Men Hurt Too

Today we have a letter from Lacey’s older brother, Robert.

Lacey Taylor is the star of her own series of books, first introduced in My Husband’s Sin before moving forward in Don’t Call Me Mum. With the Lacey Taylor story due to continue in book three next year, I thought it’d be a fun and enriching experience to explore her character and her backstory in more detail. And so was born Letters From Lacey, online exclusive stories from her past to run alongside the books. I’m delighted to dive deeper into this wonderful character as time goes on! And who knows, if all goes well, I may start expanding other characters from the books too!


Dear Readers,

Lacey is resting this week, she’s not coping very well with life at the moment, so it falls to me, her brother to write a few lines. I’m Robert, her older brother but you probably know that. She’s my baby sister, sorry, you probably know that too. At the moment all our lives are up in a heap after my mother died. Gosh how I miss her. I thought losing Dad was difficult but for some reason I thought Mum was going to last forever. Stupid, I know, I just didn’t want to lose another parent.

Being an only son, I guess it was seen that I step up to the table and be man of the house. No problem, was happy to do that, but God, it was hard. I had my moments too when I wanted to hide away and cry, in fact, I did. I hid my tears from others, silly now I know since there’s nothing wrong with grieving but I was young and saw it as important to man up.

Did Lacey tell you about Mum’s great revelation? Well she floored us. I mean we never saw it coming. Not a clue. I don’t know who to be more angry at, Dad or Mum. Both are to blame, both lied to us all. I can’t get my head around it so God knows what Lacey is feeling.

Look I do my best and guys it’s more than okay to show your hurt and grief, every tear you shed, is a tribute to the love you shared with the person lost. I have my days, but time helps to heal not that you forget, you never forget.

Thanks for reading, and remember no matter how bad life gets, it can and does get better. Watch out for my little sis, she deserves happiness, but sshh don’t tell her I said that, she’ll say I’m getting soft,

Robert Taylor


If you love Lacey as much as I do, be sure to check out her series and follow for more 😊 I plan to publish each week, alongside the usual writing tips and updates you’d expect. For fans of the series, be sure to share this with your friends and family… It’s more Lacey! And you won’t find these stories in her books…

Published by marytbradford

Family is important to Mary and her writing reflects the ups and downs of it all, and what people go through daily. She has been writing short stories for several years and enjoys success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, namely Germany, India, and the US. Her stories have been both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). She plans to bring out a new collection in 2021. When one of her stories kept growing she ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. The follow up to this, Don't Call Me Mum, is available also. Both are available in paperback and eBook format on Amazon. Mary continues to write novels and short stories. She has dabbled too in writing plays and has seen her work shortlisted and performed. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing. In August 2020, she submitted her thesis for evaluation. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet or cross-stitch. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. Her children were almost raised by then and were starting to spread their wings.

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