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Accidental Damage by [May, Alice]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2223 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JCUIZEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An uplifting story that makes you grateful for the everyday things that we all take for granted. How would any of us cope with the demise of our home and being forced to take refuge in a tent in the garden. Especially with 4 children, the younger 2 of whom are boys who eat anything not nailed down....

I loved the 1st person narrative and the descriptions of the characters which allowed you to get to know them through their character traits or in the case of 'Small' named simply because he was the youngest! It is a story of determination, of not letting the big guy win just because he's the big guy, of family pulling together and most of all hope that it will all come right in the end.

A great read and I eagerly await the next chapter in life of a mother and her brood. A book that in some respects every mother can relate to (even if only the empty biscuit tin!)
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I purchased this encouraged by several reviews and I wonder if I'm missing something. The narrative flips between present and two dinctinct pasts, and the author writes of loved Husband, and other people in the manner of a mums net. the light ironic tone has a distancing effect, so this coupled with forays into different times in the past make for difficult reading. the format is all to pot with huge gaps rather than paragraph breaks. really its like reading a mums net story..
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I loved this book from beginning to end. I bought this to take away on holiday and it was the perfect read with chapters that were not too long so it was easy to dip in and out of. I can really relate to the heroine's description of family life and her role as a mum in the most difficult of circumstances. It was refreshing to read something based on true events that is unlike anything else I have read before. A brilliant debut novel and I am missing all the characters already and cannot wait for the next instalment.
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I throughally enjoyed the Author's moving and humorous account of the series of unexpected catastrophies that the heroine and her family survive. It stimulates introspection regarding how I would have coped in these situations. Not nearly as well as the heroine I suspect. I would and have recommended this book to friend's and family alike.
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A beautifully written book telling the story of how a family dealt with and overcame major adversity coming out of the other side stronger, wiser and closer than ever, having learnt new things about each other along the way.
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"Please allow me to introduce you to our heroine. Unfortunately I am forced to admit that she is not at her best at the moment. An honest raconteur would tell you that, in fact, she is a complete mess."

Oh dear!! The protagonist is as much of a mess as her ramshackle house! And the next few years of her family's life! But, that isn't going to stop her from telling us a great story about what happened to her and her family in that time and how in the face of adversity, they pulled through - with a little bit of help from some chocolate fridge cake and Chaos and Logic Crispy Cakes!

This story is inspired by real life events. It is basically the tale of a family living in a ramshackle country house that suffers huge storm damage, making it an unsafe structure to live in which leaves them facing a long, painful period of negotiation with Insurance Brokers, builders and the numerous people involved in 'accidental damage' claims. It is a living nightmare.

But this is not a story of woe, it is not a story of blame, irritation or cynicism. Incredibly, it is a very upbeat and positive novel with a narrative voice that will make you chuckle, giggle and admire the resources and resilience of the family.

Each chapter is given a heading with a definition and I really enjoyed this technique. Not only does it infer what might be coming plot wise, it makes the reader think about the words we use in certain situations and how definitions can be used to give meaning or explain things but also confuse or complicate situations. Things that sound like they should be black and white and straight forward but often aren't. And it is also a very entertaining and imaginative way of pulling the reader in.
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When I first stumbled across Accidental Damage, I was first intrigued by its beautiful cover, and then by the fact that it was based upon a real life event. What would I do if my house suddenly started to crumble down around me? To be honest, I have absolutely no idea. But for the author, Alice May, she knew exactly what to do, and this is her powerful and immensely personal story.

Accidental Damage is told in first person narrative by the Heroine, who we are introduced to by the omniscient narrator. I loved the fact that the Heroine spoke directly to me. There is no fourth wall in this book. I followed her thoughts and feelings from when she noticed the very first cracks in the house, right through to the end of her wonderful tale. I actually felt like I knew her, she had become a fictional best friend.

The book is divided into what happened in the past, regarding the crumbling house, and the present day, ll told from Heroine's point of view. Each chapter clearly stated if it was the past or present, and each was given an explanatory title, which I loved. What this enabled me as a reader to do, was to easily follow the narrative. I always knew if I was reading about the present or past Heroine.

This is a gripping story, and one which I wouldn't have believed could happen, if it were not for the fact that it was based on real life events. I couldn't imagine living in a tent in the garden, not knowing if I would ever have the funds to rebuild my home. What most surprised me though, was how uplifting this book was. It was not a depressing read, but rather one about just getting on with life, and making the most of your situation. I found the story hugely inspiring.

I must also mention the fact that this novel heavily revolves around art and painting.
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