Mixed Feelings - A True Story

Product code: 9781912056545
Lis McDermott
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Not your average love story…

In an age where people increasingly worry about their looks, age and being socially accepted, read the story of Lis and Conrad.

Twelve years apart in age and growing up with very different social, cultural and educational backgrounds, Lis and Conrad meet on the dance floors of Cheltenham. On paper they should have nothing in common…

Despite their disparate experiences, they find they have a lot in common, they enjoy each other’s company, and they fall in love. Their relationship faces a tide of disapproval, racism and ignorance from all sides, from loved ones to strangers. Most come to see their errors of judgement, but others do not, and are left at the wayside.

Mixed Feelings is an unusual and lively story, challenging society’s fixed ideas and helping forge a way for the next generation.


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Edward Barham - Langley Burrell, Wiltshire, UK SN15 4LF
Mixed Feelings is a well told, uplifting true story for our still conflicted, polarised times. The ‘parallel lives’ format works really well and the lists of background historical events for each decade give intriguing pointers to how the individual worlds of Lis and Conrad are distantly affected. Because this is a tale about cultures and how inner strength and quiet conviction stand higher than the petty but very real barriers we seem to throw up to deal with difference. Read Mixed Feelings and be refreshed in that old truth that love does indeed conquer all, not by heroic struggle but by the equally courageous strategy of reducing prejudice to its true size. Lis and Conrad’s story show us how much better and more dignified our world could be, and they are very brave to have shared it with us.
Lyn - Amazon
This s a story of two lives and how they wind through the world until they come together into a true love story. A delightfully easy read with an inspiring message that love can cross the divide of age and race. Highly recommended
Abbie - Amazon
What a wonderful and inspiring book. A modern day Romeo and Juliet! The honest and open account of two people who fell in love and defied any prejudices. I loved the historical time lines alongside the authors own recollections which added even more interest. And the way the author writes, it feels like she is sat next to you, telling you about their lives. A lovely way to spend my morning, with a cup of tea and this charming book
Edward - Amazon
A brave and uplifting book. The ‘parallel lives’ and background events formats work very well in giving pointers to how cultural barriers try to deal with difference. Read Mixed Feelings and be refreshed in that old truth that love conquers all through the inner strength and deep conviction that shrinks the world’s prejudice to its true size. Lis and Conrad's story is one of quiet courage and real human dignity - still the best way to overcome the ignorance that sought to separate two such admirable and inspiring people.
Amazon Customer - Amazon
Lis McDermott is a very brave lady, writing so candidly about her and Conrad's lives and about all the ups and downs of their improbable relationship. I enjoyed the book immensely as it flows naturally through the years detailing events in their lives and their hopes and fears. I like the way that at the beginning of each decade Lis lists world events. Although most don't impinge directly on their story it gives the reader a sense of the way the world was at that time. Call me just plain nosey, but I really liked reading the personal content of this book. On a more serious note, this book makes us question societies’ assumptions and prejudices. Cupid’s arrow has none of these!
Mary - Amazon
A beautiful book, beautifully written. I loved this book. Easy to read and an ideal read over a cuppa. A book about true love and how two soul mates found each other. Their life stories intertwine throughout the book leading to the moment they met, fell in love and then the consequent struggles and prejudices they faced because of colour and age difference. A book full of hope and joy, their love shines through each page. Bravely written and I like the historical view at the beginning of each decade. A lot of research there. A book which proves that love conquers all and has no boundary whatsoever. This book would make a lovely stocking filler - but make sure you read it first.
Hilary Faulkner - Amazon
A very warm and uplifting book, showing how love conquers all. Despite being where we are now in 2018 there is still so much discrimination against mixed marriages which is so ridiculous. This book shows the bravery of Lis and Conrad and their strength to ride the ups and downs of family and friends differing opinions. A great read, I couldn't put it down. Well priced and would make an excellent Christmas stocking filler.
Sue - Wiltshire
Wow! I've just finished the book and couldn't put it down. I loved it, and felt very emotional in parts. It's lovely to read of the wonderful loving bond between Lis and Conrad. I also loved the historical reminders of happenings in the decades.
L B - Leicestershire
I usually know, within the first chapter of a book, whether I am going to enjoy it or not. If not then I go no further. This book I couldn’t put down for very long. It was easy to read but not childish. So interesting to read the intimate details of two people, their lives from childhood,(the good and the not-so-good), and their eventual coming-together to form a bond so strong it is to be admired. Lis speaks candidly of her life before meeting Conrad, her trials and difficulties as well as her joys and successes. The world would see this relationship as an absolute disaster in so many ways, but no! The world is wrong this time. A fantastically good read, a happy ending that continues, and an insight into what was going on in the world as their lives develop. Loved it!
Steve - UK
This book is a feel good, easy read about two people - from different backgrounds and ages - who fell in love. The context of their love really sets the scene. At a time when there is a lot of disruption and strife in the UK around immigration and a lot of nonsense spoken around it - it's good to remember that there are always stories like Lis & Conrad. People who fall in love and make it work through mutual respect, support and embracing their differences. This book is a reminder that people and their ordinary lives matter and sharing stories like this enriches all of us.
Gail - London
When two people are meant to be together, nothing can come between them. Not age or colour. As someone just a little younger than Lis, and of a mixed heritage background, this book resonated with me on so many levels. Thank you so much. A brave presentation of a very personal but also, unfortunately, a not uncommon love story. One of hope despite circumstance. Beautifully written for an easy read. Loved the layout with the historical information setting the scene for each section.
Ann -
An interesting story about how two people from very different backgrounds came together to make a great married couple. I love the honesty of this story as Lis tells it like it so openly. I enjoyed the summary of world events at the start of chapters which helped set the context and made me reflect on what I was doing at that time. It is an inspiring read about the events that touch two lives about how unlikely people connect.
Colin Field - Swindon
Lis has a way of writing that can take you back visually to the period of time she mentions. This is a story of two very different lives and how they came together and found love. I loved the historical information the book provided as well and it really did remind me of what it was like growing up as a child and how different life is now. It's a great insight into the lives of both the author and her partner and how love doesn't discriminate. A fantastic read!
Sales Academy - Chepstow
A simple read that takes you with Lis and Conrad through their lives. It’s been like having them in the room with me while I’ve been reading it. I would recommend you reading it to see how a life well lived reaps rewards Thank you for letting us into your lives both xxx

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Code 9781912056545
Weight 0.25kg