I am woman. Hear me roar.
Cecelia Ahern gives us 30 stories about 30 women, all titled “The Woman Who…”, that capture the different facets of women’s lives.
Humorous, moving, surreal and poignant, the stories capture the moments the characters are overwhelmed by guilt, confusion, frustration, intimidation, exhaustion – the private moments when they feel the need to roar.
Each story showcases the originality of Ahern’s talent and the versatility of her voice.
I felt absolutely honoured to receive a copy of this book. I started this very moving collection of stories straightaway and devoured it in two days. I had told myself I would dip in and out as with there being thirty different stories I assumed I’d find it easy to break it down. Let me tell you, I didn’t! I failed miserably.
It’s absolutely beautifully written. We’ve all been “The Woman Who…” at different stages and I really think you’ll all find a story that resonates with you and your own life experience, or the experiences you’ve helped friends through.
The stories are written in such a witty way. They’re incredibly clever and the length of them feels just right to tell each woman’s particular story. I didn’t feel short-changed or like I needed more. I got just what I needed from each story.
The stories are written as I feel Cecelia Ahern writes everything – with love and joy. To quote Donal Ryan, “These stories sing and cry and shout and whisper from the page.” They really do.
With 30 stories about 30 different women there are bound to be favourites and I’ve found my mind wandering back to one or two particular stories. Some reminded me of myself, others of women I know. That’s the beauty of these stories – they are written about our friends, our encouragers, the women who make us brave.
This book, for me, is about being powerful enough to make the change you need in your life and to be the answer to the questions we, as women, regularly ask ourselves.
It is a book that I will buy and pass on to the special women in my life.
So, it’s January. That’s a good time to start something new, right? So they say. In my opinion, there’s no bad time to start something new. (Disclosure: that’s a brand new attitude!)
Last year, I turned 40 and made a promise to myself that I’d pursue things I had been putting off. I also promised myself I’d say yes to more opportunities that came my way.
It all began with a photo on Instagram and a message from an old school friend. I had laid out all of my books to offer them to people if they wanted them. That was when I got the message suggesting that if I loved reading and sharing info about books so much that I should be reviewing said books and sharing more information on them. This old friend just happened to run an online lifestyle magazine and just like that Girl Meets Book was born.
It has been a slow process building up trust with publishers and getting on their “lists” but I’m now very happy with where I’m at. I don’t want to be inundated and to be letting people down because “life gets in the way”. I’m a very busy mum – as well as countless other hats I wear (we will discuss them another time!) but I do want to share book reviews and information with you and I want to get your suggestions too!
And just like that, that’s the first blog post done. I hope you’ll join me on this journey!