Hello Welcome

Hello Welcome

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Two people separated by age, distance and culture. Both suffering emotionally. Martin at home in Ireland, grieving for his wife who had died some seven years previously, and Joy a bar girl in Thailand with all that entails.

In the years following his wife’s death, Martin has sought solace through spirituality and has become a collector of reverent figurines. He travels to Thailand to attend an auction and is robbed by a street thief. In giving chase, he finds himself in Joy’s bar and an odd but honest friendship is born. As a mutual respect is developed, both Martin and Joy struggle to contain their growing affections for each other as obstacles mount against them.  

There is opposition from Martin’s family and there is a bureaucracy that threatens to overwhelm them as they try to forge a way forward. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil and abject poverty, Hello Welcome tells the bittersweet truth that sometimes, you will not be punished for your love…you will be punished by it.

Bradshaw

Bill
Bradshaw

Bill Bradshaw was a prison officer with the Irish Prison Service for over fifteen years. During his service, he was posted in Mountjoy Prison and Limerick Jail. In 2004, he wrote the bestselling novel From the Horse’s Mouth – A Jailer’s Tale. The book was added to the essential reading list for the Custodial Studies course at The University of Phoenix. In 2012, Bill took early retirement from the service to concentrate on his writing. He has several film scripts in development and he wrote/directed the multi-award winning short film The Long Night Followed. He lives on the west coast of Ireland where he drinks beer and concentrates on the future.

Reviews

by
Marie Claire Moore
5
Hello Welcome was the ultimate comfort read for me. A heart warming experience that was emotionally gratifying and wholly rewarding. When I got to the last line, I just sat in silence and let the moment reduce me to a great puddle of tears. A beautiful, bittersweet portrait of life.
by
Arthur Keegan
5
Hello Welcome is a small book with a huge story. It's a triumph of hope over adversity and we finish the book in the grandstands cheering all the way down the final furlong. A winner from start to finish.
by
Sara English
5
I love story-in-story novels. Hello Welcome has that. There are so many interesting characters and each is given a time to shine. I have often thought about visiting Thailand and this book made the decision for me. A really great read and so very enjoyable. I will bring it with me on my travels.

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