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Summary

Meet Yola Palacios. Having escaped crumbling, socialist Venezuela, Yola and her family are settling into their peaceful new life in Trinidad. But when her beloved Aunt Celia dies, the family once again find their lives turned upside down. For Celia had been keeping a very big secret – the Palacios are seriously in debt to a local criminal called Ugly and without the funds to pay him off, they must do his bidding until the debt is cleared. 

So far, so ugly. 

In the midst of the turmoil appears Román – Ugly's distractingly gorgeous right-hand man. And although she knows it's foolish, not to mention dangerous, Yola just can't help but give in to the attraction. 

Could this wildly inappropriate (and very messy) romance be the perfect antidote? 

Told with wry humour and irresistible wit, One Year of Ugly is a devastatingly funny, blisteringly fresh story of family, first love and finding home.

©2020 Caroline Mackenzie (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A glorious, darkly funny read that simply roars off the page." (RED Magazine)

"Deliciously dark." (Emma Jane Unsworth)

 "Funny and important." (Laura Jane Williams)

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Addictive! Hilarious and Educational

Could not stop listening! And as a fellow Trinidadian it enlightened me and brought to my attention so many things I never really thought about before. Excellent and well written. So proud of this author and that she is from my country!

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Huge ambition, totally failed to deliver

Where do I start. Unlike able characters, barren plot, frothy depiction of refuge issues, part written by a thesaurus. Just awful

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The narrator is brilliant!!

Loved the story immensely- brilliantly light and yet extremely thought provoking. The narration elevates it in the audio form without a doubt. Excellent pacing!!