Synopsis: Encounters with a pair of supersized Y-fronts; a humourless schoolmarm with an unfortunate name and monstrous yellow incisors; and a tut-tutting, big-breasted, modern-day gorgon are the norm for Ruth Roth. She’s used to crazy. Her mum squawks like a harpy and her dad has a dodgy moral compass. Add in daily face-offs with a relentlessly bitchy mirror, and Ruth’s home life feels like a Greek tragicomedy. She hankers for the ordinary. But blah is not a good fit for someone who doesn’t fit in. And isn’t meant to. Ruth’s vanilla existence is an issue for her besties—her hot-looking, obsessive-compulsive cousin and soul mate (who needs to do everything twice-twice), and her two closest girlfriends. With their encouragement and a good homoeopathic dose of ancient mythology, Ruth embarks on an odyssey to retrieve her spirit. She’s confronted with her biggest challenge ever, though, when one of these friends sends her spiralling back into a dark place. The decision she must make can either bring her out or launch the mother of all wars in her world.
I really thought for quite a while this was an autobiography, it certainly reads like one but with a lot more sass. It’s a great coming of age story where Ruth doesn’t really find herself until her mid 40’s. As a recently turned 46 year old I can take a lot of heart from that story or not. There’s a lot in here that is quite inspiring.
I really enjoyed it. The stories are hilarious and I may have laughed out loud reading on the train. Ruth is fabulous: the child who won’t shut up, the wild teenager, the non-conformist that eventually loses her way for a while. The stories cover everything: sex, religion, school, dreams and much more. Things we can all relate to.
I loved all the references to Greek mythology, they really added a unique spin to the story not to mention educational.
If I had one quibble it would be the ending which I don’t want to spoil. It felt a bit rushed. I would’ve liked a little bit more on that part although I do approve of the actual event.
Overall the book has everything and I heartily recommend it.
Thanks to Rachels Resources, Paula Houseman and Wild Woman publishing for the free arc and opportunity to join the blog tour.
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Odyssey-Teacup-Inspiring-Chick-Novel-ebook/dp/B0153VEB2I
Author Bio – Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer. But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give away design. Instead, she took up writing. She found she was a natural with the double entendres (God knows she’d been in enough trouble as a child for dirty wordplay). As a published writer of earthy chick lit and romantic comedy, Paula gets to bend, twist, stretch and juice up universal experiences to shape reality the way she wants it, even if it is only in books. But at the same time, she can make it more real, so that her readers feel part of the sisterhood. Or brotherhood (realness has nothing to do with gender). Through her books, Paula also wants to help the reader escape into life and love’s comic relief. And who doesn’t need to sometimes?Her style is a tad Monty Pythonesque because she adores satire. It helps defuse all those gaffes and thoughts that no one is too proud of. Paula lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband. No other creatures. The kids have flown the nest and the dogs are long gone.
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