by Virginia Higgins
Book review By Tasha Turner
This is what I posted on Amazon:
The Unexpected life of Carnegie Lane by Virginia Higgins is a fantastic read and a book you may want to read more than once. It can be read in a day or enjoyed over several days as a nighttime read. There is love, there is drama, there is tragedy, there is real life, and real feelings. This book will make make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will go in unexpected directions and surprise you. In the end you will feel satisfied. You will learn about the music industry, you will learn about the publishing industry. The book takes place in Australia and in England as well as other locations. Each chapter starts with a snippet of music and ends with a sentence that begins the same with only the last part of the sentence being different giving real symmetry to the book. So that still tells you nothing about the book other than how I felt does it? The book is about a family, mostly the mom. It is about how she comes to write a book, how that book comes to be published, how her life changes, changes again, and again, and yet again. It talks about how her relationship with her kids changes with each of the changes in her life. It is about her disappointments and how she learns to live with them and in the end how she triumphs. I give this a 5 star review and highly recommend you check it out.
I wanted to talk about how this book affected me personally.
There is something in the book that happened to me recently. It was something that Virginia and I had not realized would affect me so strongly. Sometimes when offering to review a book we don’t know in advance that a sub-plot will affect us greatly. And sometimes even if the author knows about our background it may not occur to them that the sub-plot may hit us and hit us hard. And even if we know the sub-plot it may not occur to us how much it will emotionally affect us. This happened with Virginia’s book. It is fantastic. And the 1st time a particular incident is mentioned I almost missed it and suspect many of you will. I actually had to go back a number of pages to find the incident when my brain kicked in and said “wait did that say x”. So while a book such as this would normally take me 4 hours to read in this case it took me close to a week as I had to take frequent breaks. I suspect as I get further from the incident I will reread the book and enjoy it even more than I did the 1st time. In many ways the book may have helped me deal with the incident. Which is a good thing. But it also led to some of my exhaustion this week. I want to thank Virginia Higgins for asking me to review her book and letting us run a contest with this book review. I was very excited to be involved in helping her free promo this weekend as well as being able to offer 3 free copies of her Faerytale Discovery.
Virginia Higgins Bio – From her website
Virginia Higgins is a mother of four children, three girls and one boy. She lives on the Mid North Coast of Australia. She was born and raised in the small country town of Inverell, discovering the joys of riding horses, chasing cows, swimming in creeks and creating mischief. She moved to Sydney where she worked for John Marsden and studied law for a while. She learned to love the underground music scene and live bands scattered around Sydney during the late 80’s.
She said: “It was an era in time that had a huge impact on my life.”
Virginia was a singer and song writer long before she became an Author, although even from a young age she showed exceptional potential to write poetry and stories as well. She also draws, and plays World of Warcraft…in her spare time. You can follow her personal YouTube page if you would like to see what she’s listening to. It’s there she showcases a lot of bands and different music styles she enjoys while writing, defining them into groups depending on her work at the time.
Her other book titles includeThe Faerytale Trilogy which is a masterpiece in the making. If you had told her ten years ago she would be writing books. She would have laughed at you.
You can find Virginia