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Angelica Stone

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Following years of sexual abuse and resulting psychological trauma, Angelica Stone has learnt to rely solely on herself. Unwilling to allow anyone to get close to her, Angelica is reluctant to allow her work colleague Lola into her life. Lola, in contrast to the damaged Angelica, is from what appears to be a happy middle-class family. But all is not what it seems…
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published July 26th 2017 by The Book Guild
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Dash fan
5 A Gritty, Powerful and Compulsive read

Angelica Stone is a fabulous book. It's a compulsive read that really draws you in.
When I first see the cover I assumed it would be a fluffy light hearted read.
But it's a dark, gritty read with secrets, drama and a friendship bond that I didn't want to put down.

I won't go into the plot as I want you to experience Angelica Stone for yourself.

What I will say is there are some sensitive subjects which some readers may find difficult but Susi handles them with
Tan Markovic
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5 stars!

As soon as I saw this was available for review I had to grab a copy - the synopsis seemed incredibly interesting and that is was! A solid read and I was left far more emotional than I anticipated. This novel definitely hits on some very serious and heart breaking topics, but I do feel Osborne handles writing about them incredibly well.

The characters were so well developed and the dynamic between Angelica and Lola was so
Bena Roberts
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review Angelica Stone by Susi Osborne


The Good
Harrowing, tragic and well written. A tale of two women who are very different but share things in common.

The Bad
I loved the over and undertones of this hard to put down novel. The sad and painful issues were dealt with well.

The Ugly
There is a lot of ugly in this book. But also a lot of friendship. I really recommend this compelling read. It wasn't erotic, flirty or a lot of fun - but it was a damn good read!

5 Stars - I read this book as part
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
The synopsis of this book really piqued my interest. A rough childhood with all kinds of abuse prompting a friendship between Lola and Angelica that eventually leads to healing. I mean, who doesn't want a happy ending... and if you're like me, you like the the background story that can sometimes be harrowing to read but yet keeps your attention as you empathize and want to see that (hopefully) happy ending.

Angelica, as the book title, doesn't really seem to be the forefront of this story. She
Joanne Robertson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect from the blurb from the back of Angelica Stone but it certainly wasn’t this dark and sometimes shocking drama that made my jaw drop to the floor more than once! Be warned that there are some very disturbing scenes here but as they are used within the context of the terrible crimes that have been committed, they are necessary to the plot and not gratuitous. I found myself gritting my teeth throughout some difficult to read moments but boy, did those scenes really hit ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that persuades you to read it by it’s innocent looking cover when in actual fact the blurb gives an indication that something darker might hide within but the human mind can’t quite comprehend how much evil can lurk on our streets.

Even though Angelica aka Angel seems to be the intended star of the book it’s actually a triangle of women all at a point in their life where something either has or indeed will have to change. Along with Angel there is Lola and her mother
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Angelica Stone is a much darker story than its cover art implies. Readers should be aware of potential triggers in scenes of abuse and rape which are pretty graphically described.

Despite being the title character, Angelica's story is ofen overshadowed by that of her new found friend, Lola. Lola has recently moved back into her childhood home, nursing a broken heart and attempting not to be too jealous of her parents' incredibly happy
Claire Birrell
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When two very different world's collide it's bound to an emotional roller coaster, and Angelica Stone didn't disappoint.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read if you are able to stomach this type of book, as it's not for everyone. Well written and one that will remain imprinted on my mind for some time to come. Recommended.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review.
Steph Warren
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Angelica Stone is actually the tale of three women: Angel (-ica), Lola, and Lola’s mother, Helen.

Although Angel is the title character, the narrative focuses more on Lola and her viewpoint as she copes with the emotional problems of early adulthood and gradually gets drawn into Angel’s more serious issues as their friendship
Nicola Smith
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd read some reviews of Angelica Stone before I read it so I thought I knew what to expect, but despite that I was still surprised by it. If the cover makes you think of something light-hearted then think again as what is between the covers is much more hard-hitting than I could have imagined.

First of all, meet Lola. She's had a pretty cushy life growing up in suburbia with her parents who just can't keep their hands off each other. Apart from recently splitting up with her boyfriend and ending
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I have mixed feelings about this book. I won a copy and I'm glad I read it. I cannot deny that it kept me entertained and I was eager to find out what happened. But I found some situations a little strange. It's very hard to explain without spoilers. There are dark moments in the book, and whilst I don't deny that these things happen, it sometimes seemed that the characters reactions were a little superficial. I really dislike writing any kind of negative review so I'm struggling with ...more
Jessie Chick
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, after reading the blurb for this book I was all in for a good friendship between two women who help each other through their healing process, but I was wrong. This book was a lot darker than I thought it would be, but that's what kept me hooked. Susi did an amazing job of making the scenes job off the page. Angelica and Lola's relationship was a perfect friendship they built each other up and you get to see Angelica from Lola's perspective. From there you see how different their lives are, ...more
Donna Maguire

This book took me a bit by surprise, yes I’d read the blurb but it was a much darker story than I was expecting if I am honest, that said it is a very well written story and it is certainly one that had me thinking about it as I was reading it and long after I had finished, and it is definitely a book I was glad to have been introduced too.

The books contains quite a bit that I would class as disturbing but sadly these are things that are now common place
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beneath the gorgeous cover of purple and stars is an heart-rending novel about abuse, homelessness and poverty but ultimately it is a story of the strength of the human spirit and survival.
This book is an emotional ride through the harsh realities of abuse and the ongoing consequences for everyone who is touched by it. It is gritty, heartbreaking and hard hitting; it makes you cling to the thread of hope woven throughout. At times the story is difficult to read but Angelica’s voice is an
Misfits farm
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lola (not a showgirl) is back living with her loved up parents after being dumped by Will literally at the altar. She has taken a checkout job, despite having a degree “until she gets herself sorted out”- the words of her mother. She lives a very middle class, sheltered life and only realises this when she makes friends with Angel. Angelina Stone didn’t have the best start in life and is still struggling and Lola soon realises that she has little to grumble about and much to be thankful for ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I’d read the description, and I was expecting “laughter and tears” – but this book was a dark and delicious surprise from beginning to end, and really not what I was expecting at all. There’s a wonderful lightness about the writing that immediately draws you in, as you laugh about Lola’s life with her amorous parents, laugh at her disastrous first date at Costa and Pizza Express, and sympathise with the daily drudgery of her life on the supermarket checkout. But things turn very dark and very ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Angelica Stone is not the book it first appears.

We are introduced first to Lola who has had her heart broken and is back living with her loved-up parents, somewhat rubbing salt in the would, and working in a supermarket. her life can surely only get better?

In between humorous depictions of Lola's life at her parents and a witty, cringy account of a blind date, Angelica Stone comes onto the scene as a sweary but wary co-worker of Lola's. From a completely different background, it is clear that
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know if I have the words or the thought process to write this review. This book was just wow…

I am not going to lie this book was incredibly tough to read at times. The storylines and the content were harrowing and so dark completely the opposite to what the book cover portrays.

The book is told in the first person and the third person, mainly from Lola’s point of view, but occasionally we get Helen (Lola’s mum)and Angel (aka Angelica) with a few others thrown in. I found it easy to follow
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away! It was heartbreaking, funny and touching all at the same time.The two main characters Lola and Angel lead completely polar opposite lives.Lola has a loving family up bringing, after splitting up with her boyfriend she's moved back in with her parents. Her parents are still very much in love and have a very active sex life. This leads to some very laugh out loud moments!Angel's background is very different. She was abused by members of her family when young and put into ...more
Jo Barton
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This rather unusual book took me by surprise as I wasn't, from reading the first pages, expecting to read such a dark and, at times, quite disturbing story about two very different young women, who first meet as co-workers, and then whose lives intertwine in a fascinating, fly on the wall, sort of way.

Lola and Angelica's backgrounds couldn't be more different and yet, they form a bond of friendship which will prove to be their salvation when things in their lives start to change. That they form
Kim Shelley
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel that from the start I have to warn people about some serious trigger warnings! Please do be warned that there is sexual abuse from a young age, sexual abuse as an adult, prostitution, and homelessness in this book.Lola is your average suburban 28 year old. In all honesty she is a bit naïve about things that happen in the world. She was jilted at the altar and had to move back in with her parents, who are not what they seem and they have a lot of secrets between them. Although I did like ...more
Kerry-louise Jones
This was a very real and rather harrowing tale not for the those who like an easy read! But the writing was good and I wanted to read on to find out what happened.
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