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.