Sunday, 1 December 2019

Book Review - Unlocked - Soulla Christodoulou





Book Review by Pauline Reid  πŸ’–  Unlocked by Soulla Christodoulou
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Genre - Short Story
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What This Book Is About
This is about an English lady called, Helen, who meets a man called, Anil who shows her around India, a love story as sweet as butter chicken and as mouth watering as a chapati (although Soulla writes about Naans).
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Helen discovered her husband had been unfaithful after being married 23 years.  Helen plunged into the world of depression, ignoring help, ignoring phone calls, ignoring home made food that was delivered.  Her alone time bought her a soothing routine of sorts. 
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Helen had a craving for chocolate so one day in November she decided go out, it was after purchasing the chocolate that she had a sign that would turn her life around.  This created an excitement a glowing within, to the point where she decided to book a one way flight to India, 2 weeks after Christmas.
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Two months have past, then relaxing in a luxurious resort, she meets, Anil, who invites her to his cousins wedding.   We follow Helen and Anil on the road of discovery, although Anil had invited Helen to the wedding there were plenty of others things he wanted to show her.  We, the readers are rewarded with so many sightseeing objects, cows, people of India, market stalls and the sellers that are driven to thrust things right under your nose.  Rickshaws.  Snatches of conversation that Helen and Anil have ... or at least Anil has with Helen, are very enlightening.....  Helen being measured up for a Sari brings many different aspects of the Indian culture she hasn't seen before ....  and then there is the simmering love between Helen and Anil  that we witness.... waterfalls  and something of a key that will unlock the unhappiness within.
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My Thoughts On This Book
I was given the ARC of Unlocked for an exchange of an honest review.
I was extremely curious with reading the first paragraph of what this book was about.    It kept me wanting more as I inched myself closer and closer to the action. 
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Quote
"As she stood under the spray, the hot water almost scalding her skin, she imagined herself being reborn".  😍
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Quote
"She screamed, releasing all the pent-up sadness, humiliation and unworthiness that had been painstakingly eating away at her like moths on clothes." 😍
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I am in love with Soulla descriptive writing and I picked a couple of quotes as examples.  It was very hard to choose, because all the book can be made out of quotable quotes.   See above for quotes.
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I loved Soullas style, it was soft, it has quality, it has a ...  did you hurt your knee?  I will put a band aid on it.  Its caring, yet there is a quality of truth that's not hard to read.  I also picked up on Soulla fun, sunny vibe of laughter, which has sneaked into this book and I loved it, the "funny scenes" made the short story light and easy to read.  I loved the way Soulla uses food in her writing, and it feels so real that you have a tendency just to almost see the mentioned food materialise through the pages.  I must admit, even I had to buy a can of butter chicken soup to get the taste of India.
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Star Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars
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Recommendation
This book comes highly recommended by me and would suit anyone interested in India culture and India, anyone interested in Indian food, anyone interested in love stories, anyone interested in short stories and anyone interested in spiritual awareness.
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Notice Board πŸ“‹
Available on the 3 December 2019, or you can pre order (auto buy) now

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