- Title: Eleven Days in June (The Tales of Little Leaf Book 1)
- Author: R.P. Gibson Colley
- Publisher: Self Published on February 15, 2021
- Genre: General Fiction
- Pages: 233
- Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Bullying
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Eleven Days in June Blurb
Dan is happy with his life. He just hasn’t started living it yet.
Dan Whitaker is 20, lives in a sleepy village in Devon and works in a small DIY shop. He likes numbers and hero worships Lord Nelson. But he finds ordinary people difficult to understand and he’s certainly never had a girlfriend. His mother mocks him, and he misses his father and he pines for Ollie, his only childhood friend who truly understood him.
But, despite it all, Dan thinks he’s happy enough. Until one June day, the beautiful and mysterious Libby walks into his shop – and into his life.
Libby’s sudden appearance turns Dan’s ordered existence upside down. But Dan soon realises that Libby isn’t who she seems. Who exactly is she? What is she hiding, and, more importantly, who’s that threatening man always looking for her?
In trying to help Libby, Dan comes to realise what’s missing in his own life, and, in turn, appreciates what’s really important…
Part One of The Tales of Little Leaf.Goodreads
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adored Eleven Days in June. Colley’s characters are incredible. Dan is a sweet boy who reminds me so much of my son. My son is on the autism spectrum, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 8-years-old. I can see where Dan would classify as such.
Dan is sweet but naive. He doesn’t follow social cues very well and finds himself ridiculed by those around him. There were so many times that I wanted to grab him and hug him tight. I wanted to hate Libby, but in the end, I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t a fan of Roy, to begin with, but he ends up being a decent guy too.
The setting of Little Leaf is charming. I can picture myself living in a village like this one. What village would be without a guy like Albert? I would move there in a heartbeat.
There was nothing in this novel that I didn’t like. As I said, there were a lot of characters that I wanted to hate. Though, as the story went on, I found an understanding that settled my heart. I will give Dan a high-five in my mind every time I walk past a fishing gnome.
It is this love of the novel that I am awarding Eleven Days in June a full 5 stars out of 5. For a lighthearted read, I recommend picking this one up.
About the Author – R.P. Gibson Colley
I am a writer of historical fiction and short factual history.
I was born one Christmas Day, which means, as a child, I lost out on presents. Nonetheless, looking back on it, I lived a childhood with a “silver spoon in my mouth” – brought up in a rambling manor house in the beautiful Devon countryside.
It’s been downhill ever since.
I was a librarian for a long time, a noble profession. Then I started a series called History In An Hour which I sold, along with my soul, to HarperCollins UK.
I now live in London with my wife, two children and dog (a fluffy cockapoo) and write historical fiction, mainly 20th century war and misery.
Historical fiction with heart.