I have been a huge fan of the award-winning South African author, Melissa Delport, since reading her book, Rainfall.  This book is still one of my most memorable reads of all time. Melissa is most well known for her fantasy writing, which is really not my genre of choice, but she also manages to release some of my most favourite contemporary novels too, under the pseudonym, Lissa Del.

Lissa Del

I have literally read every one of Melissa’s books under the pseudonym of Lissa and enjoyed them all. The novella, My Name is Simon, rounded off the Rainfall story beautifully and Riven had me….. well….. rivetted!  So when Melissa contacted me to read an ARC copy of her new book, which launched yesterday, A Life Made of Lava, I jumped at the opportunity!


Evie Danvers has three beautiful if slightly out of control, children; a stray cat named Dr. Moxley and a best friend who drinks unapologetically at 9 a.m. Evie also has stage four bone cancer and a gallows sense of humour that drives her husband, Nick, demented. 

Nick wants Evie to fight. Evie, on the other hand, is almost ready to die. This is not Evie’s first rodeo. She kicked her cancer twice before. But this time around, Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. Instead, she focuses on avoiding her oncologist, playing wicked pranks on her mother-in-law and getting her affairs in order, which includes hiring a nanny to take care of the kids after she’s gone.

Having Julia Soanes in his house would not have been Nick’s first choice. Julia smells of memories. And sex. Something Nick hasn’t had in a while. Nick’s moral objections, however, are short-lived. The woman he loves is dying. He can honour her dying wish. Can’t he?

My Thoughts

Did you ever read a book that made you face your worst fears? Dying and leaving my husband and young children is one of my worst fears and this book tackles that fear with such beauty. Evie’s zest for life as she slowly succumbs to her inevitable death is a thing of fictional beauty. Her antics and her experiences made me laugh, cry and made me hurt. Nick is my hero, I think every woman deserves a husband that loves and adores his wife the way that Nick loves Evie, and yet, he still manages to be so very human in his triumphs and his failures. I wanted to hate Julia, I really did, but I simply couldn’t. Thrust, unfairly into an impossible situation, she fought to do the right thing while still loving a family that wasn’t hers to love.

The End

In the end, I believe Evie did what most of us would do. Or at least what I would do, given the opportunity, she looked out for her family in the most unselfish of ways. Attempting to ensure that they would be loved and cared for and that they would survive her death. I think every mother would try to do what Evie did, or at least I would, because of her love for her husband and her children. It’s a thing of beauty!


A Life Made of Lava is now live for purchase on Amazon’s Kindle store, you can get your copy here:

Disclaimer – I was sent an ARC copy of the book for the purposes of this review.