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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JCUIZEQ
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- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
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!)
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent first book from new writer Alice May. Although there are no names used in the book, you can identify with the characters and understand the anxiety felt by the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mrs B.
This is a fabulous book. The horrendous falling apart of a home is mirrored by the wonderful story of a loving and caring family pulling together and supporting each other. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Debbie
Let me start by saying that Accidental Damage is an emotional, joyful and funny read. Inspired by a true story, its about one women's battle to succeed against what appears to be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Corcoran
I absolutely loved this book. Alice May beautifully portrays how the family keep eachother going through an extremely difficult time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this story, beautifully written & so easy to read. Showed the strength, loyalty & love that the author has towards her family & survival through a catastrophe that would send... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S C Bailey