The Matchmaker, The Milliner and The Man from Maastricht

If you are a devotee of contemporary love stories, enjoy the warm glow that you find in ‘up lit’ or simply can’t get enough of fiction with romance at its core and a warm heart, look no further than ‘The Matchmaker, The Milliner and The Man from Maastricht’ by Ali Simpson.

‘The Matchmaker, The Milliner and The Man from Maastricht’ is a story of love found between two people but also a heart-warming tale of friendship between young and old and the connections that can be made across continents and cultures.

About the author

Ali was born in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire but has been a resident of Torquay in Devon for many years. Growing up in a landlocked county, Ali soon developed a love of visiting the ocean and has been moving slowly south ever since. She now feels privileged to call the ‘English Riviera’ home.

From her home office window,  AIi can see a wide horizon across Torbay, from Berry Head to Thatcher Rock, and this ever-changing vista gives her something to contemplate when her inspiration is flagging.

Ali started her career as an ‘author’ by researching and writing speeches for top civil servants but, for the last five years, has had the privilege of editing a glossy life-style charity magazine with a readership of 35,000 plus across Devon. She is also a published non-fiction features writer, mostly focusing on people and places, historical figures and events and the natural world. When need demands, Ali has also been known to turn her hand to cookery writing and crossword compiling!

When not writing, Ali and her husband David love to travel, having lived and worked in the United States and travelled extensively, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. Ali also has a very special place in her heart for southern Africa, particularly the Western and Eastern Capes of South Africa and Zambia.

When not travelling or writing, Ali also has a love of subtitled Scandi detective series, walking for fitness and logic problems and puzzles of all kinds.

My inspiration…

Although my characters and locations are purely fictitious, I’ve been hugely inspired by my experience of sponsoring a child at Tongabezi Trust School and my travels to Zambia. If you are interested in child sponsorship, or just want to find out more about the incredible teachers and pupils and the life-changing impact of education on the children and the wider community, visit Tongabezi’s website for more details by clicking on their logo.