I am going to take advantage of this promotion this morning… I was so delighted to receive a great review from Paul Andruss for Just an Odd Job Girl that I wanted to share here.
About the book
Imogen was fifty. She had been married to Peter for over twenty years and having brought up her children she was living in a wonderful house, with money and time to spare.
Suddenly, she finds herself “traded-in” for a younger model, a ‘Fast-Tracker’. Completely devastated, she retreats to a small house on the edge of Epping Forest, where she indulges in binge eating and self-deprecation. Finally, when she can no longer fit into her clothes, and there seems to be no hope, she discovers a way forward.
Helped by a new friend, she rediscovers herself, making a journey to her past that enables her to move on to her future.
Paul’s Review post can be read in full here: http://www.paul-andruss.com/just-an-odd-job-girl/
One of my favourite types of novel is a bildungsroman. It is a posh word for a coming of age book where a youngster grows by overcoming challenges and facing responsibilities.
So what’s that to do with a middle-aged woman?
I’ll tell you.
Only by reacquainting herself with the girl she was, can Imogen leave the recent past and become the woman she is in her own right. Not a wife, not a mother; Imogen.
I admit I am prejudiced when it comes to Sally Cronin. This is the third of her books I have read and reviewed. Each and every one has been a delight. However, this is my favourite.
Sally Cronin skilfully plays emotions like a virtuoso, drawing the reader into characters’ lives; making them part of you. It is written with her usual lean elegant prose and easy readability. There is a host of likeable warm characters; witty turns of phrase and comic situations that leave you smiling or laughing out loud.
As a woman of mid-life, finding her feet, most of us readily identify with Imogen, if not for ourselves, then maybe because our loved ones have been through something similar; while, heart-broken, we helplessly watched them struggle and prayed they would not fail.
In an entertaining light-hearted way, and without a hint of preaching, Sally Cronin gives valuable life lessons with Imogen. And in the end makes Imogen’s triumphs our own.
I started out saying I met many Imogens in my life. I will end by saying it is nice to finally meet the original. I feel like I have a new friend.
This is a highly recommended and unputdownable read. It is light enough for the bus to work, lounging by a pool on holiday or even with your morning coffee and guilty biscuit.
Out of FIVE STARS I give it…
FIVE STARS PLUS
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Odd-Girl-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B00M10F4O4
Also by Sally Cronin
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2/
Author Luna Saint Claire continues to receive rave reviews for her book The Sleeping Serpent.
Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.
Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that scares her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.
Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that makes us question what we truly want.
“She realized in an instant that being around him awakened her, stirring the sediment that had long ago settled at the bottom of her well. He made her feel a part of him–of something larger, and somehow more alive.”
I was pulled into this book from the first page. It is for sure a psychological book with a lot of hot scenes. The characters were well written and Nico was the man you loved to hate. It follows along how Nico controls some of his yoga students. This man has issues. Lol. This is a story that made me want to grab characters by their faces and say what in the world are you doing? It was written in POV of the women and Nico. Usually i get all confused when reading from a whole bunch of POV’s but this was pretty easy to follow along. I cant wait for more from this author and would recommend this book to a lot of people. – Mandi
The dark side of yoga leaps front and center in this action-packed spiritual/erotic thriller. There’s the constant feeling of being on the edge of your seat as you turn page after page astounded at how deceitful, duplicitous, the human mind can be. As a psychotherapist specializing in treating victims of abusive religion, I thought the writer expertly tapped into the dynamics of a troubled mind at work under the guise of spirituality and healing. I kept wondering how the protagonist could be so taken in; then I realized that such evil takes place all the time, right without us taking seriously what we see in our ashrams, churches, and yoga studios. Readers beware – this powerful read is only for those of daring and intrepid spirit!
Read some of the 111 reviews for the book and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Serpent-womans-struggle-obsessive-ebook/dp/B016LUUB1K
Luna Saint Claire has also contributed to this anthology.
Find out more about Luna Saint Claire and her work: https://www.amazon.com/Luna-Saint-Claire/e/B017DN9Y4Y/
Thank you for dropping by today… Sally