Daniela Hoffman’s Family Matters – series

This series (each novel complete in itself) tells the story of Daniela and her family through her teenage years. It’s the story of the bonds between mother and daughter – both doing their best to cope with overwhelming needs that frequently conflict. Most of all, it’s the story of Daniela’s journey into womanhood.

Fathers come and go, but are more important than they seem and their influence remains. The family changes, but at its core Esme and Daniela, mother and daughter, slowly work out their relationship while Dani moves ever further away.

The outside world becomes increasingly present and Daniela turns outwards to cope with inner turmoil. New experiences form turning points in her life as she experiments with friends, love and sex until finally the girlhood is gone and Daniela is a woman. She has come of age. 

Daniela Hoffman is Not Stupid by angela j. phillip. Cover page with picture of blue bicycle leaning against a red wall.
Daniela Hoffman’s Family Matters – book 1

Esme loves her daughter but needs some space and doesn’t know that Daniela is having problems at school that are driving her to the point of self harm. Dani is clever and has taught herself to be tough, but things go from bad to worse until she fears she will be thrown out. There is nowhere to turn. Her respectable mother is going off the rails while the family falls apart and Dani struggles to stop it happening. Mother and daughter love and misunderstand each other until a crisis is reached and realisations begin to emerge. A gripping family drama.   

‘This is a really, really lovely book; Dani is a flawed but fascinating heroine and her book is a heart-warming addition to the ranks of the female coming of age story.’ Francis Booth, novelist and author of Girls in Bloom: Coming of Age in the Mid-Twentieth Century Woman’s Novel.

‘At times raw and emotional; at others light and quirky (without ever being twee or fey), this novel is an utterly compelling and ultimately delightful read.’ Michael Kerrigan, freelance writer and occasional reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement.

Daniela Hoffman is Not Stupid – ebook 99p or free with Kindle Unlimited
Daniela Hoffman is Not Stupid – paperback £6.99 from Amazon
Paperback available to order from any good bookshop – Waterstones, The Book Depository etc.

If you are in the Hastings and St Leonards area, please buy locally.
Daniela Hoffman is Not Stupid – paperback £6.50
Tim Barton at Bookbuster, 39 Queens Rd, Hastings TN34 1RE, tel 01424 539726 (copies available now)
Carol Dennard at The Bookkeeper Bookshop 1a Kings Rd, St Leonards, TN37 6EA, (copies available soon)

The Third Father by angela j. phillip - book cover (picture of hand reaching out).
Daniela Hoffman’s Family Matters – book 2

Daniela has already had two fathers and is determined there will not be a third, but her mother is besotted with a man from overseas. Dani doesn’t understand what happened with her first father and she loves Daddy number two, but he’s leaving. Her family is falling apart and now there’s the prospect of yet another father figure.

She needs someone to talk to and is amazed to find herself trusting a boy from a Jamaican family who has become her secret friend. Her mother is torn between the man of her dreams and the needs of her daughter, but slowly mother and daughter begin to work things out, and Dani learns to trust and fall in love. 

  • A feel-good family drama and romance.

The Third Father – ebook 99p or free with Kindle Unlimited
The Third Father – paperback £6.99 from Amazon
Paperback available to order from any good bookshop – Waterstones, The Book Depository etc.

If you are in the Hastings and St Leonards area, please buy locally.
The Third Father – paperback £6.50
Tim Barton at Bookbuster, 39 Queens Rd, Hastings TN34 1RE, tel 01424 539726 (copies available now)
Carol Dennard at The Bookkeeper Bookshop 1a Kings Rd, St Leonards, TN37 6EA, (copies available soon)