Accidental Damage by Alice May


If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting. 

Our heroine has survived and the sudden collapse of her home- or has she?

Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed.  What happens when she decides to go looking for it?

Does she really deserve to be whole again? 

Inspired by s true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!


I would like to thank the author Alice May for the ARC copy of this book in return for a honest review.

Let me start by saying that Accidental Damage is an emotional, joyful and funny read.  Inspired by a true story, its about one women’s battle to succeed against what appears to be insurmountable odds.  To not only rebuild her home, keep her family together, but also heal herself.

We all face daily challenges to get through the day, but few of us have to do so from a tent in our garden. Ordinary daily tasks take on a new level of challenging for our heroine, forced to sacrifice an integral part of herself just to survive the emotional stress she is under.  Alice May gives us a tale of the ordinary life of one family, breaks it apart and then challenges us to see if it can be healed.  She looks at how the individual draws strength from deep within themselves and from those around them. For some it is not possible to move forward, not everyone has the capacity for self forgiveness.  Life experiences leave them so badly damaged that there’s no off switch for the self destructive path they have taken.  So we read to see if our heroine can heal herself, forgive and find peace.

It is a deeply rewarding read and one I will remember for a while.  I have always loved books that focus on character and emotion.  Alice May gives me all of these.  There is not always a need for what I think of as wham, bang, wallop in a book! Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these, but sometimes you want a story based in the extraordinary events of an ordinary life.  Its one of the reasons I love books like Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life and Tessa Hadley’s The Past. Courage and strength, pain and suffering come in many forms.  This is my favourite form.  Its the art of being quiet and listening to a story based around human endurance.




Alice May is the 45 year working mother of four not so small children. Married to a very patient man, they live in what was a ramshackle old cottage in the country. She loves listening to the radio in the morning and is both a talented artist and author.

You can visit her author page here

On Facebook  and  Twitter @Alice_May.

Accidental Damage can be bought on Amazon as an kindle book or a paperback.

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