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- File size : 1593 KB
- Publication date : May 7, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07CXS2X7L
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1981045724
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,180 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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In this story Keddie addresses one woman’s personal transformation with the insights as only a professional psychologist of her nature could offer. Keddie’s main character, whom we discover in the first paragraphs of this rich book, presents hints of the trials ahead: ‘4:40 p.m. His file was marked “Urgent”. Izzy took a deep breath and prepared herself for bad news. Redundancy from a plumbing agency, job allowance stopped following missed appointments and housing benefit about to be cut. The welfare system was like a set of dominoes, when one fell, the others soon came clattering down. She sighed and reminded herself that giving up was not an option; whatever help she could offer her clients, whatever small change they could make to improve their circumstances, was cause for hope. Connor Docherty was forty-two years old, lived in the East End of Glasgow and was married, with one son, deceased, aged seventeen. Izzy had been trained not to make assumptions about people, but she couldn’t help thinking that this terrible event had probably triggered his decline. His son had been the same age as Davy. She gazed into space. Davy was now six feet tall with a tousle of blue-black hair. Pride bloomed in her chest, followed by a dull ache. He was hoping to go to university next year and the time was fast approaching for her to admit defeat in the unwinnable war of keeping him young.’
Writing of this quality is usually encountered in seasoned writers but here it is in a fine second novel. Keddie supplies a fine synopsis: ‘An unsolved murder, a marriage at breaking point and a football club in crisis collide into one woman’s life in this dramatic new novel, set against political upheaval in Glasgow in 2011. Forty-two-year-old Izzy Campbell wants more from life than a husband who is a fanatical Glasgow Rangers football supporter and a borderline alcoholic. She has always put her family’s needs first, but with her son turning eighteen she decides it’s time things change. Izzy volunteers at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and enrolls for a part-time degree in Social Sciences, and when she encounters a charismatic journalist, Sean Docherty who is investigating alleged financial mismanagement at Rangers, she finds herself offering to help. Before she knows it, she is drawn into the excitement of political activism and the arms of an attractive man. Her loyalties are further tested when she discovers her husband’s part in the murder of a young fan from Rangers’ arch enemy – Celtic. The choices Izzy makes will determine the future of her life.’
Enough said. Welcome a new and very talented author to watch. Grady Harp, May 18
It really is a delightful and heartfelt story about a woman that sees her life turned upside down and is questioning a lot of her life choices. She now needs to decide where her loyalty is but also to put herself first, for the first time in her life. There are a lot of contradictory emotions, displayed brilliantly by the talent of the author. She really puts in full display the feeling of being lost and not knowing what to do. The characters are strong and perfect in their imperfections. The language used is sensitive and you can see the psychology background of the author in the way that emotions and situations are presented. A really nice book, with some mystery and some twists that really capture your attention.
Top reviews from other countries
Watching the main character, Izzy grow through the book was incredible. She starts out as a slightly naive, innocent women but as she learns more and more a personal transformation takes place. This is interlaced well with the themes and going ons of the book and I found myself really rooting for her to make the right decisions.
The style that this is written in is quite unique as each chapter ends with a transcript of Izzy’s husband talking to a therapist about his alcoholism. I found this to be a very clever way to hear the husbands side of what’s going on, his thoughts and his feelings. Also being written in this style I found myself being drawn further into the world of addiction. It makes it feel more real, more visceral as if you are going through the same experience.
A dramatic read from start to finish that made my heart ache and glow all at the same time.
The central character is easy to identify with. Izzy is torn between a sense of loyalty to her husband and her growing need for self-fulfilment now that her only child is growing up and moving on.
The author’s clever use of parallel conversations between the husband and his therapist illustrate the scale of the gulf between the couple.
Set against a backdrop of a period of uncertainty in Glasgow, it has a great sense of time and place.
Could the theme of ‘change’ in the title refer to Izzy’s situation or to the growing Scottish Nationalist movement of the times, or to the possible downfall of that great Glasgow institution – Rangers Football Club? Keddie Hughes has done her research well in capturing the essence of those times.
This book has it all. Love, family, politics, and football! A brilliant read.
An obvious affection for the city of Glasgow and its surroundings, allied to an acute awareness of some of its problems, gives the book truth and immediacy.
Keddie Hughes tells her story engagingly. The characters are drawn sympathetically and the situations they find themselves in are utterly believable; you care about them. One to be recommended to the book club.