Reviewed by Michelle Wright
This book is about a young girl growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in a poverty hit area of Grimsby. The story is of her life through school and the effect that her brothers cot death has on their family. With no job prospects, the best she can hope for is a life in a factory. But Angie’s determination to make something better for herself, lead her into a stream of beauty pageants, where she continued and won 25 trophies.
At this point in her life things seemed to be on the up for Angie, and she met and fell in love with a man in Leicester. Unfortunately, things were not as happy as they seemed and behind closed doors, Angie was trapped in a horrifically terrifying life of domestic violence. When she finally escaped, she brushed herself off and with incredible determination put her life back together. She turned her talents to event management and worked hard to become the Director of Miss England. Along the way she married and had her son. This relationship unfortunately did not work out but Angie continued her path now as a single mum.
I really enjoyed reading this book and parts of it took me back to my own childhood in the 70’s, reading Bunty magazine and watching Miss World on the television with my all of my family. Angie’s turbulent life led me willing her to bounce back up and fight again – and she certainly did that in style! The book is written with amazing humour and emotion – an inspiring story of a real life fairytale…
RRP: £8.99 (Paperback) / £0.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.