Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am sharing my review for Life After You by Sian O’Gorman

Happy Tuesday everyone, today I am delighted to be sharing my review for a newly discovered author for me Sian O’Gorman. Since reading Life After You, I have added her previous books to my TBR pile as I loved the journey this story took me on.

Life After You

My Review

A lovely story where we meet Milly and her family, this story takes you on the journey as Milly is trying to come to terms with the loss of her father and finding ways to cope and move forward with her life.

I really liked Milly as a character and the balance of how she was learning to cope with her grief and the ever increasing demands of her job. I loved the passion she had for when she met Mrs Murphy and how this caused her to stop and take notice which triggered a chain reaction of events in her life.

An emotional story on many levels, I particularly liked the way it highlighted imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is a growing issue faced by not only new mums, it is now all around us and this story bought to the forefront how the people who seem to have it the most together often aren’t showing a true reflection.

A story that highlights loss, friendship, mental health and with a touch of romance amongst the glasses of grappa, a great read from start to finish.

Book Blurb

Meaningful and moving, a beautiful story with life-affirming qualities.

Milly Bryne’s world came crashing down when she lost her beloved Dad and boyfriend in a matter of weeks.
Losing her Dad has broken her family. Losing her soul mate made has made her give up on life and love.
After swerving from stability to chaos to despair, Milly finally believes she has her life back on track when the unexpected return of a familiar face to Ireland throws her life once more into a spin. Milly is forced to decide if her new life is the one for her, or if there is another path that will bring even greater riches of joy, excitement and fun into her world. Life just isn’t worth living if your heart isn’t in it?
Perfect for the fans of Cecilia Ahern and Cathy Kelly

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Sian O’Gorman was born in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland, grew up in the lovely city of Cardiff, and has found her way back to Ireland and now lives on the east of the country, in the village of Dalkey, just along the coast from Dublin. She works as a radio producer for RTE.

Where to find Sian

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msogorman

Twitter : https://www.twitter.com/msogorman 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sian.ogorman.7 

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/sian-o-gorman 

Mailing list sign up: https://bit.ly/SianOGormannewsletter

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read and review this superb festive read, I have loved reading these stories about the wonderful residents of Castle Street. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

Kel x

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Please note this post contains Amazon affiliate links, this does not affect the great price you pay for the book but enables me to earn a little extra to keep funding my blog and recommending great books!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction, Debut Book

Today I am very excited to be sharing my 5* review for The Last Charm by Ella Allbright

I love it when you read a book that is so memorable that even weeks after reading you can recall the story as clear as anything, this book is on of those gems and I am excited to share my review with you today.

The Last Charm

My Review

Oh wow what a book, I knew from the first few pages this was going to be a special one!

A gorgeous story to lose yourself in, as I read I learnt the story of Leila’s charm br.acelet and all of the memories that it holds. This book talks you through how she is linked to Jake and the precious story behind her charm bracelet. This is one of those rare books that you pick up and are desperate to keep reading but want to savour the story at the same time and never reach the end.

I laughed and cried reading this book and it shoots straight into that elusive 5* spot and is a truly memorable read, it just has everything and I was transported to Leila’s world whilst reading.

I feel emotionally drained after finishing this book, a superb book that will stay with me for a long time. A beautifully written story brimming with wonderful characters!

Book Blurb

A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…

Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.

This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.

When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.

So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…

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Available to purchase below:

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Meet Ella Allbright

A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.

Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.

When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!

You can connect with Ella/Nikki on:

Twitter – @NikkiMoore_Auth

Facebook – facebook.com/NikkiMooreWrites

Amazon – amazon.co.uk/Nikki-Moore

Blog – nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction

Happy Paperback Publication Day to Rosie Blake who releases The Gin O’Clock Club today!

Happy Paperback Publication Day to Rosie Blake, I am very excited to share my review today for her latest release which I loved!

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My Review

A wonderful story from an author whose books always portray the emotions so well from the highs to the lows.

Lottie is a driven character who is so focused on work that she has stopped looking at what is going on around her and is always busy planning for her next case. After the loss of her Grandmother, Lottie is trying to spend more time with her Grandfather, aim for the promotion at work and fulfil her roles as bridesmaid to her best friend Amy and spend time with her boyfriend Luke.

As life continues to pile on the pressure she becomes so focused on work everything starts to fall out the bottom and her Grandfather tries to help her by getting her to join his gin loving friends for the evening.

This book is full of wonderful characters, I am a sucker for having a giggle with men who remind me of my Grandad and loved the men that formed the friendship group. This book made me laugh, it made me feel sad for Lottie and made me cry happy tears.

A superb book that takes you on a journey with a host of lovely characters that you just know you would love to spend time with. Another wonderful book by Rosie Blake and I can’t wait to see what she releases next!

 

Book Blurb

Bring the sparkle and fizz back into your life with the help of The Gin O’Clock Club

Lottie is always in a hurry, rushing through her days ticking tasks off her to-do lists. Teddy is worried about his granddaughter – and he knows that his late wife, Lily, would have known exactly what to say to make things better. Now that Lily has gone, it’s up to Teddy to talk some sense into Lottie.

With the help of Arjun, Geoffrey and Howard, the elderly reprobates who make up his Gin O’Clock Club, Teddy makes a plan to help Lottie find her way back to the things that really matter – family, friendship and love. But as Lottie balances a high-powered job with her reluctant attendance at whist drives, ballroom dances and bingo, Teddy wonders if she’s really ready to open up her heart to the possibility of true happiness…

Laugh, cry and fall in love with this colourful cast of characters in THE feel-good novel of the year

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Rosie is an author of comic commercial fiction. She started out writing features and short stories for Cosmopolitan, The Lady, The Sunday People, Reveal and Best Magazine. Her first rom com HOW TO GET A (LOVE) LIFE was published in 2014 and Corvus Books signed her for two more: HOW TO STUFF UP CHRISTMAS and HOW TO FIND YOUR (FIRST) HUSBAND. Her latest THE HYGGE HOLIDAY is out with Little Brown now.

Rosie likes baked items, taking long walks by the river and speaking about herself in the third person.

 

Many thanks to Rosie Blake for my gifted copy of this book, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Pop over to my blog today to read my review for The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green, I love reading books by authors I haven’t tried before and finding new authors who I will definitely read again.

The Girl You Forgot

My Review

I love finding a new author to sample and the blurb had me hooked straight away.

A story written from the perspectives of Will & Ava, we meet them at a point where Will needs life saving surgery but stands to lose all of his recent memories.

This is an emotional story where you really feel for both Ava & Will who are caught in a hellish circle from which they don’t appear to be finding any escape. During this story it touches on depression and heartbreak and you spend the entire story with your sympathy swinging between them.

A story that makes you think what would you do if you found yourselves in a scenario where you or a partner needed life saving surgery but would stand to lose their memories. A story full of complex emotions that makes you thankful for your family and friends and the memories that you create.

 

Book Blurb

Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breaking, deeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

 

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

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Giselle Green is an award-winning, bestselling contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and owner of one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships.

Social Media Links

Twitter Profile: @gisellegreenUK

Website: https://gisellegreen.com/

Facebook Profile: Giselle Green Author

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/giselle-green

Newsletter sign up: https://bit.ly/GiselleGreenNewsletter

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction, Debut Book

Today I am sharing my review for Art & Soul by Claire Huston

I am really excited to be sharing my review for Art & Soul by Claire Huston, when Claire approached me to ask me to read her debut novel I was really excited to dive in.

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My Review

A brilliant light hearted debut by Claire Huston, she has created bright and vibrant characters that were easy to visualise and with a great contrast of personalities. I loved Becky and the tactics she adopted to reach her goals, I love a savvy woman and she jumped right off the pages at me.

With a teenage daughter who loves to paint, I loved the artistic descriptions and how Charlie’s muse was bought into the story. He was a character who has been knocked in life following his wife leaving and Becky was the perfect person to help him get his life back on track.

A book brimming with complicated relationships, problem solving, friendship and jealousy.

I really enjoyed this story and will definitely look out for more from Claire Huston in the future.

 

Book Blurb

There’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…

Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.

So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.

Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky and Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. Art and Soul is her first novel.

A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at http://www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 100 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

As well as her website, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Goodreads: linktr.ee/clairehuston_author

 

Many thanks to Claire Huston for my gifted copy of this wonderful debut to read and review. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction

It’s the weekend and I am kicking off with a review for Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis #backablogger #dearemmieblue @lisforlia @orionbooks

It’s the weekend and what better way than to kick it off with a review for this gorgeous read Dear Emmie Blue, I love reading books by Lia Louis and this was simply wonderful to read.

 

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My Review

I picked up this book after reading some wonderful reviews and oh what a gorgeous read it is. Emmie Blue is a wonderful character who is so desperate to fall in love and be loved but still haunted by memories of a particular night at school that
occurred years before.

The concept of the story and how Emmie released her red balloon won my heart instantly. I loved the friendship dynamics between Luke, Eliot & Emmie and how as the story unfolded you learnt more about the brothers and the wonderful way Emmie came into their lives.

This story is set between a town local to me in England and France, it is full of love and hope and one that I loved reading from beginning to end. By the last page even I was a little in love with the lovely Eliot and hoped he would also get his happy ending as they all prepared to move onto the next stage of their lives.

 

Book Blurb

Emmie Blue has a secret…

A long time ago, Emmie Blue released a red balloon with a secret message hidden inside – and against all odds, across hundreds of miles of ocean, it was found on a beach in France by a boy called Lucas.

Fourteen years later, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Emmie hopes that Lucas is finally about to kiss her. She never expected him to announce that he was marrying someone else!

Suddenly Emmie’s dreams are shattered and the one person in her life she can rely on is slipping through her fingers. But what if Lucas isn’t her forever? What if her love story is only just beginning…

Don’t miss the love story that everyone is talking about this summer! Perfect for fans of Beth O’Leary, Josie Silver and Cecelia Ahern.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Lia Louis is a writer from Hertfordshire, where she lives with her partner and three children. She has written two novels to date – Somewhere Close to Happy and Dear Emmie Blue – and her work has been translated into 11 languages. In 2015, she won ELLE magazine’s annual talent competition with her contemporary love letter, #RelationshipGoals. Lia can be found tweeting at @LisforLia.

 

Many thanks to Orion Publishing for the invitation to take part in this blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am sharing my review for Life Lessons by JE Rowney #lifelessons #rachelsrandomresources #backablogger @rararesources @jerowneywriter

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine on this glorious Friday, today I am sharing my review for Life Lessons which is my first book be JE Rowney that I loved reading.

 

Life Lessons

My Review

So sad to have reached the end one minute I was at 75% and revelling in how Violet was coping and adapting and the next I’m at the end!

I loved the story of the three university students and although there was a lot of focus on everyone at the beginning this helped us get to know the main characters and as the story progressed it became much more focused on Violet.

This is a series I can’t wait to read, the detail of the births and procedures is written in a factual way without complicated terminology to confuse the reader and it genuinely feels like your walking through a birth as you read and are part of Violet’s journey.

A great start to the series that left me keen to keep reading as I felt that I wasn’t ready to stop my journey with Violet.

Book Blurb

For fans of “Call the Midwife”, “Hard Pushed” or “This is Going to Hurt”.

Life Lessons is a new adult chick-lit medical drama, with splashes of clean romance.

Expect an unputdownable emotional page-turner that will take you deep into the life lessons of a student midwife.

Violet wants to be a midwife, but she has struggled with anxiety throughout her teenage years.

With her best friend Zoe at her side, she gets a place at University and starts training for her dream job.

Can she overcome her fears and find the self-confidence to make it through her first year?

Will Zoe’s romance with their housemate spell dating disaster?

Book one of the Lessons of a Student Midwife series.

This book is a prequel to Ghosted, the bestselling novel.

 

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

J.E.Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, which brings the flavour of the moorland countryside into her work. She now lives in Dorset, and the sun and sea are slowly creeping in as influences.

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

Ms Rowney has recently been awarded the Dinesh Allirajah Writing Prize 2020.

Her third novel, “Ghosted”, was released in January 2020 and quickly also became a bestseller.

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.”

You can find out more about JE Rowney on her website at jerowney.com, or follow @jerowneywriter on social media.

 

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to join the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Today I am delighted to be taking part in the Blogger Day for The Wish List by Sophia Money Coutts

Everyone loves a mid week book recommendation and today I am excited to be sharing my review for The Wish List as part of the blogger day to celebrate publication day tomorrow!

 

My Review

When I saw the email pop up to read and review The Wish List, I jumped at the chance to read and review for the blogger day as I had seen some fantastic reviews for this book.

Florence is a wonderfully complex character who has put in various coping mechanisms after suffering a major trauma in her childhood. Her relationship with Marmalade reminded me of my daughter’s love for her cat and made me love the story even more.

The concept of the wish list is genius and I loved the introduction into the story of how the idea was born. I found the dynamics in the family relationship brilliant with the step mum and her neurotic behaviour. As the book progressed my feelings on the relationship between Florence and her sisters altered. Florence is a character that I gained admiration for as I read, I loved how she started to recognise what her dreams were and take steps to implement them.

If you are looking for a story to make you laugh and cringe throughout, this is the perfect book for you, the characters are vibrant and totally different from each other. The setting in the book shop is truly wonderful and I have reached the end of this story smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy. A highly recommended read that will give you the ultimate feel good fix.

 

Book Blurb

‘You want me to write a list? Like a shopping list?’
Gwendolyn nodded. ‘Exactly. But for what you want from a man, not ASDA.’

Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her beloved cat Marmalade keeps her company at night. She might have been single for quite a while – well, forever actually, if anyone’s asking – but she’s perfectly happy, thank you. And then Florence meets eccentric love coach Gwendolyn, and everything changes.

When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, has the sexual athleticism of James Bond and can overlook her ‘counting’ habit? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…

Rory seems to fit the list perfectly. But is he ‘the one’, or simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Sophia is a British journalist and author who spends most of her time writing at her kitchen table in West London and making 59 cups of tea a day. She has written two novels – The Plus One and What Happens Now? – and hopes to carry on writing books that make people laugh forever. Because we could all do with more of a laugh, these days, couldn’t we? Sometimes, if she’s not drinking lukewarm cups of tea in her leggings at home, she appears on radio and television talking about important topics such as Prince Harry’s wedding and the etiquette of the threesome.

 

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Today I am very excited to be joining the blog tour for Below the Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin

I am absolutely buzzing today to share my review for Below the Big Blue Sky, the wonderful new release from Anna McPartlin.

 

My Review

This book picks up in the immediate aftermath and heartbreak of Rabbit’s death it is heartbreaking from the very first page and there is a balance of extreme sadness and happiness as the family tries to figure it’s way forward without the glue that was Rabbit.

I absolutely loved this book, I loved reading The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes and loved how this book just followed straight on and the story of this wonderful family continued. This story confronts the many different ways that grief manifests itself as you follow the journey of the Hayes family over the year that follows immediately and beyond.

At times this book made me laugh but the grief with tangible throughout you could almost reach out and touch it and I cried at many stages during this wonderful book.

A truly brilliant book that is one of those rare gems that will stay with me as these characters remain firmly imprinted in my imagination.

 

Book Blurb

When forty-year-old Rabbit Hayes dies, she leaves behind a family broken by grief. Her mother Molly is distraught and in danger of losing her faith. Her father Jack spends hour upon hour in the family attic, poring over his old diaries, losing himself in the past.

Rabbit’s brother Davey finds himself suddenly guardian to her twelve-year-old daughter Juliet. Juliet might be able to fill a hole in Davey’s heart – but how can he help Juliet through her grief when he can barely cope with his own?

Meanwhile, Rabbit’s sister Grace is struggling with the knowledge that she carries the same gene that made her sister ill, and Rabbit’s best friend Marjorie is lost, struggling to remain a part of a family she has always wished was her own now that her link to them is gone.

But even though the Hayes family are all fighting their own battles, they are drawn together by their love for Rabbit, and their love for each other. In the years that follow her death they find new ways to celebrate and remember her, to find humour and hope in the face of tragedy, and to live life to its fullest, as Rabbit would have wanted.

Below a Big Blue Sky will make you laugh, cry and shout with joy for the colourful, unruly Hayes family as they battle with the loss of their beloved Rabbit, the daughter, mother, sister and friend, who in her own crazy way taught each of them how to live, and goes on showing them how to love from beyond the grave.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Anna McPartlin is an international best selling author, currently published in 15 languages across 18 countries. Pack Up The Moon and The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes were nominated for Irish book awards. Rabbit Hayes also won a silver readers book award in Germany. In the UK it was a Simon Mayo and Richard and Judy book club pick and in the USA it was a Barnes & Nobel Book of the Month.


In the last few years Anna has been honing her TV scriptwriting skills working on medical drama ‘Holby City’ for the BBC (UK), legal drama ‘Striking Out,’ for RTE (IRE) and historical adaptation Jesus His Life for History Channel (USA).


Anna was nominated for an Irish Film & Television Academy award for her one off bi-lingual drama ‘School Run,’ and is currently in development with Hot Drop Films / Treasure Entertainment and funded by Screen Ireland for the film adaptation of ‘Rabbit Hayes.’ She is also in development for a crime series ‘Serious Crimes,’ with Blinder Productions (Virgin Media) in IRE. A historical crime drama with Noho Film & TV (UK) and ‘Richter,’ an RTE/NZ TV co-production crime drama with Blinder Productions.
Anna’s first children’s book the ‘Fearless Five’ came out May 2019. Her next fiction novel ‘Below The Big Blue Sky,’ is on shelves in UK and IRE in April 2020 and she is currently working on her ninth commercial fiction title.


Anna started out briefly as an actress and stand-up comedian but although her heart wasn’t in performance, she revels in storytelling and shining a light in dark places. Anna’s USP is in tackling difficult subjects with understanding, empathy and humour that spills onto every page.

 

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Many thanks to Compulsive Readers for the invitation to join the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

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Today I am sharing my review for Something to Live For by Richard Roper to celebrate the recent release in paperback #somethingtolivefor #backablogger #paperbackrelease @richardroper @orionbooks

Check out the new updated paperback cover for Something to Live For by Richard Roper which is out now!!

My Review

I love finding new authors and Something to Live For is a heartwarming and thought provoking book that will take you on a journey with Andrew.

Andrew lives an insular life and mainly interacts with his friends online who he has found through his love of trains. Throughout this book you are trying to piece together why Andrew has created a fictional family and gone to such lengths to maintain the pretence.

Andrew works for the council in a role that I had never even stop to consider and whilst reading this book it made me reflect on people who live alone and hoping that someone kind hearted like Andrew does exist for ensuring they receive the send off they deserve.

Andrew is a really complex character and I really enjoyed this brilliant and memorable book, it is heartwarming whilst heartbreaking and it makes you reflect and fall in love with Andrew.

Book Blurb

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

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