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Freecycling for Beginners by Misha M. Herwin - Book Blitz

Freecycling for Beginners

The time has come for Jane to sell the family home. Downsizing to a flat means that everything must go, but her late husband’s favourite chair is far too precious for the tip.

Meanwhile, Robyn, balancing her precarious career as a portrait artist with raising an autistic son, is searching for a chair with panache that will allow her sitters to pose in comfort.

Elsewhere in the city, Tracey is clearing out her wardrobe at the same moment that divorced and cash-strapped Debbie is frantically seeking a prom dress for her daughter.

None of these women have ever met until Freecycle brings them together and their lives are about to be changed in ways they could never have imagined.

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Misha M Herwin is a writer of women’s fiction and books for children. Her latest novel “Freecycling for Beginners” was published by Penkhull Press on September 16th.

When Jane is widowed she decides that she will downsize and move closer to her daughter. There is only one thing she finds hard to part with−her husband’s favourite chair. Leaving it till the last minute to find it a home, she is standing in his study remembering when they were penniless students buying furniture for their first home.

“The chair was every bit as awkward to get up the hill and into their first floor flat as they had envisaged. After heaving and tugging it up the stairs with Jane pulling and Hugh pushing it step by step, he managed to balance it against the bannister while she searched in her pocket for the key. As soon as she had the door open, Hugh tipped the chair from its perch and leaned his shoulder against its back. There was a moment of resistance, then he gave it a hard shove and it burst through the frame like a cork from a bottle and skittered across the bare floorboards until it came to rest beside the hideous gas fire as if this was where it had always belonged.

“Result!” Hugh thrust his arms into the air, as if he had scored a winning goal. He strode over to the chair and plonking himself down waved a lordly hand in Jane’s direction. “Tea, woman,” he commanded.

“Oh no you don’t,” Jane said. “Just because you’ve got the chair you don’t need to think I’m going to wait on you hand and foot.”

“And why not?”

“Because,” she sat down on his lap and put her arms around his neck. “Because,” she whispered, “we don’t do it like that here.”

His lips met hers. His hands slid beneath her T-shirt.

Later they made tea together in the narrow kitchen and carried their mugs back into the living room. She drew the curtains, shutting out the cold night, while he lit the fire and they sat together by the flickering gas flames; Hugh in the chair and she on the hearth rug, toasting her toes and leaning back against his knees.

“You know something,” Hugh said after a while. “The chair makes it…”

“Look like home,” Jane finished.


“I love you,” she whispered to the boy he had been and the man he had become. From the moment she first saw him, she knew he was the one person she wanted to be with for the rest of her life. Or his life, as it turned out.

The house was sold, her belongings packed and Hugh’s old chair would not fit into her sleek modern apartment overlooking the river.

“Move on,” Anna had told her and Jane was ready. She would never forget Hugh and the years they’d had together, but it was time to be practical and start the next phase of her life.

There was only one thing left to do. She pulled out her phone, found the Freecycle site, took a picture and posted, Offered: one old-fashioned armchair. Upholstery a little worn. Then she pressed send.”

If you’ve enjoyed this sample, then you can read more in “Freecycling for Beginners.” The book is available as an e-book, can be ordered from all good bookshops or from

Author Bio – Misha M Herwin is a Staffordshire based writer. When not writing she runs workshops for adults and children, including youth groups at the New Vic Theatre, and events such as the 6x6 Story CafĂ© for Stoke Libraries. She spends what spare time she has with family and friends, reading, working in her garden and baking. Scones are a speciality.

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