Rise, In Pursuit Of Empowerment

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Author: Sabine Matharu (featuring 25 women authors)
Genre: Self-help
Published: 4th March 2019

synopsis

Written for and by inspirational entrepreneurial women whose hidden creativity and
business acumen is eager to come out despite facing an array of traumatic
experiences, mindset and domestic battles, RISE – In Pursuit of Empowerment,
published by Reach for Greatness Ltd., is a beacon of hope for all women. Through
the incredible stories of 25 women, you will learn that while obstacles are a given,
you also have what it takes to rise above challenges, create a space and niche for
yourself and turn impossible experiences into incredible opportunities that are
profitable and fulfilling at the same time. RISE – In Pursuit of Empowerment, the first
in a series of 4 books, will teach you:- How to tap into your intuition and inner
strength to overcome stress, grief and trauma – How to take the challenges you have
and turn them into opportunities – How to rise above the noise and come out
victorious – Why your inner woman is a force to be reckoned with and – How to
overcome substantial obstacles to live a more fulfilling and well-balanced life.

my review

Like other books I’ve read recently RISE – In Pursuit Of Empowerment is not a genre I’d usually read, but I’m glad that I branched out into this particular style as it was one I really enjoyed. There’s such an inspiring range of stories from all across the world, and many of them are captivating to read. They cover a variety of different struggles that women face – some universal, such as mental health, poverty, and physical health, and others are struggles unique to women, such as barriers facing education for women in certain countries, and struggles directly stemming from becoming a mother. I’d imagine most if not all women can relate to at least one story in the series, and many men probably can as well.

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Out of all the stories the one that inspired me the most was written by a woman who had been denied an education as a teenage girl in Pakistan but carried on learning; at just 13 she opened her own free school to allow girls to be educated. Although tiny at the start, she now runs it as a not-for-profit and it’s having a massive impact. In times like the ones we are in currently it’s so powerful to realise that women out there are still managing to overcome the odds and defeat the struggles that try so hard to pull them down.

Each chapter is quite short, and includes an author bio, image, and motivational quote at the end. I found it very easy to just pick it up and read because of this, however in a way I wished the stories were a bit longer – although they covered the initial struggle, the action, and the success, I wanted more detail, especially about the struggling part. Each story gave a snapshot but I found myself wanting to know even more to truly get a flavour of what each barrier must have been like for these women. Thankfully the author bio of each story allows the reader to understand the author further, and makes it easy to research their stories online (which I definitely will be doing!).

There’s one thing I just have to mention which is the design – I adored it! Modern and striking, the book included beautiful starry photos with each motivational quote which I spent a good amount of time just taking in, and the cute star graphics under each title added a really nice finishing touch. Along with such inspiring stories the design really sets the book apart and it’s so pretty you’ll find yourself turning back to those quote pages just to admire the beautiful photography again.

RISE – In Pursuit Of Empowerment is a book that really puts the struggles women face into perspective. Uplifting and motivating, it’s a must read for anyone going through their own struggles, and it may just be the book that makes you realise you can come out of the other side after all.

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If you’d like to purchase RISE – In Pursuit Of Empowerment then you can do so here:

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author bio

Author of RISE - In Pursuit Of Empowerment, Sabine Mathuru

Sabine Matharu is a passionate business start-up and growth strategist, who
specializes in helping women find their purpose and monetize their unique skills so
that they can build a thriving business.
Her signature program is “The Business Accelerator Mastermind”, that teaches and
supports entrepreneurs to implement an easy to follow methodology around how to
build a long term profitable business without overwhelm and detours.
She also runs “The Greatness Club”, which complements the work she does in her
Mastermind and provides women a platform and springboard for visibility,
networking and lead generation. Sabine comes with years of experience as a corporate
leadership consultant and has worked with over 1000 people
in senior positions.
She firmly believes that it is possible to reach for the greatness that is within
ourselves.

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The Clouds Beyond Us | Poignant Memoir Delivered Through Poetry And Prose

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Author: Rahf AlRashidi
Genre: Short story/poetry collection
Published: December2018

Synopsis

A beautiful and eclectic mix of stories and poetry, as presented by new and exciting author Rahf AlRashidi. This collection of insights into the author’s soul takes the reader on a melancholy journey of loss, heartache and ill treatment, whilst at once telling the story of strength and showing the joy to be found in the aftermath of sorrow. An inspirational read for women across the world.

My review

I’ll admit right now that The Clouds Beyond Us fits in a genre I have never really read before. A combination of short stories and poetry, Rahf AlRashidi’s book is a reflective, creative, and memoir-style book that takes the reader through a journey of adoration, fear, and heartbreak.

Because the genre and style are one I’m somewhat unfamiliar with I was unsure what to expect when I started reading The Clouds Beyond Us. It only took a few pages and I was completely hooked, ready to sink my teeth into Rahf AlRashidi’s story and neglect the outside world for a little while, instead allowing myself to be fully taken in by her words. AlRashidi’s writing style is an interesting one which is influenced both by her creative and medical sides – a lovely combination of both a dreamer and a realist. Poetic concepts are intertwined with medical terminology that makes for a unique read.

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Cover image for The Clouds Beyond Us

The focus of the book is on AlRashidi’s personal relationship with her partner, from the rush of love at the beginning to the breakdown at the end. Even if the audience won’t all be able to relate to the issues within the relationship it’s easy for most to relate to the concept, and the author puts across her feelings and experiences in such a simple yet captivating way. Each story and poem is filled with emotion, and is a beautiful glimpse into the struggles that AlRashidi has been through. I came away from the book feeling like I knew her in a way.

Despite focusing on quite a heavy topic at times the book ends on a hopeful note, and I didn’t at any point feel weighed down by emotions. Each chapter is short and to the point, making it easy to reflect on what you’ve just read before turning the page. I came away from AlRashidi’s writing feeling positive and inspired, and it helped me to think back to my own past in a creative way again – something I’ve lost touch with since the present life has taken over. This sort of book is perfect for anyone who wants something a bit more introspective and considered, and I think it’s an important read for anyone who may also be struggling within their relationship – to experience similar experiences through someone else’s eyes can sometimes be the thing that opens your own.

The book isn’t just focused on the main subject as AlRashidi explores other aspects of her life as well, such as her family and her studies. She includes a myriad of quotes from recognised figures and other literature which enhance what she says through her own words. I particularly liked how the book was structured in this regard – it’s mostly in order of events but it’s not linear as such as the chapters jump between topics to build up more than just a story. Although some of them link heavily others don’t, which makes it the sort of books that’s easy to pick up, put down, and pick back up again – something I like in a book considering I often read during my commute! I actually found myself reading the entire thing in two sittings because of how easy it is to get into, so be warned you may miss your train stop like I nearly did!

Purchase links

If you’d like to purchase The Clouds Beyond Us then you can do so at the following links:

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author bio

Rahf AlRashidi is a multi-genre author of short stories and poetry. A medical student from Kuwait, she currently lives abroad to pursue her medical degree. She first began writing short stories at the age of nine, when she lived in Texas, USA. In 2009, the journey towards her dreams began, with writing becoming a part of her life after showcasing her talents as an artist and writer in the District PTA contest in Denton, going on to win first place.

Her mother, a psychologist and an author, has always been and continues to be her source of inspiration and her faithful guide.

Rahf is currently working on her next book.

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Don’t forget to like, pin, and leave a comment if you enjoyed my review!You can also check some of my other memoir, poetry, and non-fiction book reviews here:

Rise, In Pursuit Of Empowerment – Sabine Matharu
Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet – Bill Weber
Spiritual Lighthouse: The Dream Diaries Of Ann Marie Ruby – Ann Marie Ruby

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The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man – Jonas Jonasson | Hilarious Sequel To Swedish Comedy Novel

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Author: Jonas Jonasson
Genre: Comedy
Published: July 2018

Synopsis

The sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un …
Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated …
(Taken from Goodreads)

My Review

I’ll start by saying I’m a big Jonas Jonasson fan – I’ve read all of his novels to date and eagerly await more. There’s something so original about his writing; the humour is clever and witty and the way he writes is so easy to read. With every book I’ve read of Jonasson’s I’ve found them almost impossible to put down, and have regularly found the bath water I was sitting in to become cold because I’ve been so engrossed in the book!

The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man doesn’t fail to disappoint either, and I’d say it’s probably my second favourite of all his books so far. It’s great to be able to revisit the first set of characters he wrote (and clearly loves), and this time round the story is even more bizarre than the first one. I’ve seen a few reviews claiming that it’s too unrealistic but I have to disagree there – whilst many of the situations are astronomically unlikely that’s kind of the point, and the humour Jonasson creates from each one is in a league of its own. I lost count of the moments I laughed out loud (generally you can tell how funny I find a book by how many weird looks I get from my partner – I got a lot whilst reading this one).

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Cover image for The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

What really added to the comedy this time is that Jonasson introduced actual real people into the story – written as characters, of course, but still quite accurate in their actions and talking styles. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were written brilliantly as was Angela Merkel, and I looked forward to every scene that had them in. I’m not entirely sure if Trump and Jong Un would agree with me about their fictional selves being hilarious but that just makes it funnier.

I also love the supporting characters that Jonasson brings to life in his books – each one is explored in-depth, and you feel like you really know them whilst reading. Even minor characters who puts so much thought into, and it’s refreshing to read a book by an author that’s really mastered this element of writing. It’s not only the character development that is great but the chemistry between each character, and the dialogue is vivid and engrossing. One thing I’ve found with Jonas Jonasson’s books is that every sentence included has a purpose – there’s no fluff to be found.

The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man really is a book worth reading, as are the other books by Jonasson. With short, digestible chapters and so many twists and turns that you just have to keep reading, this is certainly one to put at the top of your to-read list (just make sure to read the previous book first!).

Purchase Links

If you’d like to purchase either of these wonderful stories of Alan Carlsson’s mind-boggling adventures then you can do so here:

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared
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The Further Accidental Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man
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I’d totally recommend reading Jonas Jonasson’s other two books as well – you can purchase them here:

Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All
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The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden
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Author Bio

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for the Expressen newspaper for many years. He became a media consultant and later set up a company producing sports and events for Swedish television, before selling his company and moving abroad to work on his first novel. He is the author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden and Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All. He lives on the Swedish island Gotland in the Baltic Sea.
(Taken from Amazon)

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
The Summer Of Chasing Dreams – Holly Martin
Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet – Bill Weber

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Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet – Bill Weber | Love Poetry That Will Touch Your Soul

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Thank you to Bill Weber first of all for reaching out to me and offering me a digital copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Bill Weber
Genre: Poetry
Published: October 2018

Synopsis

Sex… Bombarded with imagery in advertising, on TV, in the movies, sex has become commonplace and ordinary. Even in our romantic relationships, we have too often let the flames of passion die to a flicker.
Yet sex is naturally healthy, good for loving relationships, and even spiritually enriching. Rendered in exquisite language, the poems in this volume open new windows into the sensual magic and mystery of sexual pleasure. They allow us to rediscover the sacredness of both the body and the act of lovemaking.
Inspired to write these poems by a desire to express the depths of meaning and the physical expression of making love, poet Bill Weber paints vivid pictures in words that far transcend old clichés and masterfully express the transcendent dimensions of sexual pleasures.
(Taken from Goodreads)

My Review

Poetry is a highly subjective art form, and one that often goes underappreciated. For those that enjoy poetry, or those who would like to try, Bill Weber offers simple, relatable poetry in his new collection of poems entitled Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet. His style will particularly appeal to those who like their poetry without rule or rhyme; to run wild with the imagination.

The collection is split into nine parts, each with three poems included. Images of various flowers and plants are scattered within the pages to give the viewer some more visual imagery to go along with the author’s words. The book starts with an introduction and this is very important to read – here Bill Weber explains how the book came about and what he hopes you, the reader, will get out of his work. It also includes a poem entitled ‘How To Read This Book’ which I thought was a clever and original way of communicating to the reader.

Book cover of 'Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet' by Bill Weber
Cover image for Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet

The first thing I got from reading the collection is that it’s clear just how much Weber adores his wife, and his words showcase how strongly and passionately he still feels about her. This is so comforting to read, and gives the poems a certain warmth. Each poem is wonderfully descriptive and so relatable to those that have experienced such a vibrant and strong relationship and will mean a lot to those longing for one as well. Weber’s words are sensual and absorbing, describing each intimate connection between him and his wife as if they are tangible things. I found that each poem flowed well and gave me real insight into Weber’s mind.

Weber touches upon some main themes within his work, namely the concepts of femininity and masculinity. As well as exploring what each comprises of, he also looks at the differences between the two and how they connect together so perfectly in the right moment. The obvious theme is love, but between the lines there are hints of spirituality – some subtle, others less so. From what I can gather the poems were initially written for Weber’s wife’s eyes only (he mentions her being the reason for publication in the acknowledgements at the start of the book) which adds another layer of intimacy to the collection knowing that they were truly for her, and not an audience.

Some of Weber’s poems are more structured than others and range from nine lines long to between one and two pages. He uses repetition for effect in some of them, but I found myself drawn towards the less structured of the poems as they have a raw, wilder feel to them. Some of them are very stream-of-consciousness which works really well given the subject matter. I found that each poem was best read slowly (as Weber encourages) with time to reflect, and sometimes read several times over to truly digest what lies within the words.

A great collection for the poetry lovers out there, Bill Weber’s latest book will hopefully inspire readers to consider their own intimate relationships in the same way, and appreciate those things that they may have taken for granted over the years.

Purchase Links

If you’d like to purchase a copy of Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet then you can use the following links:

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Author Bio

Bill is a devilishly handsome and hopelessly romantic poet living a charmed life. Bill and his radiantly beautiful, sacred feminine goddess soulmate live in an enchanted tantric castle on the outskirts of the legendary city of romantic gifts, Vandalia, Illinois. Bill’s life is like a magical tantra love story where dreams from sensuous love poems come true every night, and oftentimes during the day, as well. His dream is to touch your heart with his words, to awaken your consciousness to your eternal beauty, and to ignite the passion that lives in your soul.
(Taken from Bill Weber’s website)

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If you liked this review please like, pin, and leave a comment! You can also check my other recent book reviews here:

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
The Summer Of Chasing Dreams – Holly Martin
The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man – Jonas Jonasson

The Summer Of Chasing Dreams – Holly Martin | Cosy Romance Perfect For A Rainy Day

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First of all, thank you to Holly Martin for providing me with a digital copy of The Summer Of Chasing Dreams in exchange for an honest review!

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Author: Holly Martin
Genre: Chick lit/romance
Expected publication: 29th March 2019

Synopsis

Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She’s happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.
She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.
Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled — she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.
Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this journey, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor’s kindness and mischievous sense of humour. But will it be a simple holiday romance or could this wonderful adventure lead to so much more?
(Taken from Goodreads)

My Review

Sometimes you just need a book in your life that isn’t too complicated, but gives you a wonderful reading experience. This is where Holly Martin should come in – you may have read some of her novels before if you like this genre, and The Summer Of Chasing Dreams is her newest release that you won’t be able to put down. It’s such a cosy book and I found it so easy to read – I even had to stop myself sneaking a glance of the next chapter at work! The thing with Martin’s writing is that it just flows – it’s easy to digest and her casual, chatty way with words makes you feel like you’re spending time with an old friend.

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I enjoyed the general style of the book, and was impressed how such a grandiose trip had been covered within one novel. As well as seeing everything from Eva’s (and sometimes Thor’s) point of view, we also get to read the intimate postcards from Eva to her Mum, which help to develop a relationship that is sadly absent now. I wanted to know more about Juliette, her past, and also Eva’s home life and background, though Martin crams in what she can whilst focusing on the tangle of emotions in the present day.

The plot itself is also so good – I’m sure lots of us would appreciate an around the world trip and reading about one made me feel inspired. There’s also so much to love about the characters Eva and Thor, and I really genuinely cared about them and their interesting relationship. It was easy for me to identify with both characters, and I loved experiencing both their silly and heartwarming highlights, such as singing at the top of their voices from the atop the Eiffel Tower, to the deeper, more complex side of their relationship as it goes forward. Martin is good at evoking emotion from the reader, and you’ll find yourself switching between awe, sadness, elatedness, and despair (plus a generous helping of lust).

I was genuinely sad when the book ended, as it brought such an uplifting and positive feeling to the otherwise grey and dreary British weather I’ve been experiencing of late. If you’re looking for a comfy read to pair with a cuppa and a warm blanket then The Summer Of Chasing Dreams is definitely the book for you.

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.
Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books.
(Taken from Amazon)

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet – Bill Weber
The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman | Book Club Must That Just Keeps On Surprising

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman
Genre: Romance/psychological fiction
Published: May 2017

Synopsis

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
(Taken from Goodreads)

My Review

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first picked up Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. It was a book I’d had my eye on for a while, despite not reading the synopsis – I think it was something about the cover, and the title. I guess I’d imagined some sort of cosy, simple read – not too thought-provoking, perhaps, but an enjoyable story that I could easily get my teeth into. I’d also noticed that every book club under the sun had got their hands on it! Interestingly I was both right and wrong with my expectations, but in a way that meant it was better than I’d hoped for.

Eleanor is an interesting protagonist, because she’s just so odd – at the start her actions and mannerisms seem bizarre, and it took me a few chapters to get used to her way of thinking. I was quite taken aback by her, if I’m honest , for she wasn’t what I was expecting. She’s a strongly developed character that certainly has her own voice, and Honeyman’s clever and consistent writing style allows us to become immersed in her personality – a difficult feat, as there are many facets to Eleanor that the reader won’t necessarily be able to relate to. I could sympathise with her experience of loneliness (as I’m sure many of us could nowadays) though her way of thinking was quite unusual, yet somehow Honeyman manages to make Eleanor’s confusing and quirky mind accessible.

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Cover image for Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Raymond is a wonderful character as well – the exact opposite to Eleanor in a way, yet also isolated. His completely different approach to the world enables Eleanor to cautiously emerge from her cocoon of a life, and he too begins to see things differently through her. Eleanor’s first impressions of him are quite harsh, noting his slovenly dress and smoker’s aroma, but she eventually warms to him as she realises that there’s more to life than her way alone.

The interactions between the two bring so much warmth and humour to the book, and once they’d met I just couldn’t put the book down. Much of the comedy comes from Eleanor herself, unintentionally, as she struggles to grasp with concepts most of us take for granted (why someone would want a Hollywood wax, for example). It’s not just humorous though, with a much darker and more poignant side to the book that increases as she embarks on her change of character. As we read further through the book more and more is understood about her past, and the reasons behind her strange outlook on life start to make sense.

The main message is focused around loneliness, but it’s actually much deeper than that – I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but let’s just say that it’s not as simple a plot as one might think. That’s what makes it so brilliant though, and why I physically couldn’t stop reading it, finishing the whole book in under two days and sneaking every opportunity I could to pick it back up. It’s been my favourite book of 2019 so far –
the world so beautifully crafted and the characters so unique. Even with a satisfying and wholesome ending I felt sad that it had to finish – that’s a sign of an excellent read to me.

Purchase Links

f you’d like to purchase a copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine then you can do so here:

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Author Bio

Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.
(Taken from Goodreads)

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If you liked this review please like, pin, and leave a comment! You can also check my other recent book reviews here:

The Summer Of Chasing Dreams – Holly Martin
Choosing Me: Love Letters From A Poet – Bill Weber
The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred-Year-Old Man – Jonas Jonasson

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Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan
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