#BookReview: Gina's Therapy by Silvia Sbaraini @SilviaSbaraini @MercierBooks @DeirdreRoberts1 #GinasTherapy #Fiction
Release date - 8th April 2020
Book length - 416 pages
Publisher - Mercier Press
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I want to thank Deirdre from www.mercierpress.ie for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Gina has enough to deal with for one week: a disapproving daughter, her ex-psychotherapist living next door and a hopeless ex-husband she's still in love with. Without a diagnosis of cancer. Catapulted into the unknown territory of surgery, chemo and support groups, Gina faces her predicament with strength, wit and a faithful pair of elasticated-waist trousers. As treatment progresses, Gina finds herself asking surprising questions. Will she ever be able to concentrate on what her oncologist is saying, without being distracted by his enormous moustache? Should her best friend's thirty-year love of David Essex prevent her advice from being taken seriously? And how will she explain her bald bonce to her seven-year-old granddaughter?
With everything that is going on I have to admit that I lost my reading mojo somewhere along the way and it wasn't the fault of any of the many books that I picked up, it was just me. So when I picked up GINA'S THERAPY by Silvia Sbaraini I was pleasantly surprised to feel myself connect with the characters straight away and feel that little pull of excitement again. And just like that my mojo was back!
Gina's life is complicated - from her on-again off-again relationship with the man she has loved her whole life, her strained relationship with her only daughter, the ghost of her mother who haunts her intermittently, and her new next-door neighbour who used to be her therapist. Oh, and we cannot forget about her adorable granddaughter's poop obsession which she may have started. So when she gets a cancer diagnosis, it throws her even more. How is she going to cope with this on top of everything else that is going on in her life? Thrown into treatment, Gina faces this new test like she has everything else in her life, with her own brand of humour and inner strength that knows no bounds, and it was a pleasure to be alongside her through it all.
The characters are the huge stars of this story and GINA'S THERAPY truly is unique. I adored Gina's strength and ability to laugh throughout it all but I also connected with the vulnerable side of her too. All of the characters play an important role in this book and I enjoyed them all immensely. You will laugh, you will shed a tear, and you will feel like one of the gang as you read GINA'S THERAPY by Silvia Sbaraini. If ever there was a book to distract you at this time, this book is it - enjoyable from start to finish.
Silvia has a background in academia and social science research and was a freelance editorial script advisor for children's television for a number of years. Her debut novel, Your Move, was published in 2017. Silvia has an MA in Creative Writing and teaches at the Open University. She was born in Italy, but brought up on the south coast of England by her mother and grand-mother. She has two daughters, two step-daughters and three granddaughters. With an abundance of women and girls in her life, it's not surprising that female relationships, family, love and friendship are frequently the focus of Silvia's writing.
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