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I just didn’t want to switch this audiobook off. A superbly crafted story complemented so well by Laura Kirman’s use of different ‘voices’ for the characters and her expressive reading of the story bring it to life, make a fantastic listen.
The comparisons of how Ava is treated by her bullying, drunk and threatening ex-boyfriend contrasts dramatically with the usually more supportive reactions of Sam Jermyn, though he, too, has his moments! All the moments with Sam’s Mum, as she endeavours to enjoy the festive break recovering from major surgery before starting chemotherapy are also very moving and memorable.
Laura Kirman uses changes in pace, tone and voice to bring the book to life. I really didn’t want to switch off the audiobook!
There are so many moving moments in this story . . . the surprise at the Rotary Club event where Sam’s Mum is so brave . . . Sam’s support as Ava contacts her Dad . . . . Ava’s Dad coming to the rescue . . . . Sam’s reaction to Ava’s automatic suspicion . . . . and when Sam realises just how he reacted and endeavours to put things right again. Sorry, don’t want to give any more details as I don’t like giving spoilers!
A great story dealing with some modern day issues in a sensitive and supportive manner, highlighting the feelings and guilt of victims and giving positive feedback to help them. Who’d think such trauma as cyber bullying, terminal illness and revenge porn could be included in an amazing, heartwarming, festive story? Personally, I though it was brilliant – I’ll certainly look out for more stories by this very talented author as well as more narrated by the highly entertaining Laura Kirman!