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  • 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)
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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.

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By sarah hardy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2016
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I read Homecoming by this author a bit ago and absolutely loved it, so was over the moon to see she had also written another novel which is this one.

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.
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A powerful novel that shows the highs and lows of a very special relationship between mother and daughter. All the characters were believable and I cared about what was happening to them.
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.
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A superb read. So funny and moving. Wonderfully drawn characters that you root for throughout. Tanya Bullock uses the perspectives of her characters to maximum effect. Anyone who has worked in the field will find this honest and insightful, but you don't need to have come across learning disability to enjoy this brilliantly told story.
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A warm and thought provoking book. Full of rich descriptions to absorb the reader. Totally believable and likeable characters, that anymore can relate to. This is a book that stays with you and makes you question your life as a mother and daughter. Highly recommended.
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Tanya Bullock's first novel is a must read; it deals sensitively and deeply with the growing pains of a Special Needs teenager and the problems that ensue for those around her who love and care.
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As a teacher of young people with learning difficulties, I read this book with extreme interest. I loved this novel and especially enjoyed the multiple viewpoints of the different protagonists. I found the character of Jaya fascinating as she is the first heroine I have come across with a learning difficulty. Furthermore, her mum's struggle to help her daughter has helped me see things from a whole new perspective (as I often deal with my students' parents). Thank you Tanya Bullock for this fascinating read!
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Unhesitatingly five stars. A truly wonderful, thought-provoking and heart-warming read. It's a love story, but not a conventional one, about the uncompromising love of a single mother for her beautiful but learning-challenged daughter.

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.
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Thoroughly enjoyed it, and excellent book and well worth the money. Very vivid and emotive. Heartfelt and provocative. Can't wait for the next one.
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