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.
This book took me a bit by surprise, yes I’d read the blurb but it was a much darker story than I was expecting if I am honest, that said it is a very well written story and it is certainly one that had me thinking about it as I was reading it and long after I had finished, and it is definitely a book I was glad to have been introduced too.
The books contains quite a bit that I would class as disturbing but sadly these are things that are now common place (and shouldn’t be ignored or shunned in my opinion), but I do know that on that basis it certainly won’t be for everyone but I felt it was in keeping with the story so if you like this kind of book it is definitely one to carry on with and I did really enjoy it.
The two main characters, Angelica and Lola are excellent, very well developed and I loved getting an insiders view on their friendship. The writing style is spot on and really works well with the plot.
4.5 stars from me round up to 5 stars for Amazon and Goodreads- highly recommended!
Secrets, Lies & Butterflies – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Lies-Butterflies-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846248914/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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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