Packed with fresh takes on the human condition, this life affirming book draws the reader into the deeply serious tongue-in-cheek mind of a resourceful orphan in a very entertaining, laugh out loud, exercise in fun, while at the same time gently nudging us to take a look at our own life and attitudes.
Liz McKinney-Johnson wields her psychology lightly as she meshes the various strands of her protagonist's personality and background into a perfectly rounded, balanced character, who leaps off the page into our affections - Charlie has found the key to living his psyche to the full, and takes us along on the joyous ride.
The other characters are equally consummately realised. Lily in particular will remain with me for a long time - a deeply moving study of a woman bereft, courageous, torn between public confidence and private diffidence - dutiful, tender and loving in the service of others.
Altogether a wonderful achievement - I came away smiling and am smiling still . . .
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