Oh! What a Pavlova
by Isabella May
Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.
Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.
Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.
And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…
But will she escape before it’s too late?
Very well-written and thought provoking book!
Looking at Kate from the outside, at first glance, you would think she lives a life anyone would envy. However, if you took a deeper look, you would see it’s anything but that. She lives a double-life. She is a successful businesswoman and travels all over the world, meeting interesting people along the way. At home, if’s very different, she has lived with a man who is quick-tempered and abusive. As she continues to travel, she begins to think maybe there is a better, happy future for her, but she is the one who has to take that first step before things get a lot worse.
There were times I wanted to slap some sense into Kate. She is by no means perfect. She has flings with men, but she always goes home to Daniel every single time. Her taste in men at times is definitely not the best. I wanted her to get off the dangerous merry go round she was on, yet I could understand her reasons because of her fear and self-confidence issues which are all parts of being captive in a violent relationship with someone.
I thought Isabella May did a great job of showing her readers some aspects of domestic violence that we may not always see or even know about. Kate is successful. She does travel, and she seeks the companionship of men who may give her a brief respite. She also shows us those men don’t fix the issue. Kate has do do that for herself. She has to learn to love herself and be healthy before she can jump into another relationship. She told Kate’s story with love, understanding, and even gave us a few laughs. Hopefully, someone in a similar relationship will read Kate’s story and take his or her first step to finding a life that is both safe and happy!
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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.
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Q & A with Isabella May
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Seven years, a whole lot of brainstorming, a burning desire to dispel the myth that a violent relationship is violent all of the time, a background in publishing, and a huge love of cake.
What was your favorite things about each character?
Well, there are a lot of versatile characters jumping across the pages of ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’, so we’d be here a while if I listed them all…
I’ll plump for three of the main females instead:
Kate – spontaneous, intuitive, creative
Daisy – literary, supportive, dependable, an excellent listener
Steph – body positive, self-assured, rule-breaker
Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?
No, I need absolute silence when I write. The lyrics of my favourite artists would probably end up in my sentences! I’ve yet to experiment with a little light classical music as a backdrop though…
Any favorite foods/drinks you like while writing?
Coffee, cake, and copious amounts of water.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I think my inner-self has been nudging me in this direction all my life. As a small child I would create witty stories complete with (badly drawn!) illustrations. As a slightly older kid, I moved on to surreptitiously passing folded concertina paper games of ‘Consequences’ around the classroom. As a grown-up (although I’m not sure I’ve done a whole lot of that), I loved nothing more than to concoct essay-style emails in the workplace in response to my male colleagues’ bullet point questions.
What are some are your favorite reads?
I’m a huge fan of Joanne Harris and love the way she fuses magical realism into real life. Daisy James and Julie Caplin write some pretty damn good romantic comedies. I’m also a sucker for a bit of Jonas Jonasson wit, as well as a Julian Fellowes period drama.
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