Sunday, 23 September 2018

#BlogTour Costa Del Churros by Isabella May


Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Costa del Churros by Isabella May. It's an eye-opening view of ex-pats and a tongue-in-cheek parody of a variety of women, who connect and help each other in the strangest of ways. Don't forget to enter the Giveaway to win a signed copy of The Cocktail Bar (Open Internationally)

About the Author
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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Buy Costa del Churros


About the book
The rain in Spain doesn't mainly fall on the plain…
Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.
Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town's flamboyant flamenco teacher! But can she really be the answer to their prayers?
One thing's for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.

Review
Leaving aside the often blinkered view and colonial attitude of ex-pats for a moment, there is also a strange phenomenon which occurs when they come in contact with each other. Regardless of background, education, socio-economic status or type of character they are, as ex-pats they have one thing in common and that is the thing they grasp onto for dear life.

The sense and feeling of having something in common, the element that binds them and makes them different from the locals. Not that a lot of them don't bond with the natives or try to integrate into their new country of choice, although I am not sure it can be called integration when they create small home countries away from home.

It is this essence of a geographical link, which first brings the women together. Then as the unusual friendships blossom it is the similarity of their problems and sorrows as women which brings them closer. It also allows each one of them to move on instead of treading water on the same spot, as they have been doing for many years.

The reason they suddenly find themselves in a position to take back their lives to enjoy hidden desires and discover a world beyond the framework laid out for them by others, is quite simply Carmen. The flamenco dancer, who might possibly be a mixture of an exotic genie and a vague predictor of truths and fortunes.

May reminds us that, despite our differences women all share similarities on a basic level, and perhaps we should remember that sometimes. Instead of judgement there should be support, and it is never too late for new beginnings.

It's an eye-opening view of ex-pats and a tongue-in-cheek parody of a variety of women, who connect and help each other in the strangest of ways. It's empowering in the quirkiest of ways. In fact let's all take up Flamenco dancing.

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Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

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