A Degree of Uncertainty Review

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS

US – https://www.amazon.com/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS

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Synopsis: ‘There had been a time when a steady stream of locals walked the streets to attend Sunday morning services, but numbers had dwindled as residents moved out of the town and students moved in, a sort of social osmosis. Harry looked around him, hoping he would see a group of elderly worshippers maintaining the proper order of things. No one came.’

Tensions are rising in the West Cornwall town of Poltowan…

Harry Manchester will not stand by and see his beloved hometown turned into a student ghetto — and many residents and students are relying on him.

But Harry’s stance sets him on a collision course with Dawn Goldberg, formidable Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, who is set on doubling its size and cementing her career legacy.

As Harry’s marriage falls apart, his business comes under threat, and fellow traders accuse him of halting progress, Dawn is battling her own demons, not least the need to live up to her late father’s expectations and erase the memory of his tragic death.

It’s town versus gown, and something’s got to give…

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Author Bio:  Nicola K Smith is a freelance journalist contributing to a number of titles including the The Times, Guardian.co.uk, BBC.co.uk, BBC Countryfile and Sainsbury’s Magazine. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, a town which inspired A Degree of Uncertainty, although it is set in the fictional Cornish town of Poltowan.

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Review: When I began to read the book, I thought how college towns have a bad name to them and Harry describes it as “student ghetto.” I believe it’s all about balance which is something that can be worked on to make it a better atmosphere for everyone. Harry and Dawn’s drama definitely made the story entertaining for me. The overall writing was really good too, I enjoyed the pacing of the story as well.

Harry Manchester is the businessman and Dawn Goldberg is the Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, they often have ideas that clash and cause friction. The overall story is about a Cornish Village that goes through changes in the community due to the growth of the University.

More than anything, it made me reflect about changes that at times we don’t want to make. It gives us insight on how change can be challenging at times. We are often hesitant about change especially when a lot of changes happen in a small amount of time.  It can be challenging at times to get used to change mainly when we are used to doing things in a certain way and it has been that way for a while too.

 

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