Friday, December 20, 2019

Book Review: Roar

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By Becky Gulc

I have adored many of Cecelia Ahern’s novels (e.g. P.S., I Love You; Where Rainbows End; A Place Called Here), I’ve always found them to be truly unique, magical and memorable. I admit there’s been a bit of a gap in recent years though where I’ve not kept up to date with her work, so I welcomed the opportunity to reacquaint myself with Cecelia’s writing through Roar, a collection of 30 short stories. Would I love these short stories as much as her novels?

In a word, yes! I didn’t really know what to expect from the stories, but I was instantly enraptured in each and every one. Each story centers on a woman overcoming adversity, however this presents itself in her life, from marriage and motherhood to careers and politics. Each story is unique, thought-provoking and has a bit of magic/surrealism thrown in. I read these and thought they were often just genius, just brilliant ideas one after the other. These are certainly different to anything I’d personally read before, and all the more delightful for it. There are certainly some powerful and thought-provoking messages in these stories, and I admire the impact some of these had on me within just a few short pages.

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This is a perfect collection of short stories to make you think and inspire you. I am so pleased I read this collection and look forward to reading more once again from Cecelia. Thoroughly recommended.

Thanks to HarperCollins UK for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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