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Pink Ice Creams
Intent on fixing her broken marriage and the alcohol-fuelled catastrophe that is her life, Kay Harris arrives at her grim and grey holiday let, ready to lay to rest the tragedy that has governed her entire adulthood – the disappearance of her little brother, Adam.
But the road to recovery is pitted with the pot-holes of her own poor choices, and it isn’t long before Kay is forced to accept that maybe she doesn’t deserve the retribution she seeks. Will the intervention of strangers help her find the answers she needs to move on from her past, or will she always be stuck on the hard shoulder with no clear view ahead and a glove box full of empties?
Pink Ice Creams is a tale of loss, self-destruction, and clinging on to the scraps of the long-lost when everyone else has given up hope.
This is not an easy story, dealing with the complex issues relating to coping with alcoholism and the historic, mysterious and unsolved disappearance of a sibling. The format involves flashbacks and present day narrative with Kay Harris as the main character, the person whose little brother, Adam, disappeared and who is still struggling to accept that and to cope with her reliance on alcohol to help her get through each day. She’s left her home and husband to try to discover just what happened to Adam and to try to get her life back on track.
This is a journey of self-discovery, one filled with grief, destruction and the intermittent desire for things to be sorted. It isn’t a cosy, comfortable story. It truly is an emotional roller coaster, one filled with much sadness and regret but also full of hope to uncover what happened in the past and for the future. The people that Kay meets, the answers that she seeks and the discoveries about herself and others that she makes are key to this emotive story.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review.
Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07RYX3YWP
Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/jowoolaston
Jo Woolaston lives in Leicestershire, England with her extreme noise-making husband and two lovely sons. She tries to avoid housework and getting a ‘proper job’ by just writing stuff instead – silly verse, screenplays, shopping lists…
This sometimes works in her favour (she did well in her MA in TV Scriptwriting, gaining a Best Student award in Media and Journalism – and has had a few plays produced – that kind of thing) but mostly it just results in chronic insomnia and desperate tears of frustration. Pink Ice Creams is her first novel, she hopes you liked it.
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