Sunday, 1 May 2016
Get a Life
There's a purpose behind the novel, it is intended to assist the reader to begin to question ingrained, routine ways of thinking.
It tells the story of Fiona.
Fiona is the daughter of a prosperous businessman and his wife.
Fiona was brought up during and after the beginning of the Second World War, when, for her, life was increasingly good as her family became more and more prosperous.
Her faith and her beliefs were inculcated within her by her parents and her mentors. But even so, Fiona had a desire and a need to question what it was that she was being taught.
Whilst still in her teenage years, a series of terrible disasters befell our heroine.
Her boyfriend, who she loved very much, died in an accident.
And then she was kidnapped by a criminal gang and held hostage. During her illegal incarceration she was raped and became pregnant as a result.
She struggles with conflicting emotions and ideas, based on what she had been taught whilst growing up.
Should she proceed with the pregnancy or not? She eventually decides to go through with the pregnancy, but that she should put the child up for adoption, which she does.
Throughout the following years she continues with her life as best she can. She attends university where she majors in business studies.
Her father too soon and Fiona takes the decision to turn her considerable talents to joining the family business.
She marries and is able to make a fresh start. Only for her oldest son from this marriage to decide to indulge in a notorious and high-profile affair with a woman who is older than he is.
This results in heartache and misery all round and brings with it the potential for disaster not only for her son but also for the entire family.
What should Fiona do? Gather up the determination to re-start her life all over again?
The book is intended to be an uplifting novel strength and success despite adversity and heartbreak along the way.
It is published by Matador in paperback at £9.99 and can be purchased from the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop, on the right hand side of this review.