Review: Hope: Stories from a Women's Refuge by Rosy Stewart, Stuart Larner (Writing As), Rosie Larner

28952444Title: Hope: Stories From A Women's Refuge
Author: Rosy Stewart, Stuart Larner (writing as) Rosie Larner
Published: Feb. 5, 2016
Publisher: Cricket International
Genre: Women's Fiction
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, 

It is a fiction ebook of stories about women who have suffered abuse and domestic violence. Its main characters are three women: the manageress of the women's refuge, the woman police sergeant, and the Russian IT expert who helps to track the perpetrators down. Each chapter deals with a different case that the women resolve.

I received this book to give an honest review.
When I started reading it I figured the stories would be a bit darker but they really were not. This book is told through the eyes of Sue and what she has encountered with those that pass through her women's shelter. The one main story that we get more information about it is the story of Liz. She seemed to have played a big role with Sue as Sue is determined to bring Liz's husband to justice for what he did to her. 
We are told  different women's story with in the book and what landed them into the woman's shelter. With the help of Sue's friend Nina she sometimes gets to get more information about certain people that will help her in turn help them. The only thing I didn't see very real is how Sue would handle situations where she had to engage those that had intend to harm others or how she would get her information. To me at times Sue seemed like a much older woman so some of the situations didn't seem like it fit her age. Though that is just me. 
For me to read what the characters had to endure is so sad but you know there is hope once they get out of that bad situation. 

Stuart Larner
Stuart Larner, CPsychol, AFBPsS.

Stuart is a chartered psychologist and writer. He worked in the NHS for over thirty years and was mental health expert for 'XL for Men' magazine. He has written self-help material and poems for local and national press, and local radio. As a psychologist he has published numerous articles in scientific journals and magazines, and has spoken at conferences.
In collaboration with his wife Rosie Larner, who is a qualified social worker and lecturer in Health and Social Care, he has written a collection of thrilling short stories about the experience of abuse and domestic violence.
As a qualified umpire with a vast experience in local cricket, he has written a humorous novel about how cricket teams are formed and run.


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    1. I removed this because I spotted a typo first time round. Now reposted below.

  2. Hi Autumn
    thanks for the review. I am glad you enjoyed it and did not find it as dark as you expected. Sue does sometimes have the mind of an older woman. That is because she has lived a lot in her personal life and has a wealth of experience from the lives of others. That’s how she can appear so much wiser than her years.

    1. Oh okay nice to know that. Thank you for telling me that, and you are very welcome for the review. Thank you for letting me review your work.


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