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REVIEW: Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion on the Scottish coast, she loves a good cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching wildlife documentaries and she is never seen without her trademark red lipstick.

Although these days Veronica rarely sees anyone besides her cleaner Eileen; and with no friends or family she begins to ponder who she will bequeath her considerable wealth to when she dies.

But Veronica is about to make a decision that will change all of this, she’s about to begin the journey of a lifetime…

I requested this title from NetGalley on a bit of a whim. I hadn’t read anything by this author before but from reading the blurb I was hoping I was going to read a story about a woman with great gumption – and I wasn’t disappointed. Veronica was at first a rather cantankerous character, but as she embarks on her journey to Antarctica, we begin to see chinks in her armour. Veronica's teenage diary entries give the reader insight into the circumstances that have shaped the woman she has become.

I really enjoyed Prior’s writing style; I felt the story flowed very well. Sometimes I find books with multiple narrative strands can leave me feeling a little disjointed, but I’m please to say that wasn’t the case here.

This was a sweet and heart-warming story about how taking chances and opening your heart can change your life.

** Thanks to Bantam Press, via NetGalley, for this ARC **

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