Thursday, 5 December 2019

Unlocked by Soulla Christodoulou


Unlocked by Soulla Christodoulou
Self published in the UK on the 3rd December 2019.

One of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Helen, wallowing in pain and shunning the world and everyone around her, happens across an inspirational quote in her local store after leaving the house for the first time in weeks. Instantly, its message awakens something within her and she books a flight to a country she has always wanted to go.

In India the sounds, sights and colours of this spiritual place, evoke a new awareness within her and the promise of release from the agony of her husband’s infidelity. An impromptu encounter and an invitation to a local wedding open up an unexpected path and a flood of long-forgotten feelings.

Unlocked is a heartwarming short story of a woman finding her sense of self again after the breakdown of her marriage. It could almost be considered a coming of age story I think! Although not having experienced Helen's desire for isolation to quite such an extent, I could empathise with how she shut herself away from the world and also, unexpectedly, with the effect a beautiful Rumi quote has on her outlook. Her snap decision to visit India turns out to be just what she needs and I loved immersing myself in Soulla's evocative descriptions of a country she obviously knows well. I felt a real sense of authenticity in these scenes and also appreciated her delicate touch when presenting the burgeoning romance between Helen and Anil. Their interractions are so lovely, sweet without being saccharine, and this whole story left me with a big smile on my face. Unlocked is the perfect antidote to miserable winter days!


Meet the author
Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents, Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to university and studied BA Hotel & Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business Studies and an MA in Education.

Soulla is a Fiction author and wrote her first novel Broken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full time in secondary education. She is a mother of three boys.

She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and Children’s Creative Writing Classes as well as proof reading and other writing services.

Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters is featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’, released on Amazon in September 2017.

When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and clove tea!

She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and The Summer Will Come is her second novel. She is currently working on a third novel Trust is a Big Word about an on-line illicit relationship that develops between two people.

Author Links:
Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads


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6 comments:

  1. That cover alone is enough to make me want this book! The story sounds perfect for those long dark nights!

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    1. It's a stunning cover isn't it! I adore the colours :-)

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful short story. I am glad it was a winner for you.

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    1. It certainly was! I was quite tempted to take my own India trip on the strength of this story

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  3. Ooh, I would love to explore India alongside with this main character who is finding herself and the strength in herself. It sounds like a motivating and emotional read.

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    1. I think you would enjoy this story, Olivia.
      I like stories of older women re-establishing their individual identity

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