Patience by Victoria Scott @Toryscott @aria_fiction #Patiencenovel #bookreview

Patience written by Victoria Scott, publisher Head of Zeus, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

If you were offered the chance to be ‘normal’ would you take it? Do we even know what ‘normal’ is?

The Willow family have been through a lot together. Louise has devoted her life to her family and raising her disabled daughter, Patience. Pete now works abroad, determined to provide more, even if it means seeing less of those he loves. And Eliza, in the shadow of her sister, has a ‘perfect’ life in London, striving to live up to her mother’s high standards.

Meanwhile, Patience lives her life quietly, watching and judging the world while she’s trapped in her own body. She laughs, she cries, she knows what she wants, but she can’t ever communicate this to those who make the decisions for her. Patience only wants a voice, but this is impossible.

When the opportunity to put Patience into a new gene therapy trial to cure her Rett syndrome becomes available, opinions are divided, and the family is torn.

The stakes are high, and they face tough decisions in the hunt for a normal life. But is normal worth it? What do we even consider normal? Is Patience about to find out…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Victoria Scott’s debut novel: Patience. Patience is one of those books that you will find a place in your heart and it will stay there forever. It is a powerful story full of raw, honest emotion that will pull at your heartstrings and your mind will be given plenty to contemplate and ponder over. It’s also a story filled with warmth, humour and moments of magic that will light up your life.

It’s hard to believe that Patience is the author’s debut novel as it is such an accomplished read. They do say write about what you know and Victoria Scott has channelled all her inside knowledge of growing up and living with a disabled young woman, all this experience has created Patience and I can’t thank Victoria enough for bringing to light this wonderful book.

Patience is a young woman who has been living with Rett syndrome for 30 years and this is her story and her family’s story coping with life and it’s ups and downs. The chapters in the story are told from different members of the family and are leading lady, Patience, has been given her own voice.

When Patience mum hears of a new ground-breaking gene therapy trial to reverse Rett all her hopes and dreams for Patience feel within grasping distance. However, this therapy is not without risks and a divide in the family supporting the trial brings many heart breaking and soul searching moments. Can a therapy to help Patience and others like her break the minds of those around them?

I loved this young woman Patience from the start and found myself getting emotionally charged from the first chapter. Patience is unique, she’s funny, she’s outspoken, she’s got a voice and opinion but due to her condition no-one else can hear her. The strain within a family bringing up a disabled child must be constant and the author has highlighted this with honesty and compassion. I also felt the overwhelming helplessness at times and also a love so strong nothing will come in it’s path.

I simply adored this story. A story of a family coping, adapting, facing obstacles, new beginnings, hope but most of all a family enjoying the uniqueness of each individual person.

Truly wonderful!

About the author

Victoria Scott has been a journalist for more than two decades, working for a wide variety of outlets including the BBC, Al Jazeera, Time Out, Doha News and the Telegraph. Alongside her love of telling real-life stories, she has also always written fiction, penning plays, stories and poems ever since she first worked out how to use her parents’ electric typewriter.

When she’s not writing, Victoria enjoys running incredibly slowly, singing loudly, baking badly and travelling the world extensively.

Victoria is a Faber Academy graduate. She has a degree in English from King’s College, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London. She lives near London with her husband and two children, and works as a freelance journalist, media trainer and journalism tutor.

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