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Ice And A Slice
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
Quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read. To say this is an easy read is almost an insult to the author, but it is meant to be the highest praise. I was totally engrossed with the characters and was screaming at my kindle "Don't do it" when SJ was about to jump off the metaphorical cliff. This was a real page-turner (or should it be screen-pusher with Kindles ;-)?) and I would recommend it (and have recommended it) to everyone.

There are four things you must do with this book: 1) Buy it, 2) Read it, 3) Enjoy it and 4) Tell your friends - they won't be disappointed. I hope there isn't a sequel as I am not sure my heart would stand up to the stress and I think SJ went through enough this time, but I look forward to Della's next book with eager anticipation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character, SJ, is deeply flawed but totally lovable and the way her drinking escalates was very thought provoking. As someone who enjoys a glass or three of wine of an evening Ice and Slice got me thinking about my own drinking and while I don't have a problem with it, the book brought home just how easy it is to let those few glasses become a few more and gradually wreck your life. This is the very best contemporary fiction of the chick lit variety because it has everything you need - romance, humour, friendship and love woven round a serious issue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
I hesitate to add yet another 5 star review to Ice and a Slice but I can't help myself. Here is a novel which captured me after the first few pages - I just had to know whether the key character would end up in life's gutter or if she would manage to climb out of the pit of despair. The surrounding characters, too, all slotted in perfectly; I occasionally loathed or loved them. But, of course, from reading her previous works I know Della Galton is blessed with the ability to take the reader on an emotional roller-coaster. It's a ride well worth taking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
I've always loved Della Galton's writing, but I think this book has to be her best to date. It manages to be both amusing and heartbreaking, and you are swept along with SJ (the main character) as she faces her inner demons - not to mention a load of unsympathetic relatives!
As well as being a darn good read, this book also helps you to understand the age-old problem of alcoholism. I found it hard to put down, and am look forward to Della's next novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2013
Sarah-Jane (SJ to her friends) likes her wine and her gin, but is realising that her drinking is getting out of control. Husband Tom doesn't seem to care and isn't helping her. Best friend Tanya is supportive but has issues of her own to deal with.

From the initial shocking scene, through the back story of how SJ got into that state, this book jogs along at the perfect pace. It's written in third person but the voice is so strong it feel like first person, and SJ feels like a real friend by the end. In fact she has her own Twitter account and facebook page so she CAN become your friend!

If you like a damn good read with an important message and upbeat ending, I'd recommend this one. I couldn't put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2013
A really entertaining - often humorous - and thoroughly thought provoking read. Just as I thought I had made my mind up about SJ, she made me think again. Ice and a Slice weaves lots of different themes - alcoholism, sibling rivalry, marriage and infidelity to name just a few, into a really good modern story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
If you're reading these reviews, you might be a bit incredulous that one book could get so many five star ratings. But honestly, it really IS that good. Why this book isn't on the bestsellers list whereas other books stay there for weeks is a mystery to me.

I started reading Ice and a Slice and genuinely did not put it down until I'd finished - it is one of the most addictive books I've ever read. And in all honesty, I can't put my finger on exactly why it's such a page turner - it's not like it's 'thrilling' like Dan Brown and it's not 'laugh out loud' like other light books such as You Had Me At Hello. The plot is fairly slight and, while there is humour, it is more of the 'knowing smile' variety than laughing-on-the-tube-til-you-spew type humour (which I am sure wasn't intended anyway).

But nonetheless I was utterly absorbed. What really sets this book apart is the characterisation. You truly do believe these characters exist, and the situations the author creates really cut to the bone with their authenticity. While I am lucky enough not to be an alcoholic, I have no doubt that SJ's downfall is an entirely accurate depiction of what real alcoholics go through, with the shame and the unstoppable inevitability of it all. But despite the dark subject matter, Della Galton handles it with a light touch, and SJ comes across as a lovable, fun and essentially good person - and not only that but totally real. I think the main reason I kept turning the pages is that I truly cared about SJ and wanted to find out what happened. This, I think, is the author's great skill and why she is such a prolific writer.

If you're wondering whether to buy it, just give it a go - I'm sure you won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2013
This book should have a warning for those who need their sleep

I just couldn't put it down - lost nights sleep to finish it!

By far the best read for years. Beats brother's Archer hand downs by miles.

Do I have to wait long for the paperback so I can end him a real book for his Birthday?

And I can re-read it in the bath amongst the bubbles without risking drowning the kindle
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2013
Just read another one of my favourite author's books and particularly enjoyed this one. I actually bought it yesterday and had to stop doing my housework to read it. Much deeper than a light romance though it did have romance in it. I couldnt put it down, I had to know what would happen at the party and I wasn't disappointed. It's shocking, but it's also funny in places and terribly poignant. I loved SJ the heroine, I could see she was on a path to self destruction but it was so real. I could also see how this could happen. thought provoking and gripping. I have a feeling a lot of people will love this. It's definitely her best one yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2015
As a professional voice actor I get to read and narrate varying types of dialogue. Surprisingly, I am not a natural born reader of novels or indeed literature of any description. However, by coincidence I was given this book. As with many other books given to me they usually stay on a shelf and gather dust and I pathetically give the writer reasons why I haven't read their work etc. Once I picked up this book though by Della Galton, I was drawn into an incredible and lonely journey of SJ, clearly affected by alcohol. The consequences getting worse and worse until she realised and sought help - and even then the power of the affliction of consuming too much booze continued. I was mesmerised and eagerly awaited to turn the next page. I think Della has captivated her audience with a brilliant, harrowing, black in places, the isolating journey of an alcoholic and the devastating consequences. For someone who doesn't read - well done indeed! Super and inspiring. No doubt this will give many afflicted or family members great hope. Good work Della Galton. Jonathan Vaughan-Evans
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