Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am jumping on the blog blitz for Starting Out by JE Rowney

My Review

I am loving this series of books and it was great to go back and meet Zoe and Violet again now they are newly qualified and embarking on their careers.

In this story we read a lot about the role of a midwife which is fascinating and gives an insight into both the basic tasks like bed changing to the more emotionally challenging tasks including baby loss. We join Violet on her first day on the ward newly qualified and see how she copes with the demands of the role and her own personal anxiety. Vi has a wonderful support in Zoe and this is evident throughout the story.

A refreshing insight into how people can be displaying a calm demeanor on the outside whilst really struggling on the inside. Mental health is so important and I like how this series is putting it under the spot light and showing that it is ok to not be ok and to ask for help and support.

Another wonderful story that I flew through effortlessly, packed with characters we’ve met before and the introduction of a few new ones. I already can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Book Blurb

Violet thought midwifery training was tough, but now she has to step out onto the ward as a newly qualified midwife. She’s standing on the edge of her new life, but taking the leap is harder than she ever expected.

Living on her own for the first time, while best friend Zoe starts to build a future with soon-to-be-husband Luke, everything is changing for Violet.

Can Violet adapt and adjust, or will anxiety get the better of her?

“Starting Out” – the new book from the world of “Lessons of a Student Midwife”.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

J.E. Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, but now lives on the south coast of England. She spent ten years working as a midwife before turning in her gloves to become an author.

She is an award winning poet, and also enjoys writing short stories. In May 2020 she was the winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

“Charcoal”, her first novel, was published in 2012 to wide critical acclaim, and was a bestselling novel on Amazon within days of release.

She spends lots of time writing in coffee shops, so if you see her, say hello.

Ms. Rowney says: “I always dreamed of being a writer, until I realised that I was. Then I started to write.”

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to help with the cover reveal and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x


I am a total bookworm who loves nothing more than to lose herself in a book. My pile of books to read is teetering higher and higher as there are not enough hours in the day compared to how many old and new amazing books there are out there to read. I love to read in my spare time and books are a massive part of our household. I feel really lucky that Daisy also loves losing herself in the amazing worlds the authors are creating for us and neither of us ever go very far without having a book to hand as you never know when an opportunity to read may present itself.

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