- File Size: 932 KB
- Print Length: 121 pages
- Publication Date: November 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AFE286A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Ice Marathon Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives on the south coast of Devon with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.
In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writing was a hobby. The following January sales of her books on Kindle took off, and by October she has sold 27,000 copies and her total download count exceeds 220,000. She now has three books in print: Pompomberry House, Seesaw and The Troll Trap, as well as many digital titles.
Rosen writes in a variety of genres with a strong leaning towards comedy. She has also dabbled with psychological fiction and mystery writing.
She loves wild swimming, mountain biking, interesting boots, quiffs, 'sampling' chocolate and cooking tasty treats. She dislikes house spiders, doing laundry and people putting costumes on their cats.
Top Customer Reviews
To me, the clever part of this story is that it is a first person narration by Emma and we see her bipolar disorder begin to creep up on her. Because she is telling us about it, we can see her rationale for her over-excited, hysterical behaviour, all the reasoning behind her fear and despair. We know where things are heading before she does. If this were described in the third person we'd only see the results, not the reasoning. This aspect is extremely well done. I also found some of the writing very funny - even in desperate situations, Rosen Trevithick can pull a funny out and I found myself highlighting a phrase or two that made me giggle.
There's an exciting and ultimately satisfying ending to this story. Very enjoyable.
There is one graphic scene of rather rough sex in the book, which had me open mouthed at one point, and I didn't think much surprised me anymore but I think it was because I wasn't expecting it from this particular author, having read quite a bit of her work already - although I do still have a couple of her books in my TBR pile. It definitely isn't Pompomberry House - it is a a lot darker and much more sinister read.
Bought on amazon.co.uk
This is another page turner from Rosen. The characterization is spot on, the pace is perfect and she is the mistress of suspense. I honestly didn't know what was going to happen until I reached it's conclusion. I really liked the insight into Emma's mental illness and the way the other characters deal with this. There is a sex scene, which I thought was done with verve and humour, and the consequences of which create the sinister twist that drives the story on.
A gripping tale that is well worth a download.
As to the story itself, it deals with matters that are recurrent in Rosen Trevithick's stories, namely mental health. As usual, you get a better understanding about it.
This is certainly a decent read with comedic moments along the way
Emma's personality really shines and matures throughout the novel as she accepts the responsibility of her pregnancy. Formerly a strong advocate for a woman's right to choose, Emma can't possible punish the baby growing in her womb for a poor choice she made. While some men would refuse to acknowledge an unplanned pregnancy, Simon accepts full responsibility and even finds a house for Emma and his child.
Emma is an unfortunate victim of our modern mental health guidelines. Being a bit too emotional, she's labelled bi-polar and put on medication. Because of the risks of lithium to the unborn child, Emma is weaned off the medication but wonders how she'll survive. At one point, overcome with fatigue and the desire to assemble cribs for the baby, Emma breaks down into tears. She accuses herself of being unfit to care for her child, but her emotional roller coaster is simply a hormonal rush due to the pregnancy, something that any halfway decent doctor should know. Emma is far stronger than she believes.
After the baby is born, Emma forces Simon to compete in a marathon is Antarctica. Miserable without him, though, she's anxious for his return. Suddenly the demands of an infant are overwhelming, and Emma loses faith in herself. She falls into her previous state of mind and requires assistance from others.
After a sudden crisis, though, Emma snaps out of her pathetic self and is determined to solve her own problems. With concentration and determination, not medication, she is able to focus.
This novel is well written and fast paced. It's enjoyable and hard to put down!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the story and writing. It was a little predictable but still good. I would definitely read more books by this author.Published 3 months ago by SonyaR
I do like this author's writing style and sense of humour; and although this story deals with serious issues such as mental illness, the wonderful collection of words make for an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
It prob as not is a good book but it didn't download properly, the pages didn't match up and so it was too confusing to read.Published 15 months ago by cool
It was a decent story. Showed how bi-poler can be very difficult for people to understand. Also showed it can be controlled.Published 22 months ago by Eleanor Infantino
Emma has wild uninhibited sex and falls pregnant. A poignant story of a mothers love for her baby with a truly sweet ending. Read morePublished 23 months ago by van
I didn't care for this book. Not because the person had a disability---but because I found nothing in her personality that I could bond with. Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Morris
Very interesting subject matter. Poignant dealing with important and relevant subject. Good characterization. Sweet little side story romance. Would recommend.Published on January 18, 2014 by Monica
Unlike a lot of the short stories I've gotten from Amazon for free, this short little romance actually is a full story with a good ending to it rather than leaving the reader... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Cyndi F
The start of the book was a bit odd to say the least, but once it got going you couldn't tell how the ending was going to be, and that's a good thing. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer