Sarah Needs Saving by DCR Bond
Published: July 5, 2023
Genre: British Contemporary Literature
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
DCR Bond (Debbie) was born in London, but grew up Jamaica, then Zambia, and dimensions of this international upbringing feature in her writing. As a child she was encouraged to write and wanted to nurture her talent and become a journalist. She never did; instead, she studied law, then qualified as an accountant and worked for twenty years in the City. She’s not sure she ever really enjoyed that job. Now freed from the shackles of the day job, DCR Bond has reverted to her childhood passion and loves her new career. Her women’s fiction novels are light-hearted, visual, fast-paced, and easy to read, with strong credible and relatable characters. When Debbie is not writing, she can be found playing tennis (badly), bridge (a little better), in the gym, walking her dogs on Exmoor, or tending her garden – she loves cooking her own produce for friends and family. She lives with her husband in rural Devon, surrounded by their miniature bull terriers and small flock of free-range hens.
“This is a slightly complicated situation.”
Sarah lives with her husband and daughter and spends her days doing volunteer work. Though she was born into a blue-collar family, she married into a white-collar family, but she has to work three times as hard and still isn’t accepted as “one of them.” When an accident leads to a secret, Sarah starts to panic and wonder who she can trust.
This was a slow burn. The build-up took a while; things would pick up and slow back down. The descriptions were great, and the charters were described was brilliant. It is easy to visualize this person.
There was a decent portrayal of snobbery in this novel, which I found well done. How socioeconomic classes were defined and used as a theme was clever and relevant.
I wanted to like Sarah, but she couldn’t stay in her lane! Also, she seemed to have an aversion to being entirely truthful, which landed her in more trouble. Freddy was also a struggle. But the fullness of each of these characters was so realistic.
The way this plot unfolds will keep readers engaged, and the ease of reading this story will keep readers on the edge of their seats.