Set within the bleak existence of Edinburgh's street homeless this gritty story is about a highly improbable relationship between a man and a woman who occupied worlds that seemed poles apart. What was it about Carol that intrigued Ian? To the world she was inaccessible and a toxic influence on all who encountered her. She was socially dysfunctional, leaving little that waSet within the bleak existence of Edinburgh's street homeless this gritty story is about a highly improbable relationship between a man and a woman who occupied worlds that seemed poles apart. What was it about Carol that intrigued Ian? To the world she was inaccessible and a toxic influence on all who encountered her. She was socially dysfunctional, leaving little that was redeemable. That was until she allowed Ian access to her life. As a hard-bitten homeless-worker, he had seen and done it all and had his fair share of difficult cases to deal with that were par for the course. However, there was something about Carol that he had not seen or dealt with before and which threw him off course. His pursuit of the answer to that something was to have unexpected consequences for them both....
|Title||:||unlocking carol s smile|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
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unlocking carol s smile Reviews
David McAdam, author of Unlocking Carol's Smile, takes us through the real-world daily lives of individuals in the social services industry in Scotland. His characters come into contact with the vivacious and eccentric people "socially-marginalised." It's obvious David brought much of his personal experiences to his novel, which allows the reader to experience the realities of our society, with no sugar-coating and no apologies. I commend David for not holding back unsavoury details, because if he did then he wouldn't be doing this story justice. Whether David writes about the professionals or the clients, he appears to respect all individuals no matter their circumstances.Throughout the novel, we get to know a few characters on both sides of social services - those assisting and those gravely needing the assistance. By following the ups and downs of not only the protagonist, Ian, but his counterparts and his clients, we are guided through the process of assisting homeless individuals get into hostels and/or rehab. There are multitudes of challenges for characters on both sides of the process, battling bureaucratic trivialities and red tape as well as personal personalities and historical anguish hindering success stories. It becomes apparent that the social services industry is one of those fields where every step taken may have consequences, whether it to be trusting individuals seemingly keen to change or placing mistrust where a chance should be taken.We primarily follow Ian's point of view through Unlocking Carol's Smile. A veteran of working in the social services industry, Ian struggles with doing the right thing, vs going by the book, vs listening to his own personal desires. When it comes to his clients, he does everything in his power to assist though struggles with accepting when situations are beyond his control. When Carol comes into his world, Ian treats her with dignity despite her flaring personality. He manages to see something in her that slowly comes to the surface, and their relationship begins hinting towards the unprofessional. As Ian struggles with his conflicting desires, the attention he gives Carol is exactly what she desperately needs.Unlocking Carol's Smile is novel not for the feint of heart of those shy of coarse language. David uses the required language to accurately depict certain situations and he does so without being sinister. This novel is a keen insight to a world many of us enjoy being oblivious to, but it's a world some strong individuals give themselves over to. In this case, Ian gave his heart.
The author skilfully takes you on an emotional journey, where he explores a subject that most of us spend our lives intentionally trying to ignore. The book is an insight into the world of homelessness and those dedicated people who work with and care for them. He takes you through their loneliness, suffering, drug addiction, drunkenness and poverty and makes you see how thin that line is between normal life and destitution. Through his characters, we begin to realise that those less fortunate then ourselves, are in fact real people, with feelings! It is an intriguing story, which I found hard to put down and can certainly recommend.