Authors Spotlight: Soulla Christodoulou

Broken Pieces of Tomorrow by Soulla Christodoulou

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A poignant story of how a loving wife and mother copes with betrayal after 14 years of marriage. Through determination and sheer commitment and drive not only does Georgia, a forty-year-old Greek Cypriot woman, find a new life path to follow but discovers a new self along the way who had been buried beneath tradition, unspoken expectations and the demands of her husband.

Despite her education and her intelligence Georgia loses herself in marriage and motherhood and along the way becomes a shadow of her former self.

After ten years of bringing up her three boys she takes on a part-time job in a local school and she awakens something new within herself much to her husband’s lack of encouragement and support. Marriage has become a habit and she learns to live with her husband’s sarcasm and unrealistic demands. He’s a typical Greek man after all and different to the 15-year-old she met years before. All he’s interested in is that she continues to manage the house and the children.

As Georgia throws herself into her new job she discovers that she is capable of so much more and she had forgotten the extent of her capabilities. But alongside her new found confidence and happiness, she discovers her husband’s underlying secret which blows her world apart. She struggles against her belief in him and their marriage and what her instinct is telling her. She tries to hold on to what she has choosing to believe Nicolas’s explanations. But she sees with her own eyes, what she has been desperately hoping wasn’t true and is forced to admit her marriage is over. She struggles with the humiliation and the torment of how his lies have taken away a life she had only ever believed was safe, comfortable and secure.

Finding herself single again she must not only cope with the trauma of a broken marriage but her husband’s bullying and harassment. But Georgia is not easily broken, despite her future being shattered. Determined to keep the boys with her, and the family home they have only ever known, Georgia re-trains as a secondary school teacher.
She re-discovers herself as she delves into the dating scene and together with her closest friend, Thalia, who has troubles of her own, she muddles through and even take a girl’s holiday to New York and to Barcelona.
This is a semi-biographical story of a woman’s journey of self-discovery both emotionally and spiritually, a story of love lost and love found, of strong female friendships and family support, of being pushed to the limits.

Will Georgia mend her broken pieces of tomorrow?

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Top customer reviews

A heart-warming journey of emotional self-discovery. The novel gives the reader an insight into the experience of the modern London Greek Cypriot community and is also an open and honest account of losing and finding true love. I received an advance beta reader copy of the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
An intensely personal tale of one woman’s emotional journey as a lover, wife, and mother, and the self-discovery it brings. There is much in Georgia’s story to relate to – and it is told with great sensitivity and generosity. The reader is absorbed into Georgia’s world as she experiences maternal joy and marital despair, familial support and professional challenges – and enjoys many a sumptuous Greek feast along the way! I was fortunate to read an advance beta copy of this book.

About The Author: Soulla Christodoulou

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Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to university and studied BA Hotel & Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business Studies and an MA in Education.

Soulla is a Women’s Fiction author and wrote her first novel Broken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full time in secondary education and is a mother of three boys.
She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and Children’s Creative Writing Classes.

Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters will be featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’ out in September 2017.

When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and clove tea!

She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and is releasing her second novel, The Summer Will Come in Autumn/Winter 2017.

Other Work by Soulla Christodoulou

Sunshine After The Rain by Soulla Christodoulou

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A collection of 30 poems inspired by old sayings and phrases. Many of us have grown up listening to our parents and grandparents saying them, our teachers and friends. I too say and use many more than I ever used to and wonder whether that’s part of wanting to hold onto the myriad of memories that these old sayings and phrases often conjure up.

Included in the collection are poems written around a number of different themes and ideas to evoke thoughts and feelings about hope, love, happiness, disappointment, beauty, struggle, resignation, joy, life and nature. I’ve even included that most British of all things, the weather!

You will find poems inspired by phrases such as Light at the end of the tunnel, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Busy as a bee, Money doesn’t grow on trees, Till the cows come home, Saved by the bell and many more.

 

So whether you’re interested in old phrases and sayings or just like poetry and would like to be lost in a beautiful world of words and feelings read on and I hope you enjoy my work.

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