Sample Saturday – an ex-pat, abuse, and lifestyle empowerment

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Why I have it: Enjoyed the review by Kim at Reading Matters.

Summary: A sort-of love triangle between Ava from Dublin living in Hong Kong; Julian the wealthy banker, who jets between HK and London; and Edith, an ambitious Hong Kong–born lawyer.

I’m thinking: Yes.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Why I have it: Just seems like ‘everyone’ is reading it.

Summary: In 2000, 15-year-old Vanessa becomes entangled in an ‘affair’ with Jacob Strane, her 42-year-old teacher. In 2017, Strane is accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who asks Vanessa to make a joint accusation. Vanessa wonders if her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship.

I’m thinking: No. I’ve run out of energy for these sorts of stories (and the blurb that includes words like ‘affair’ makes me fume).

Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky

Why I have it: A satire about pyramid marketing? Sign me up…

Summary: Lilian – 40, single, and childless – trades her job as a pet portrait artist to become part of ‘Eleven’, a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand, that promises she’ll become confident, affluent, and self-actualized. She finally feels seen for who she really is. Success! But is it authentic?

I’m thinking: Maybe – add it to the list for when I next feel like a satire?

13 responses

    • Cross that I didn’t snap up an ARC of Exciting Times when I had the chance – at the time the blurb and the cover seemed a bit lightweight, but Kim’s review convinced me otherwise.

  1. If it helps, Exciting Times is a staff favourite at work (thanks to a couple of my younger colleagues) and it’s probably the only one on your list of 3 that I would read. But since my colleagues already have, I probably won’t, as we try to share ourselves around the new releases to cover as much ground as we can between us.

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