Book Review: Pivotal by Nikki Valance

The weather is getting colder and darker. You know what that means. More time indoors reading! If you are looking for an intelligent book that will leave you thinking, I have just the thing for you.

Goodreads Blurb

Pivotal by Nikki Valance

When you pass through a door does your life change or do you have power over who you become by the choices you make?

Dulcie Braybrooke is breaking through as a celebrated ceramicist.
Elizabeth is a lonely City head-hunter.
Annie is a teacher who’s lost her verve.
Liza is a lap dancer with a strong will and a tough life.

When a mysterious bequest throws each of the four into chaos, they seek support in the guise of hypnotherapist, Dr Kath O’Hannon. Through a process of self-discovery, their new-found knowledge weighs heavily as they unpick four decades of life choices and events. You might expect them to accept the windfall, yet if they do, something entirely unexpected lies around the corner…

Pivotal Book Cover


I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about this book shortly after finishing it. I was waiting for some big bang, a grand finale, and was left disappointed. Until I started going over things again and again in my head and finally I got it. See, the storyline of Pivotal isn’t the obvious storyline that you get in so many other books. I didn’t get it at first but when I did, oh boy, the twist was absolutely fantastic. Now I have nothing but appreciation for this beautifully written and intelligent book.

What I also loved about this book is that it is filled with strong women who are capable of taking their lives in their own hands. We have Dulcie who moved to Australia at a young age. After spending many years raising her family, she now has a successful career as an artist. Then there are Annie and Elizabeth, who both had the strength to break away from an overbearing family. While Elizabeth made a clean break, Annie is still suffering slightly at the hands of her mother and sisters. But she is working to resolve issues brought on by them and that is something to be admired. Finally, there is Liza. Liza is a single mother who undoubtedly has the hardest life of all four women but in my opinion, is the strongest of them all. She may not be living a life that I would choose but I admire her strength, her love for her son, and her continual struggle towards a better life for them both.

In my opinion, the inspiration that these four women provide is enough to read Pivotal in itself. But believe me, the storyline makes it even better. This is a big thumbs up from me.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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