5.0 out of 5 stars Superb follow-up novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2021
This book is an excellent follow-up to the author's debut novel 'Broken Lives'.
Her clear experience instils the storylines with great credibility and resonance ; it gives the understanding of how down-trodden individuals can come to make ill-judged and often self-destructive decisions. You will find yourself really caring about the characters involved, in some cases long after finishing the last page.
Despite the serious issues explored though, the book has definite 'light and shade'. There are cases of lives turned around and new beginnings offering hope and expectation
The series (more to come I hope?) would make the excellent basis for a refreshing TV drama exploring current injustices of social inequality but balancing despair with optimism. The characters are strongly drawn and I have already cast the caring April, who has great determination matched with engaging self-doubt, as Charlotte Ritchie.
by Juliet Scott Massie
Teresa is a full member of the Health and Social Care Council and holds the advanced diploma in social work. She worked on the front line in child protection for 11 years before becoming a manager. The need for confidentiality inadvertently raises many misconceptions around social workers and the families they work with and these novels provide a glimpse into the mysterious world of social work and the families whose lives are blighted by disadvantage and hardship. Broken Lives was written primarily as an entertaining read but has also been of interest to colleges and universities. Teresa is frequently asked to give presentations to social work students relating the cases discussed in her novels.
Teresa is an active campaigner for social justice and equality of opportunities. She uses every opportunity to advocate for fairness in society and speaks out against discrimination of any kind. She has seen for herself the hardship, deprivation and lifelong battles caused by disadvantage and poverty and this is starkly evident in her writing.