About the author (as seen in the book)
Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to University and studied BA Hotel& Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business studies and an MA in Education.
Soulla is a fiction author and wrote her first novel roken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full-time in secondary education. The novel has been nominated for the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. She is a mother of three boys.
She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and children’s Creative Writing Classes.
Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters is featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’, released on Amazon in September 2017.
She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and is releasing her second novel, The Summer Will Come in March 2018 which has received an endorsement from William Mallinson, Author and Historian. Her current work I progress is titled Trust is a Big Word and will be her third fiction novel.
When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and cover tea!
Publication date: 7th November 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
ISBN: Paperback 978-1549917042
Also available in Ebook format.
Pages: Paperback 492pages and Ebook 494pages
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: The author
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Georgia, a second generation Greek Cypriot woman, marries her first love and settles in Finchley, London. But as her life progresses she finds herself swallowed up by her husband’s expectations and those of her family.
Ten years on she breaks away from the routine of being a wife and mother and secures a job in a local school as a secretary. It is here that she thrives and rekindles her passion for work and starts to think about a new career, despite her husband’s quiet protestation.
However, she soon faces an uncertain future after her marriage breaks down leaving her with three young sons and a life of broken pieces. Thrown into turmoil, her life becomes one of tears and heartache. But with laughter, courage and determination, Georgia and her best friend, Thalia, who has troubles of her own, adapt to a new, different path.
Firstly before I start my review, I would just like to thank Soulla very much for kindly asking me to read, review and sending me a singed copy no less!!! In return to give my honest thought’s and feeling’s on my reading experience of her work.
I had the pleasure of reading her second book The Summer Will Come and really enjoyed reading and learnt quite a bit too.
This front cover is so very striking! The blue backing that gradually gets darker and a heart-shaped mirror; with cracks coming off it, made me feel intrigued in a way. As you know I’m a fan of the swirly writing of the title and Soulla’s name because I think it gives off a more personal touch.
Georgia marries her very first love Nicolas; their wedding is full of love and Greek Cypriot traditions; surrounded by their family and friends. Nicolas work’s hard while Georgia stays at home to rise their three son’s and run the house. Now the boy’s are all at school and with her husband disappearing or late home, Georgia want’s a bit more from life than just being a mother and wife and decides to get a part-time job. Nicolas makes his concern’s heard and agrees as long as she can still cope with the boy’s and their commitments and the house. She knows she can do this and applies for a secretary for a secondary school’s music department. When Georgia get’s the job, she juggles her home life and work life, the only problem is Nicolas and his snide comments and often turning up at home late with some excuse or other. Her suspicion of her husbands where about’s grow’s more and more. On the other hand her work life is great and it gives her the confidence to what more from her work and considers studying to be a teacher. But with her marriage on a rocky path her world is about to turn upside down as she discovers what her husband has been up too! But what has he done? what does this mean for the family? Can Georgia manage what is about to happen to her?
Georgia has a best friend Thalia who has fallen out of love with her controlling husband Tony and decides to end her marriage to him. These two women show great strength for each other providing much-needed support through good and bad times.
Broken Pieces of Tomorrow had me hooked from the very first page, it was really an exceptional read indeed. I really found it hard to put down as Georgia’s story unfolded before my very eye’s. I also found that I was visualising the characters while I was reading which is always a good sing in my eye’s ( excuse the pun!) I think my most favourite thing about this book is Georgia and Thalia’s friendship. They support each other through all the up’s and down’s, and give each other much-needed advice. I found their friendship really beautiful and every woman should have a best friend like that!!!! Another thing I really stick’s out to me is Georgia’s determination because boy does she have a bumpy ride through this book!!!!!
Soulla has written such a well thought out story; which is gripping, intriguing and above all a dam good read! She has a wonderful writing style which I enjoy immensely I will definitely be returning to re-read both of her book’s without a doughty!
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