About the Author
Born in Ayrshire and educated at Ayr Academy, Janice Cairns has had an assortment of jobs. She's worked in child-care, law, insurance, media and creative writing. Janice lives in Edinburgh now; the city has been
home to her for the last thirty years. It is here that her dream of becoming a writer is coming true. This last year, she has polished her debut novel, 'Forgiving Nancy'. She is absorbed in the marketing for this novel currently and does feel her days in advertising
have helped with the marketing aspects of her being a writer today. In the last year or so she has also spent time developing her social media sites such as Facebook, twitter and her blog. She loves to keep these pages thriving and also is loving taking the
photographs she does for her sites. Her main passion being writing, though, it is no surprise to her to find she has a second novel brewing and evolving within her. Already some plans are gurgling in the pipeline for what might follow ' Forgiving Nancy'.
I really enjoyed this debut novel from Janice Cairns. Her love of her home city is evident is the lavish descriptions of Edinburgh – bringing alive the
shops and cafes of the 1980s. It is multilayered as we follow a young impoverished Nancy who seems to fall on her feet when she meets Max. Things are not always what they seem, however, as there are several subplots which are all brought together in the end
with at least three people seeking forgiveness. This is not your usual love story and I sense there is a lot of the author in this one. The only unresolved question I have, unless I missed it, was the relevance of the Polish girl and the ring – did she
ever return it? This is just a minor point though as it is a great first novel.