Official Review: Small Change by Keddie Hughes

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Re: Official Review: Small Change by Keddie Hughes

Post by Eva Darrington » 20 Aug 2018, 11:34

bookowlie wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 10:44
The casual, breezy writing style moves the plot along at a steady pace. There is just the right amount of detailed description without bogging down the story. I spotted a few errors (not capitalizing the first word in a sentence, a missing apostrophe, incorrect use of plural vs. singular, and a missing word). The errors surprised me, given the otherwise high quality of the writing.
I enjoyed reading your review. I read the sample and also thought the writing moved the story along well. Just the right amount of imagery to help the reader grasp the context. I noticed the book is based on true events, which is also a draw for me. It sounds like a fun read with interesting characters. Thank you for the great review.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams

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Post by Princeroland » 20 Aug 2018, 11:45

Izzy played a good role by trying to stop her husband's runchy life
this book is really educating and worth reading, in any thing a man does in life, he should count getting drunk off it because it has so many regrets that comes with it when you come back to your senses

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Post by Harzelryan » 20 Aug 2018, 11:52

Really captivating, having a single unforgettable character who drives the story around is really interesting. It was a nice review though thanks.

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Post by Ana-Maria-Diana » 20 Aug 2018, 11:53

I like that the author did a good job individualizing the characters.

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Post by Lee_Reads » 20 Aug 2018, 11:55

Thanks for the review. I am drawn to this book because the setting is in Glasgow, Scotland. Also, Izzy seems like a complicated character. What small changes will she make? I’ll add this one to my reading list.

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Post by Shas F » 20 Aug 2018, 12:10

Keddie Hughes writes Small Change with a deft, concise and uncluttered style that nevertheless captures the thoughts and emotions of the characters like they were images reflected on a mirror. Small Change is about Izzy, a fortyish woman who is losing her feelings for her alcoholic husband, Jim, an executive with a company about to land an alarm contract with his favorite football club, the Rangers. With her son Davy going to college, Izzy reassesses her life and decides to take up social science in school and be a volunteer for the Citizens' Advice Bureau, a non-profit group aiding people with financial problems. She meets Sean who shows up at the bureau on behalf of his brother Connor who lost his son and is in dire financial straits. Izzy takes an interest in Connor's case. Meanwhile, Jim's alcoholism worsens and he tells his therapist that he witnessed a fatal attack on a young man after a football game. Sean, a journalist, pursues an investigation into the Rangers' money problems and corruption. All these strands are connected. In Keddie Hughes' storytelling, they are pieces of the puzzle making up a whole. Small Change is about a crumbling marriage, a man who self-destructs under the weight of his guilt and Izzy, who must learn to bring her life back on track. Thanks to Bookowlie for a comprehensive review of Small Change that does it justice.

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Post by judtmoore » 20 Aug 2018, 12:15

Very well written review. You did an amazing job at summarizing the general plot line of the novel without giving away any spoilers. I normally would not be interested in reading a book in this particular genre, but your review really intrigued me. I'm a sucker for character driven plots and deep character development. I may have to give this book a go.

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Post by palmerNgozi » 20 Aug 2018, 12:23

Wow amazing review. The characters seems real and easily relatable, just the kind of books I enjoy reading.

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Post by pathiyilprasanthi » 20 Aug 2018, 12:32

I would like to read it. Izzy's character seems to be very interesting. The best part is that the backdrop is set in Scotland. Looking forward to the description of nature in the book too.

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Post by sharkyjen998 » 20 Aug 2018, 12:34

Thank you for this review! That is so tragic about Izzy and her relationship problems. I have known many alcoholics, and they are somewhat sympathetic characters in general. I may have to read this one.

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Post by WonderReader » 20 Aug 2018, 12:43

The book sounds amazing from the review, but I read the description on the back of the book, and I can say it confused me alittle. It said Izzy is attending college and her son on his way to college?

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Post by KarlaE89 » 20 Aug 2018, 12:52

Your review of Small Change piqued my interest in this book and I must say I already cannot wait to read it! First off, I love the fact that it takes place in Scotland as it satisfies my wanderlust in literary form. Second, when I first read about Jim's alcoholism I must say I immediately resonated with Izzy and her desire to leave him as soon as her son is off to college. What I was not expecting (and ultimately grabbed my attention the most) was your mention of the end of the chapter therapy sessions that Jim attends. I was immediately interested in his character and what these therapy sessions revealed about him. Third, your description of the casual writing style of the book put it at the top of my bedtime reading list. Thank you for your excellent review and I look forward to getting my hands on this one!

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Post by sabrekat333 » 20 Aug 2018, 12:55

Interesting review! Not sure how I feel about this plot line, but I am intrigued. I like how you didn't say too much about the character's, just enough to let us know that there was more to know. Thank you!

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Post by swlly » 20 Aug 2018, 13:27

I totally agree! I loved how charming Sean was and the book is utterly amazing. The perfect mix! The reader really sympathizes with Izzy and the Scotland setting is just wonderful.

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Post by AngharadB » 20 Aug 2018, 14:12

I agree that right from the very start the characters are well drawn, so I think we probably like the same kind of books, which makes me very eager to read more! I love your review, it's very clear and articulate.

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