Storm in a B Cup

Fiction - Chick Lit
270 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2014
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Author Biography

Lindy began writing at University but never really wanted to be 'an author'. She wanted to be a princess or at worst a Kindergarten teacher. Her first novel, Heart of Glass, was penned in 2006 and since then she has become known for writing funny, forthright romantic fiction with a cast of crazy, comic characters in outrageous situations - many of which have actually occurred in her life. Lindy is also well-known for her romantic novellas which have repeatedly topped the short stories charts in the US and UK. She gains most of her inspiration from her dreams, listening to music and watching ridiculous amounts of reality TV.
She is currently working on the steamy SEVEN DAYS series/serial.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Lindy Dale writes an earnest, heartfelt story in her novel, Storm in a B Cup. Sophie Malloy is in a long term relationship with Brendan; they share a home and bank accounts. She has a wonderful six-year-old son and owns her own shop. Life is simple and blissful, until she is diagnosed with breast cancer. A silent storm begins brewing and soon it is unleashed. Sophie's life gets turned upside down and inside out after she receives the news that she has breast cancer. Sophie soon learns that breast cancer is taking much more from her than just her breast. Disappointments, betrayals, multiple surgeries - through it all she refuses to give up on life. Her experience allows her to discover genuine love and friendship and opens her eyes to those who were mere obstacles in her life. Breast cancer becomes a catalyst for change. Painful endings open the door for new beginnings for Sophie.

Storm in a B Cup captures the emotions and the mind of a cancer victim. Lindy Dale writes with unadulterated sincerity, using her own personal experience as a means to portray the character of Sophie Malloy. The mixture of humor blended with the emotional and physical pain made a uniquely clever, yet truthful “cancer-killing” cocktail. (All cancer victims desire the death of cancer.) As the reader, you feel the roller coaster ride of the character as she fluctuates between anger, sadness and hollowness. The cast of characters - zany, spiteful, obsessive, and lovable - were written in a manner that supported the “realness” of the protagonist. The author’s style was filled with moving metaphors and poignant phrases. One of my favorite was the description of tears as “canals of sadness springing from my eyes.” Cancer sucks! Storm in a B Cup illuminates the truth regarding the “life altering effect” of breast cancer. Thank you, Lindy Dale, for writing with honesty and wit, and for making the ending a fresh beginning.

Lit Amri

Twenty-nine-year-old single mother Sophie Molloy is diagnosed with breast cancer. As if that’s not enough, she loses her boyfriend, her best friend and her house. Set in Perth, Australia, Storm in a B Cup by Lindy Dale is not solely focused on the trials of having breast cancer, but is a commemoration of living one’s life to the fullest despite the hardships. The story, which is largely based on Dale’s own experience, is sprinkled with humor even though it revolves around a serious medical condition.

Author Lindy Dale was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, so readers can tell right away that the medical procedures mentioned in the story are authentic and no doubt a valuable learning experience for some. The protagonist, Sophie, is easily relatable and she bravely faces her difficult journey head on, despite a few tumbles here and there. Dale’s prose is easy to read and the pace is swift from start to finish.

Sophie’s son, Rory, is a wonderful kid who handles his mother’s condition better than her ex-boyfriend, Brendan. I could not fathom how a person could react the way Brendan did, but sadly, people like Brendan do exist. All is not lost though, as Sophie still has caring people in her life, not forgetting the good-looking and wonderful plastic surgeon Dr. Jared Hanson. Overall, for such a serious illness that often robs people’s joy in life, Dale gives readers an inspiring and witty perspective from a patient’s viewpoint. It’s an uplifting book which is also a pleasant read.

Maria Beltran

Storm in a B Cup by Lindy Dale tells the story of Sophie, mother to six-year-old Rory and partner to Brendan. She has a shadow in her breast. After a painful biopsy (on account of what she thought was insufficient anesthesia), the universe seems to be conspiring against her as she gets bumped off to another later appointment, after having been told to come back a week after the procedure. The excruciating wait gets longer and she gets more paranoid. Then the doctor confirms it: it is breast cancer. A whirlwind of emotions erupts in her and her immediate community, and the disease triggers so many changes within and beyond her control for which she has to steel herself.

They say laughter is the best medicine, and Storm in a B Cup starts off that way. It’s hard to miss the dark sort of humor as author Lindy Dale hides a serious situation beneath rather hilarious metaphors in the way that some people try to cope with a case as dismal as breast cancer. Surprisingly though, the seemingly trivial thoughts that run through Rory’s head as she battles for her life are as honest and realistic as they are sharp and funny. And this kind of approach, despite giving us giggles, still brings us down to the same feeling of discomfort and confusion as things get dimmer for Sophie. How does one deal with breast cancer? How does one support a friend, or a family member who suffers from it? In this book we get a whole range of reality-based reactions from Sophie and everyone around her -- from supportive, to empathetic, to confused and weak. And in the end, one realizes it’s not just the medicine that can help a victim cope, but that laughter, lots of wine, and good people are just as handy to have around you. This book brings the reader face to face with breast cancer and a few laughs as well. Entertaining read!

Kayti Nika Raet

In Storm in a B Cup, a breast cancer story by Lindy Dale, Australian mom Sophie Molloy never expected to have breast cancer. She's pretty healthy and there are no instances of cancer in her family. Yet when what she thought was a cyst turns out to be the Big C, her life is changed in ways she never expected. Her so called best friend does a vanishing act after hearing the C-word and her boyfriend of three years breaks up with her, unable to handle the ramifications of the surgery. Luckily, she soon learns who her real friends are and they rally round her, offering support and their usual crazy antics. Karma shines her way in the form of Dr. Jared Hanson who is kind, handsome and with a great bedside manner. Sophie Molloy struggles to put aside her feelings as he is the surgeon in charge of her reconstruction.
Storm in a B Cup by Lindy Dale is a light-hearted novel that brings a smile to your face while at the same time refusing to shy away from the seriousness of the subject matter.

Sophie Molloy is snarky and hilarious, and Storm in a B Cup is filled with an eclectic band of colorful side characters. Author Lindy Dale is also a breast cancer survivor, and the depth of knowledge gained from that experience is shown throughout the book. She writes well and in such a way that women who haven't had a brush with breast cancer can understand and relate to Sophie's troubles. The romance in Storm in a B Cup was rather light, since delving into a relationship would be against medical ethics, but once that gets sorted out the reader is in for a sweet conclusion to a satisfying story.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Storm in a B Cup by Lindy Dale is a story of breast cancer. Sophie runs her own business, has a wonderful son and a loving boyfriend of 3 years, not to mention a lovely house and a family dog. Cancer doesn’t happen to people like here, right? Wrong. Sophie is diagnosed with breast cancer and her life is thrown into turmoil. Three months after her diagnosis, she has lost a breast and her boyfriend and things are only going to get worse. Sophie starts falling for her plastic surgeon, the rather handsome Dr Jared Hansen. But, he’s her doctor; he doesn’t see her as anything other than a reconstruction patient – does he? Follow Sophie as she goes through the roller coaster ride of cancer and the aftermath, the ups, the definite downs and the sheer will to survive.

Storm in a Cup by Lindy Dale is a fantastic book. I understand much of it was written from Ms. Dale’s personal encounter with cancer and I think she has done an amazing job. It’s a story that every woman – and her partner – should read. It’s a story of survival, of courage, tears and laughter, both of which I experienced while reading it and, ultimately, it’s a story of life, of bad endings and new beginnings. Ms. Dale has a clear way with words and I take my hat off to anybody who writes a story based on their own personal circumstances. It isn’t easy, but it’s something that more people should do.