The past lingers on, etched beneath our skin …
At fifteen, Diana Dodsworth took the opportunity to radically alter the trajectory of her life, and escape the constraints of her small-town existence. Thirty years on, she can’t help scratching at her teenage decision like a scabbed wound.
To safeguard her secret, she’s kept other people at a distance … until Simon Jenkins sweeps in on a cloud of promise and possibility. But his work is taking him to Cairo, and he expects Di to fly out for a visit. She daren’t return to the city that changed her life; nor can she tell Simon the reason why.
Sugar and Snails takes the reader on a poignant journey from Diana’s misfit childhood, through tortured adolescence to a triumphant mid-life coming-of-age that challenges preconceptions about bridging the gap between who we are and who we feel we ought to be.
From the blurb on this book I don’t think I had realised the full potential of what this story is about.
Being a big fan of Egypt and having been there numerous times, as soon as Cairo was mentioned in the book it had my attention straight away. Not much of the book is actually set there though, the story actually alternates between Di’s present life and to different parts of her past. Even though it does flick between different timelines, it is very easy to keep up with and didn’t spoil the flow of the story at all.
Di is actually a wonderful character but her start in life hasn’t been one of the easiest. It is obvious right from the start she is quite a troubled soul. It does take a while for the story to unfold as to the reasoning of why Di is so troubled and I honestly had know clue until the author revealed it to me.
This is very much a story of finding yourself and being happy with who you are. It is very expertly told by the author and I have to say this story is quite unique to me as I haven’t read any other books on the same topic.
A book that certainly broadens your mind and one I would certainly recommend.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
Sugar and Snails is available to purchase from Amazon