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Eventually Julie Paperback – May 14, 2017
About the Author
Anthea's love for writing was planted at a young age when she studied Greek mythology. Her love for literature continued well into her teenage years when she enjoyed reading novels by many of the great English writers.
As a young adult, she immersed herself in reading women's contemporary fiction and writing about topics, that many could relate to, in a witty, light-hearted way, which became a passion -- one that she takes very seriously.
Anthea has a BA degree, majoring in psychology and industrial relations, and a diploma in counselling. She also studied Greek literature at university and has worked in direct marketing, and insurance and investments.
Anthea is currently working on her new novel, and is also writing articles and posts on everyday issues.
When she isn't writing or reading, Anthea enjoys travelling, yoga, spending time with her family, and escaping to the vineyards. A quiet house with some jazz playing in the background, surrounded by a few lit scented candles is her idea of relaxation. Even though Anthea dreams about hosting the "perfect" dinner party, she is more likely to be found at a cosy, candlelit restaurant. She lives with her husband and their two sons, and often jokes that she may be the only writer who doesn't own a cat.
Anthea is also a member of the Australian Society of Authors.
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Julie, a young adult career girl from Sydney, Australia is at crossroads in her life. And she doesn’t want to be. Julie faces issues with her family and sister, she’s lost her office job through a work redundancy, and her love life is tattered. In many ways this is a coming of age story as Julie learns take control of her life. Julie has misunderstood her past. Can she now create what her life eventually should be like?
Author Syrokou writes in a clear and compelling way and her scenes of Paris and London are vivid and dynamic. She has created warm and memorable characters, such as Julie’s university friends from her past, her housemates and her co-workers.
Julie decides to break from her own life with a trip to Europe. Traveling helped her to clarify her vision of herself. She begins to solve her career problems as she takes positive steps to discover her true interests and passions. Julie sees that her love of beauty, as shown in her living area and her clothing is an asset. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of her clothing and house. She felt proud that she was following her heart and not just settling for another office job.
Much of this readable story contains similar gems of advice for mindful living. Julie learns to be true to her own values. “I guess I’ve allowed myself to become the person I thought others expected me to be.”
But her past and present relationships with men prove harder to fix. Julie must learn to grow up and put aside her childish reactions and hurt feelings, which is why I see this book as a coming of age story. Isn’t it silly how people waste time, hiding how they feel from each other
One of my favorite passages of this book is when Julie receives a gift of a bird figurine resting on a branch. The man who loves her tells her, “Just don’t hold on too tightly to the branch. If it’s too difficult to hold onto it, it may not be the right branch.
Although at times the dialogue was too much, overall I was entranced by this heartfelt story and I recommend this book. I am looking forward to future books in the series.
One of the nicest things about this book — besides the protagonist, Julie — is that unlike so many books in this genre, men are accurately portrayed as decent human beings. Imperfect and fallible, just like the protagonist, but overall human beings trying to find their way just like their counterparts. No one is a jerk here, a two-timer, an abuser, or any of the other standard tropes. That was refreshing. Once I got a feel for the narrative, which was more like a tranquil soak in the tub rather than a hot shower, I settled in for a gradual and engaging story that much more often than not rang true. Misunderstandings in the past played a role, but it didn’t feel like a device inserted only to drive the story. The perceptions of the protagonist about those events from college, and how they’ve affected her life, in fact change over the course of the book as she begins to realize that much of what she perceived had more to do with her own mindset at the time. It is her lingering in the past, in fact, without realizing she had been, which has stunted her soul.
Eventually Julie has a nice start as she overhears talk concerning cutbacks in the superannuation division, meaning she may soon be out on her ear. There is a wonderful dynamic of her close friends, and her family, which both ring true. And again, Julie’s perceptions early on, gradually change as she does. Much of the book is set in Australia, and it is on a trip to Hunter Valley that Julie runs into Scott, the college love who broke her heart. She quickly discovers, however, that even that may not have been as it seemed. But is it a wonderful door opening just as another is closing? A trip to Paris and London brings surprises, but it won’t be until Julie is back in Australia that she figures out what she wants to do, and with whom she is most happy doing it.
Characters like Maria, George, Cassandra, Tanya and Stacy, all have their own little moments which intertwine with Julie’s narrative as they interact, and prevent this inaugural literary endeavor from becoming a one-note narrative. If you’re looking for a steamy romance, this isn’t your book, and if you’re looking for fluff, this also may not be for you. If, however, you like something pleasant and engaging, something nice, in the best sense of that word, you’ll enjoy reading this as I did. Paris and London make for nice color, but they aren’t really what the book is about, and don’t play as much of a role as the characters, especially Julie’s personal growth.
I only occasionally dip into these waters, usually in the cozy mystery genre. Too often it’s a one-and-done for me. But Eventually Julie — her friend Maria runs an organic products store called Eventually You — was very nice, even refreshing in many aspects. It was like a finely made sweet confection from the candy shop — lollies, here in Australia — which doesn’t overwhelm your tastebuds with sugar, but lingers longer once it’s gone. I purchased the Kindle edition from Amazon Australia. For me, this fell firmly at the better end of this often mind-bogglingly frivolous genre, and I definitely intend to read the next book from author Anthea Syrokou.
She’s overwhelmed with the “shoulds” from her family. Tired of “shoulding on herself,” Julie takes action.
I loved this story. Here’s a woman that refuses status quo and goes for life. There’s miscommunication along the way that makes for a few comical scenes.
Then there was Paris. I felt like I was there. Taking in every word, I read slowly during this part. Lost in the sights, sounds, and smells, Paris came alive.
There was so much in this book I enjoyed, vacations, cruises and love. What I enjoyed the greatest: “Keep true to your values.” Not going to tell you if Julie did that, but the message sounded loud and clear. Great read.