Delsey Prodigal

Young Adult - Coming of Age
519 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2015
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Author Biography

I am originally from Manchester, UK and am a creative soul. I studied mixed media art at college and gained a distinction for my efforts.

I'm a mum to 4 wonderful children, three who have flown the nest and one who is still under my watchful care.

Some people say I am funny. Laughter is indeed good medicine so I can live with that!

I have always loved reading and have been known to devour a book in a very short space of time once I get hooked. My love of reading has enabled me to observe the world in a unique way. I find people watching and psychology fascinating and bring this passion to life in my writing. I create characters who are believable.

I started writing Delsey Prodigal over 15 years ago and stored what little I had created on a floppy disc - Remember those?
The book was left unfinished in a box for many years until I discovered a gadget which was able to convert my ancient ramblings and bring them into 21st Century. Et Voila - I could begin where I left off!

I relocated to Germany in the summer of 2015 to live with my partner, Grahame. I love the culture, forests, festivals and general vibe here.

I hope to make a career from writing full time.

My second novel, Cassie's Hope will be available shortly.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Delsey Prodigal by Sue Lloyd is the story of a young man named Tom Bardsley and his father Frank. Tom lives in a small village, but he has big dreams. He dreams of becoming a lawyer and when life gives him the chance, he takes it with both hands and goes along for the ride. Throughout his academic career, he meets with people who give him a different insight on life. Some become his lifelong friends, some become his love interests, while some of them make him wonder if his decision to move this far away from home was right.

Frank was living his life the best he could when he was diagnosed with a deadly untreatable cancer. When his son left for college, his forever strong wife became his strength and his reason to live and fight the disease. Frank knows that his life is about to end, but he wants his wife to know how much she means to him. He also hopes for her to survive this and come out of the ordeal as an even stronger person.

Delsey Prodigal is definitely one of the most touching stories I have read this year. As the year is drawing to a close, I am coming across novels and stories that make me reflect on my life and imagine how these characters would be if they were real. Sue Lloyd created three very relatable and real characters in this novel. You can feel their pain, their confusion, and their will to survive. This is truly a phenomenal novel.

Amazon Customer

An Honest Emotional Journey

Firstly, I think that a disclaimer is in order. If any readers are expecting Delsey Prodigal to be like Lloyd's other novel, Cassie's Hope, they will be in for a shock. Where Cassie was an innocent, youthful read, Delsey is geared much more towards adults. There are sexual themes throughout, so it is not advised that young readers of Cassie's Hope attempt this novel.
However, Delsey Prodigal was a very good read. It was very emotional at times, tackling heavy topics like cancer, loss of a child, and other such dilemmas. There were times when I had to set the book down for a bit, because some of these issues hit very close to home in a personal way. I will say, though, that Lloyd's approach to these subjects was a very honest one. In her writing, she lays these topics all out on the table, to be explored thoroughly in the emotional state that they deserve. Nothing is sugar coated, and while some may see that as a bad thing, I find it oddly refreshing. It is written as "This is how it is, how it really is, but okay, now we're going to talk about it. We're going to go deep into this and figure it out together." In some ways, it was almost an odd sort of therapy.
Delsey is an emotional journey, to say the least. I shed tears a few times over this fictitious family and their sad plights. In some ways, I felt that they mirrored my own family and experiences. Sue Lloyd is such a captivating writer for this reason; that she writes in such a bare, exposed way that makes her stories so relatable. I will most definitely be looking out for more of her work in the future.

Theresa Snyder

A Powerful Story of Failure and Redemption

This is an excellent study of character. How does a moral, well brought up young man fall into a life of drugs and gambling? Ms.Lloyd has you walk in her character's shoes for the duration of the story and you can see how easily it all happens. In a way, this is a coming of age book or should I say a coming 'into enlightenment' book. A fine read with well developed characters and a well researched plot. (I was given this book for an unbiased review.)

Lucidity - Amazon

Another great read

This is the second book that I have read by author Sue Lloyd, after reading her novel ‘Cassie’s Hope”, and I must say that ‘Delsey Prodigal’ is just as good, if not better.
What I admire most about this author is her distinctive writing style. I’m not entirely sure what it is yet, but I find it very easy to become immersed into her stories within the very first few chapters and that feeling barely fades as I reach the end of the book.

The aspect of this story that I liked in particular is how well-crafted the character of Tom Bardsley is. He’s unique, dynamic, realistic, and often at times quite quirky and unpredictable, and his many strengths and weaknesses contrast with each other very well in a way that makes him truly seem three-dimensional.

Early on in the story, the book sort of sets a smooth and easygoing precedent and I was assuming that the rest of the plot would follow suit. Well, turns out I was wrong and the author impressed me by being able to throw in some real big twists and turns that completely change the story around and how you look at the characters and the world that Tom lives in. I couldn’t help but find myself relating to Tom and really rooting for him through the bad scenes, and I enjoyed watching him find a sort of self-redemption as he continued his personal journey. In summary, I am yet again impressed by author Sue Lloyd and she has given me another reason to keep an eye out for future releases. Definitely worth the read.

Autumn - Amazon

Wonderfully addictive. A perfect read.

Delsey Prodigal is emotional, honest and on so many levels a refreshingly distinctive read.

The Author applies back story and past events with such consideration for the reader, allowing for constant insight and growth through the multiple characters who cease to intrigue.

I felt not only compassion, but genuine empathy for Tom and the people around him, whose struggles and vices were written with such consistent authenticity, I’d be surprised if anyone reading this story isn’t filled with moments of tender despondency.

However, I found the series of emotions uplifting and perfectly contrasting, especially where new personalities were introduced through Tom’s bid for independency, following humorous dialog, visceral moments and the entertaining characters I actually yearned to follow from the page.

As a debut novel, I praise Sue Lloyd’s ability to subtly capture the moments in life we may privately relate with or could one day experience, and upon reading this impressive story, I very much look forward to beginning Cassie’s Hope.