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The Changing Room: A story of hope, second chances and the power of female friendship Paperback – 1 November 2019
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1920727973
- ISBN-13 : 978-1920727970
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 329,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three very different women: Anna, in her sixties, executive assistant to her lover; Claire, married to a surgeon, driving force behind ‘Suitability’, a firm helping women dress professionally for job interviews; and Molly in her twenties with four small children.
Anna’s world is turned upside down when she loses her job. She becomes a volunteer with ‘Suitability’, a clothing and styling service for disadvantaged women which was founded by Claire and two friends some years earlier. Molly becomes a client of ‘Suitability’ when she needs suitable clothing for a court appearance. Claire’s perfect life is threatened, as ‘Suitability’ outgrows both its business premises and her husband’s patience, and she sustains an injury.
The story moves between the three women and the different challenges they each must face. On the face of it, Molly has the most difficult battle. She needs to prove that she can provide a safe home for her children. Anna, who has put her own life on hold for so many years, learns to apply her many skills in different ways. And Claire has different battles to fight.
In this novel, Ms Sykes explores several different themes including domestic violence, relationship breakdown, unemployment, ill health, love and loss. She also explores the way in which women from vastly different backgrounds and experiences can support each other.
I enjoyed this novel.
This is Christine Sykes debut novel, and has a wonderful premise. Different women, different backgrounds, all with one common goal - getting women back into the workforce and regaining their self esteem and self worth through clothing.
Anna, Claire and Molly are all so different, yet whist forging new friendships, they are becoming more self aware and more confident.
I did find that the dialogue was a bit stilted at times, and as for molly - there is fine line between sounding Australian and coming across as boganish - and Molly unfortunately fell on the bogan side of that line. I found myself rolling my eyes and cringing as I was reading her parts.
I didn't find myself really connecting with any of the ladies - though that is to be expected I suppose when I have never been in any of their positions.
I did enjoy the story thought, and was happy with where the characters ended up in their lives.