Thursday Themes

Thursday Themes – Megan Mayfair

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After an extended break, I’m delighted to start the new season of Thursday Themes blogs by welcoming back lovely and talented Megan Mayfair.

Megan’s latest book, A Spoonful of Sugar is out this week, and having had a sneak preview, I can highly recommend this brilliant novel. Over to Megan to tell you about the themes…

Thanks Jo for hosting me on your blog!

Spoonful of Sugar - cover pic

I’m thrilled to be here today to have a chat about my latest book, A Spoonful of Sugar.


Here’s the blurb:

Rose Doyle never wanted a career. A job was fine, but it all seemed like a distraction from what she really wanted: love and family. Filling her days with fun, friends and fashion seemed like a good way to spend the time, but when a near-death experience leaves her questioning her life, she sets out to discover her purpose.

Noah Edwards is a doctor at the cross-roads. With career ambitions having drawn an irreconcilable wedge between himself and his former life on remote Bruny Island, tough decisions must be made. Will a chance meeting with Rose give him the courage to face his past?

Odette Doyle is a woman on the edge. After years of questioning her marriage, a heart-breaking discovery sees her finally start a new chapter in her life.

As Rose and Noah grow closer, Odette worries her daughter may make the same mistakes she made in her life. Will her deepest secret protect Rose’s future, or will it tear mother and daughter apart?


The themes:

A Spoonful of Sugar, is a standalone novel but it also is the third book in my Tangled Vines series, with each book telling the story of three siblings – Frederick Doyle (Tangled Vines), Marigold Doyle (The Problem with Perfect) and finally the youngest sibling, Rose Doyle (A Spoonful of Sugar).

Like the other books, this book is about family, and more specifically, our roles within our families. The ones we take on, and the ones we are assigned.

Across each of the three books we see the siblings see themselves differently to how the others see them. They all feel pressures in their own way – Frederick to exercise his own will, Marigold to live up to unrealistic standards of perfection and Rose to find meaning in her life. Meanwhile, in other ways, their siblings see they have already achieved these. Frederick and Rose both marvel at how smooth and organised Marigold is, for instance.

It was so much fun to round out the siblings with A Spoonful of Sugar and follow Rose’s quest to find meaning in her life.

You can purchase A Spoonful of Sugar at


About the author:

Megan Mayfair is an Australian writer who writes women’s fiction with a dash of family intrigue, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance. And a lot of heart.

Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children, loves a good cup of coffee and believes you can never have too many scarves.

Her debut novel, The Things We Leave Unsaid, is published by Crooked Cat Books, along with Tangled Vines, The Problem with Perfect and A Spoonful of Sugar.

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