- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (7 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1497421756
- ISBN-13: 978-1497421752
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,399,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
That Special Someone Paperback – 7 Apr 2014
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"A wonderful, poignant and witty story about the life, loves and struggles of a young woman with learning difficulties." Jill Fraser, Director and Founder of Kissing It Better Healthcare Charity 'Local author's debut novel manages to combine a sensitive subject with Black Country Humour'. "Waterstones Loves", Waterstones, Walsall --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Tanya Bullock is a college lecturer, writer and award-winning filmmaker. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two young children. She has a passion for foreign culture and languages (inherited from her French mother) and, in her youth, travelled extensively throughout Australia, America, Asia and Europe. As a filmmaker, she has gained local recognition, including funding and regional television broadcast, through ITV's First Cut scheme; two nominations for a Royal Television Society Midlands Award, and, in 2010, a Royal Television Society Award in the category of best promotional film. In 2008, she directed a short drama, Second Honeymoon, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. On maternity leave in 2011 and in need of a creative outlet, Tanya began to write That Special Someone, the story of a mother's quest to help her learning-disabled daughter find love. It is her first novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Jaya is a beautiful girl/woman who is mixed race and has special needs. Even though she is 18, mentally she is younger. Izzie her mum has basically put her life on hold to dedicate her life to her daughter and do the best she can for her.
The story itself I wasn't quite sure of to start with as it flicks between mother and daughter very rapidly as well as then going to chapters that are solely dedicated to them as well as swapping and changing to some other characters. The style in how the author has written it is one that I have never come across before and I'm still not one hundred percent certain whether it fully works for me and this is why it didn't quite get five stars.
Regardless of the writing style there is no faulting the characters themselves and the turmoil and struggles that the characters face. Izzie has to face people discriminating against her and her daughter due to her daughter being mixed raced as well as having special needs. Trying to find the right places to take her daughter where she is welcomed as well as getting the right education is a constant battle for Izzie. At the end of the day she is just like any other parent wanting the best for her child and it is such a shame of the struggles she constantly faces.
That Special Someone is such a lovely story that takes the reader into the world of a mother facing the daily struggles as well as the devotion shown to a child with special needs. Izzie is someone that I think is extremely likeable and easy to relate to, to be honest nearly all the characters are likeable ones whose lives the reader will certainly be interested in. It's one of those stories that leaves you feeling rewarded just for reading it.
The authors style of writing whereby each character spoke about their own situation and emotions left me not wanting to put the book down.
My one wish would be that the author writes another novel about Jaya showing how her life has moved forward.
Isabel has sacrified all her own opportunities for romance, always putting Jaya's welfare first. Now that naive and wilful Jaya is 19, she just wants to get married and have babies. She's beginning to get out of control, her heart set on marriage and motherhood, unaware of the consequences of her actions.
The beautifully drawn and totally convincing characters take it in turns to tell their side of the story.
I was knocked out by the quality of the writing and predict a glowing future for the author. She really does know what it takes to write an unputdownable and unforgettable book.
Although it's a serious subject, it is written with a light touch and bundles of humour, and is never maudlin or depressing.
It is far from the genre of reading that I would normally choose, but having read the first page I was hooked.
A great find, and a story that will stay with me for a long time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
That Special Someone by Tanya Bullock
This is a very believable story written from the view of many characters but about the same plot. Read more
Heartwarming and heartwrenching in turn, the characters are real. Izzie and Jaya, John and Richard, Bee and Kishan. I loved them all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fran
I would recomend you get this book, I could not put it down. Its a great read, and full of charming characters who draw you in. Read morePublished 10 months ago by carla j
A lovely warm and poignant read that stays with you long after the last page. Please let there be a sequelPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Introduced to this book via my mom as the author is one of her work colleagues, and I'm so glad she did. Read morePublished 21 months ago by kate
A fantastic debut from Tanya Bullock. An interesting insight of families living with the ups and downs of learning difficulties. Personal and close to my heart. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2015 by Miss Bethan Crimmins
I really enjoyed this book.. Miss Bullock I would love to know what happens next??????Published on 10 April 2015 by JayDee
A fabulous book, with a unique premise at its' heart - pulling you gently in and then spinning you around with its' twists and multi-layered perspectives. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2014 by PeacheyStar
This book was so beautifully written it made me feel as though the characters were a part of my own life,well done Tanya.Published on 11 Oct. 2014 by marie dutton