Today I am pleased to share my book review for Angelica Stone as part of a blog tour. Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and Susi Osborne for inviting me.
Book Review for Angelica Stone
Title: Angelica Stone
Author: Susi Osborne
Release Date: 26th July 2017
Following years of sexual abuse, Angelica is brought up in care. As a teenager she absconds, living on the streets, before eventually being forced into prostitution to survive. She learns to rely solely on herself and is reluctant to allow anyone to get close to her, until she forms an unlikely bond with Lola. In contrast, Lola is from what appears to be a happy middle-class background – but all is not what it seems…
Slowly, as their friendship grows, cracks start to appear in Lola’s life, and a series of events leave her on the verge of ruin. Can these women break the cycle of their lives? Or will they succumb to the path laid out before them? Angelica Stone is an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears as the women embark on a journey of self-discovery, with the support of one another.
Beneath the gorgeous cover of purple and stars is an heart-rending novel about abuse, homelessness and poverty but ultimately it is a story of the strength of the human spirit and survival.
This book is an emotional ride through the harsh realities of abuse and the ongoing consequences for everyone who is touched by it. It is gritty, heartbreaking and hard hitting; it makes you cling to the thread of hope woven throughout. At times the story is difficult to read but Angelica’s voice is an important one to hear especially in light of the recent scandals such as those affecting the girls in Rotherham.
When Lola and Angel meet, they are opposites in every way with different characters, life experiences and problems but they are both strong. It was wonderful see their friendship develop and their relationship highlights the importance of support and having someone reach out in troubled times. There were moments when my heart stopped and I wanted to scream ‘Please no’ due to the attachment I felt for to both characters. They’ll stay with me for a long time.
Would I recommend?
Grab your hankies and read this book.
Susi Osborne is the author of The Ripples of Life, Grace & Disgrace, Secrets, Lies & Butterflies and Angelica Stone. She lives in Cheshire with her Scottish husband, her actress daughter and their two mischievous little dogs. Susi also has an adult son and a grandson who live nearby. Amongst friends their house is known affectionately (she hopes!) as the Osborne madhouse, for obvious reasons.
Before she became a writer, Susi worked in libraries for many years. She also worked as a classroom assistant in a junior school. In addition to her writing Susi organises Northwich LitFest, which she has been running for the past seven years. Alongside the writing of her latest book, Angelica Stone, Susi has been raising money for Centrepoint, the charity for youth homelessness, and has set up a Just Giving Page for the charity in her name.
Susi is a firm believer in the fact that it’s never too late to do anything. ‘You only have one life – go out and grab it with both hands!’
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Purchase details for her back catalogue
Secrets, Lies & Butterflies – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Lies-Butterflies-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846248914/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Grace & Disgrace – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grace-Disgrace-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846244633/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
The Ripples of Life – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ripples-Life-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846241804/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
I am pleased to announce a chance to win a copy of all 4 of Susi Osborne’s Books (Open to UK Only)*
Good Luck and happy reading.
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Thank you again Rachel Random Resources for the opportunity to read Angelica Stone in exchange for an honest review.