(review written on 10/05/2020)
Accidental Damage has been patiently waiting on my to-be-read list for FAR too long. My apologies to Alice May for taking so long to get to it.
Alice sent me a beautiful paperback copy of this book and I’m sure you can agree that it is the most beautiful cover! It’s actually a painting by the author herself. Stunning, or what!? Thank you again, Alice.
Bearing in mind that this is based on true events, it seems a bit wrong to say that I found a book about this family’s house literally collapsing around them highly entertaining, but the way Alice May tells this story is highly entertaining. That’s quite a talent given how hopeless the situation must have seemed at the time. I guess it’s partly the beauty of hindsight, but mostly proof of this family’s resilience in the face of disaster. They are such a lovely family and I truly felt for them and their plight. It must be absolutely devastating. I’m pretty sure I would have been found rocking in a corner somewhere! Don’t get me wrong our heroine has struggled. Struggled with guilt, blaming herself for an apparent insurance mix-up and as a result gave up one of her true loves, painting. It was good to know that this love wasn’t lost forever.
As a mother I totally understood the heroine of this tale and my heart went out to her. I loved that the four children are referred to by nicknames and her husband sounds adorable. A solid family unit, possibly closer than ever for sticking together through this tragedy.
This story is full of feeling. This family still managed to make many happy memories throughout a far from ideal situation. It’s quite inspirational really and told with endearing humour.
I LOVED it and I think you would love it too.
I’m looking forward to catching up with the family again in the second book of the trilogy.
If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting.
Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she?
Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it?
Does she really deserve to be whole again?
Inspired by a true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!
Alice May is a multi-tasking mother with four not-so-small children and she is fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet. They live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Her conservatory is always festooned with wet washing and her kitchen full of cake.
Following many years exhibiting as a mixed media artist, Alice decided that 2016 was the year she would write her first fictional novel. ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down’ simply wouldn’t leave her alone until it was written. Over the two subsequent years, Alice wrote Restoration – more tales from the house that sat down, followed by Redemption – moving on from the house that sat down. Thus, the Trilogy from the House That Sat Down was complete.
happy reading 🙂