Bill Haines – “Wow, what an emotional and exhausting rollercoaster ride through '60s Britain following a young girl's transformation from ugly duckling to a confident and sexually rampant swan, despite a horrendous beginning with a dysfunctional and squalid start. All in the context of fast-changing moralities, and as part of an eclectic circle of bohemian friends and conquests. As a debut novel this is an exceptional portrayal of unconventional lifestyles, the angst and frustration of the gay community, and one girl's relentless ambition to reach the top by whatever means she can. Well done!”
YorkshireJan –“I was drawn into Sophia's whirlwind journey from angst-ridden teenager to confident young woman, right from the first page. Fast-paced and racy, this book was a real page-turner, and I was willing Sophia's transformation to be a success...can't wait to read the next one!”
V. L. Forrest – “For anyone who was coming of age in the sixties this book resonates with much truth of that era. It is recognizable as much in the larger cities of Canada as it is where it takes place in the UK. Edith, a young woman with low self-esteem and an abusive father, is taken under the wing of her older cousin Ronnie. The fact that he is gay, has great taste, and is prepared to remake her life, sets the stage for all that is to follow. Edith becomes Sophia in a remarkable transformation that affects all aspects of her life. It is a story filled with ethos and pathos, humour and all the sex of the 60's free love revolution, which will strike a chord with many whether straight or gay and will leave you wanting to find out what happens next. A touching, moving and funny book definitely worth a read. An author to watch.”
Jennifer Lee – “I wasn't sure what to expect with this book and, as a 30-something year old, I didn't think I'd relate to the main character or the time period of the 60s, but that worry was unwarranted! I thoroughly enjoyed this new twist on the 'Cinderella' story about a miserable girl getting a second chance!! It's a mixed bag of characters and gave me insight on what it was like to be gay in the 60s and how it's so different from today. It was a real page turner and I'm looking forward to following the story through the next 5 volumes!”
Darlene Mace - "This is a really enjoyable and lively read. The characters are vivid and entertaining but there is much more here than a simple albeit sassy Cinderella story. The characters linger and so do the 'scenes'. Easily and heartily recommended."