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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Pink Ice Creams

Pink Ice Creams

by Jo Woolaston

Pink Ice Creams

Intent on fixing her broken marriage and the alcohol-fuelled catastrophe that is her life, Kay Harris arrives at her grim and grey holiday let, ready to lay to rest the tragedy that has governed her entire adulthood – the disappearance of her little brother, Adam.

But the road to recovery is pitted with the pot-holes of her own poor choices, and it isn’t long before Kay is forced to accept that maybe she doesn’t deserve the retribution she seeks. Will the intervention of strangers help her find the answers she needs to move on from her past, or will she always be stuck on the hard shoulder with no clear view ahead and a glove box full of empties?

Pink Ice Creams is a tale of loss, self-destruction, and clinging on to the scraps of the long-lost when everyone else has given up hope.

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Author Bio

Jo Woolaston lives in Leicestershire, England with her extreme noise-making husband and two lovely sons. She tries to avoid housework and getting a ‘proper job’ by just writing stuff instead – silly verse, screenplays, shopping lists…

This sometimes works in her favour (she did well in her MA in TV Scriptwriting, gaining a Best Student award in Media and Journalism – and has had a few plays produced – that kind of thing) but mostly it just results in chronic insomnia and desperate tears of frustration. Pink Ice Creams is her first novel, she hopes you liked it.

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My Review

Wow – what a book!

Kay’s story switches between one major life event to another. As a pre-teen, her younger brother, Adam went missing while on holiday – a caravan holiday with her mum and little bro. She harbours some guilt about his disappearance, and it’s clear she hasn’t really grieved and recovered from it all.

Years later she is back at the same caravan park, this time having left her husband Martin. We learn he’s a bully, an abuser with violent and manipulative tendencies, and even now, whilst in a safe place, she contemplates going back to him. But, this time, she fears he won’t forgive her actions.

Vulnerable, traumatised and paranoid, the events that play out at the caravan park and the local area are indicative of her disturbed state of mind. Yet, despite being at her lowest, she still has the strength of character and sisterly love to unravel the details surrounding her brother’s disappearance.

Peppered with nursery rhymes, holiday nostalgia as well as less happy memories relating to her marriage, the story drifts between the past and present. Sometimes, this is a little confusing and jarring – but maybe that’s just the Kindle version. I can imagine a print copy would break the text up more successfully, thus avoiding any confusion as the timeline changes.

The story totally took off, for me, in the second half, where the pace of events sped up, and Kay became clearer as to what happened to Adam – after a series of very unfortunate mistakes, generally due to her drunken state and paranoia and an ability to jump to conclusions at those times.

A powerful read, with moments of humour and sadness. The author’s character observations are uniquely made, but with such clarity and detail that brings every scene to life. Jo Woolaston is definitely a great talent, and one I’ll be following with interest, awaiting her next tour de force.


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W is for … “Wait and see” pudding!

WSeriously, it does exist!

Every Sunday there was a ritual in our house. The question, “what’s for pudding?” was always replied to as “wait and see!” Consequently, it became known as ‘wait and see’ pudding. The silly thing about it was that it never changed, well … maybe the flavour, but generally ‘wait and see’ pudding was Angel Delight!

Angel Delight was a powdered custard dessert product produced in the UK. Mixed and whisked with milk, it created a mousse-like custardy sweet dessert. Originally launched in 1967 by the Bird’s company with a strawberries and cream flavour, by the 1970s it had doubled the market for instant desserts.  New flavours were added, these being butterscotch, banana, chocolate and raspberry.

Even for a chocoholic like me, butterscotch was the best flavour. During the 1980s, it virtually disappeared from sight as its popularity took a dive, but then a revival campaign was run in 1999, featuring Wallace & Gromit.  Now, in this new millennium, the brand has made a comeback – thanks undoubtedly to a desire by my generation for the foods of our childhood.

angel_top1Happily, I can now also add that it is available here too – in a few shops that cater particularly for Expats like me.

So, it really was true what my Mom used to say – “Good things come to those who wait!”

Believe me, I’ve waited a long time for this 🙂

Carpe diem (I’m off to bag the full range, before anyone sees this!)