Thursday, 8 November 2018

Review ~ Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Harper Collins
1 November 2018
My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

Have you ever imagined a different life?

Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?

From much-loved, international bestseller Cecelia Ahern come stories for all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change.

Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.

My thoughts about it..

Roar is an interesting grouping of thirty short stories which, collectively, look at the myriad of sensitive issues which beset women every day. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared, which is such a clever opener to the book, to the utter strength of The Woman Who Roared, which concludes the collection, there is, quite literally, something for everyone. Any woman who has ever been made to feel as though she doesn't matter, or who finds herself being overlooked in matters of life, love and business will find something in Roar which resonates and rings so true you will find, as you continue to read, that you are nodding your head in complete understanding.

If you are familiar with the way this author writes, you will know that she always has a firm grasp of the here and now which she cleverly intersperses with her special blend of magical realism, and this theme is certainly continued in this set of short stories, some of which are quite magical but never whimsical, whilst others shout loud and clear that women can and will make their voices heard, in world where, even 100 years after the suffragette movement, women are still being used, abused and exploited and ignored.

As I've mentioned before, I'm something of a short story butterfly, and happily flit from story to story, never sequentially, but always with an eye on the title of the story, and the promise of what's inside. For me Roar is like a garden filled with the most colourful flowers, and this short story butterfly thoroughly enjoyed sampling each and every flower in this quite special short story collection.

Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-four million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series. 

She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Twitter @Cecelia_Ahern #Roar



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