Accidental Damage by Alice May @AliceMay_Author
Day 2 of the Blog Tour organised by @emmamitchellfpr
Accidental Damage Book Blurb
If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting. Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she? Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it? Does she really deserve to be whole again? Inspired by a true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!
My book review of Accidental Damage
Accidental Damage by Alice May, is refreshingly written in the first-person narrative, thereby allowing the reader, the advantage of getting into the heart and mind of the protagonist. She takes us with her on a journey, charting the unfortunate ‘accidental damage’ to the family home and the subsequent and consistent barriers that were deliberately put in their path by the insurance company dealing with their claim.
I read with interest, how the main protagonist and narrator suffered psychologically as a result of the damage to the family home to the point of spiralling down into a path of self-destruction which was dragging her down, making it difficult for her to move forward. Despite this, she forges on for the sake of her husband and children.
The writing is unfussy, clear and with an undertone of dry wit and humour. Alice May draws the reader into the family to become a bystander on the side-lines watching the story unfold. The definitions at the beginning of each chapter are unique and informative, adding to the charm of this well-written book.
Although the lack of character names and the use of affectionate names such as beloved husband, Chaos, Logic, Quiet and Small add to the comic understatement of the story. I felt that at times this diluted their characters a little and yet at the same time added to the light-hearted manner in which this delightful book has been written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Accidental Damage and look forward to a sequel.
About the author Alice May
Alice May is a multi-tasking mother with four not-so-small children and she is fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet. They live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Her conservatory is always festooned with wet washing and her kitchen full of cake.
Following many years exhibiting as a mixed media artist, Alice decided that 2016 was the year she would write her first fictional novel. ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down’ simply wouldn’t leave her alone until it was written.
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