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Picking Up the Pieces by [Herwin, Misha]
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Picking Up the Pieces Kindle Edition

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Length: 241 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Penkhull Press; 1 edition (4 Jun. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GN57KE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am giving Misha's latest book a five star. Contrary to the previous review ,I think the religious references are completely acceptable.
The story line , even though simple, is engaging especially for woman of a 'certain age. ' The narrative fizzes from page one,onwards, where champagne bubbles sparkle in the light, and the fizz never stops . I read it in two sessions. A wonderful creation with twists and turns but a satisfying ending.
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Picking Up The Pieces has been a lovely read.
Liz, Bernie and Elsa are in their fifties and have been friends forever. They are all very different characters, but very close and always there for each other. When they all find their once happy and settled lives falling apart around them, they know they can still rely on each other.
I love that the story starts with the three of them having afternoon tea at an expensive hotel together, before their lives change forever.
Liz has been teaching for 30 years and her current year 10's are a difficult bunch. They have no interest in learning and for some of them their only aim is to make Liz's life as miserable as possible. When one girl accuses her of head-butting her, Liz is suspended whilst the situation is investigated. It is a lie, of course, but the head teacher has never liked Liz and does nothing to support her. She is frustrated at the injustice of it all, but has no choice but to ride it out until she is proved innocent. I felt so sorry for Liz. To spend your life dedicated to trying to improve the prospects of the children you're teaching, only to have it all thrown back in your face by a spiteful teenager must be devastating.
Bernie is a good catholic wife and mother. She works part-time, but otherwise is cooking, cleaning and generally running around after her family. That is until her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Bernie's story is one we've all heard of many times. Teenage sweethearts marry young as they find themselves expecting a child, then years later, one or other of them find themselves wondering what they might have missed out on being 'tied down' so early on in their lives. Again I really felt for Bernie. A dedicated wife and mother left to fend for herself and her boys.
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This is an interesting book that charts 18 months in lives of three very normal but very different women in Bristol. I started off disliking the character of Elsa and liking Bernie and by the final few chapters my thinking had reversed. Liz is the character for me that held the book together and she's so well written and her ending for me was the best; not the resolution of her personal dilemma but the appearance of her daughter.

I've read quite a few of Ms Herwin's books and think she has such a charmed way of writing, she can make so much of a simple situation but coming at it from another angle. For example this sentence is so well crafted: 'But she couldn't concentrate. Every time she opened a book, the words danced on the page. Like beads in a child's kaleidoscope they rearranged themselves.'

It's definitely a book aimed towards the female market and that's okay but it's not frothy and floaty like some chick-lit, and any red-bloodied male could get into this and maybe take something from it.

I wasn't too keen on the religious references and that's my only reason for the 4 stars rather than 5 and that's just down to personal taste.

My favourite line in the book was: Her control pants were digging in something cruel' how many women will associate with that line. It's a perfect example of an experienced author connecting with her intended readership.
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