A Life Of Her Own 

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       April 30, 2019

 

Author  Fiona McCallum

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781489261489
Publisher:         Harper Collins Publishing
Release Date:   April 2019  

Website:    http://www.harpercollins.com.au 

Following on from her last best seller Making Peace, Fiona McCallum tackles a what can be a very deeply personal but debilitating issue, that of bullying, looking at the power knowledge and understanding bring towards making change.

A Life Of Her Own sees Alice Hamilton at a crossroad in her life. She has just completed a mature aged Arts degree, but can’t find work in her chosen field, that of history so is temping, taking whatever work is offered.

Her partner of the past four years, David, is a man who is a workaholic, a driven man always looking for the next big business deal, the next step up the Corporate ladder, having little sympathy for Alice and her employment woes.

She is offered a well-paying marketing position in a friend’s firm but declines, instead taking a position with a major real estate company; a position she feels she is well qualified to undertake, one she feels she will enjoy and excel at in her role of PA to Carmel Gold, agent extraordinaire.

The unexpected death of an old friend sees her returning to her home town of Hope Springs, where she takes a long, hard and serious look at the family left behind, her ex-husband who has grown up considerably in the past few years, apologising for the stress he put her through during their marriage. She comes to the conclusion the best thing she ever did was leave!

But things begin to go terribly wrong when Carmel Gold turns out to be something other than what she portrays, breaking Alice’s spirit, crushing her mentally and almost destroying her sanity. During all this David is often away, and Alice has once again to assess just what sort of relationship she has with a partner who is showing all the same traits of her mother and sister, that of narcissism.

With the help and support of long-time friend Lauren and her Uni friends she eventually begins to understand what is happening to her and what she needs to be able to do to make changes, to once again have a life of her own.

Inspiring, moving, with an all too real storyline, Fiona McCallum has created a wonderful story full of hope and courage which will resonate with many.