#BookReview: Keeping Joy by Morven-May MacCallum @MorvenMay #SatireFiction #Humour #ChronicIllness #LymeDisease #GoodReads #Kindle
Hi everyone. Today I have a book review for you by an author I first read and reviewed in November 2018, Morven-May MacCallum. Here’s my review for her sequel to Finding Joy … Keeping Joy >>>
About the Book:
A darkly humorous story which explores how to regain a life while living with Lyme Disease
Disclaimer: I received a free advance review copy of this ebook, and here is my honest review.
This novel has some wonderful one liners and phrases, and is filled with the most entertaining dark humour and a raw honesty which makes even the difficult stuff funny at times. I guarantee this book will bring tears of both sadness and laughter.
As with the first book, spelling mistakes, missing words, and awkward sentences make a fair few appearances. With some polishing, this would, easily, be a five-star read. The story telling and character portrayals certainly earn that.
With all of that said, the story premise, plot, pacing, characters, and world building are all done so well you feel as though you are right there next to the many characters from whose point of view the tale is told. The bravery of the main character and her supporters is moving and superbly expressed. Below are some lines that stood out for me …
‘It’s hard to know how far to push Joy, when to leave her alone because she’s not well and when to not leave her alone because she’s feeling low–the two are so closely connected that it’s not easy to tell them apart.’
‘I’m not sure if I fell asleep, or maybe I passed out. Either way, scraping myself up off the floor felt a lot like trying to peel superglue off my skin.’
‘I’ve stopped fighting to reclaim a life that’s unobtainable. There is no back, no pause, there is only now.’
This read moved me so much. In a great irony, 5 years ago when I read Finding Joy, I was disabled but well. Now, I also suffer a chronic illness—not Lyme—but so much of the experiences in this novel resonated with me and I found it all too easy to relate.
I highly recommend Keeping Joy by Morven-May MacCallum, which gets a strong four stars from me. On a side note, you will get a lot more from this second book if you read Finding Joy first. Go and check out both books!
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
For anyone interested, here is the universal Amazon link …
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
***I continue to have limited energy and time, and so need to continue posting reviews infrequently. Thank you for understanding and all your support. Now and then, I will post a review for any authors in my online circle, but won’t be reviewing traditionally published books. I’ll pop in from time to time with updates and teasers on my planned projects.
Those projects have stalled momentarily, but I’m determined to get them moving again soonest. Unfortunately, I caught COVID a while back and though I tested clear about a month ago, my lungs, energy, and brain haven’t received the memo 🤔, and added to the Fibro, it’s all doing a number on me.
My novella The Room at the End, which publishes on January 9th, has 19 preorders so far and I’m so excited and grateful 🎉💓🎉. For those of you who haven’t yet ordered and would like to, here are the UK and US links …
Keep well. Hugs, Harmony 🤗💕😊