life of pure luxury, they move out of a mansion to a tiny and somewhat disgusting sounding bedsit in Seven Dials Brighton.

With only £2000 to cover the 3 of them until they find jobs, something none of them have had before, their only possession are what they could each fit in a suitcase.

What follows is an enjoyable tale of how the 3 sisters cope with the problems of having to live a very different life and of how they each deal with the upsets and dramas they encounter.  There are a number of ‘old friends’ who only seem pleased by the sister’s fall from grace but equally other new friends to meet and help them realise that money, although useful, doesn’t equal happiness.  Each sister has a very different way of dealing with things but they are always pulling together each find romance and happiness somewhere along the way.

I enjoyed the character of Georgia the most as her reactions to some events are not what you’d may expect from a lady of wealth!  The story isn’t perhaps set in reality, but it is a warming and fun read to escape with for a couple of days.

Thank you to Emma and the publisher for my copy of the ebook.



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Duncan Brockwell A.K.A Katie Simpkins

About Katie Simpkins:

Katie Simpkins is the pseudonym for 42 year old dental technician Duncan Brockwell, from a town near Brighton, called Burgess Hill. Duncan works at Elite Dental Studios in his hometown during the day, and writes in his spare time. He is the author of The Southern Belles, his debut novel. Since writing The Belles, he has completed a further four novels, the first sequel to the Belles, The Varndean Vixens, two crime dramas, Blood Bunker and Blood Lust, a horror novel, Hellingly, set in an abandoned mental asylum, and is currently writing his first action / adventure called Trailblazer, set in the American Midwest in 1976, about an aging country singer who is being pursued  by the mob, the FBI and a nutty sheriff, while on tour with his band and getting to know his estranged daughter, Nancy. He is also attempting to write a comedy TV series script for The Southern Belles for a producer at Voyage Media.

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Publishing Information:

Published in ebook and paperback formats by Fusion Press on 24th July 2019.


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