Not Perfect: A Novel Review

Not Perfect: A Novel

By Elizabeth LaBan

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The premise was fascinating to me. A woman’s husband basically disappears on her. It isn’t until close to the end of the book that we found out under what circumstances he leaves. Meanwhile, she tries to survive by stealing or being “resourceful.” The main character, Tabitha, is relatable and this book has some amazing secondary characters. I loved, loved Nora who Tabitha meets in the most unexpected way. I loved Toby, who Tabitha meets while going to an alumni party for the free food. Her kids were sweet for all they had to deal with. Even an annoying character like Julie turned out to have redeeming qualities. 

This novel really kept my attention as I couldn’t wait to figure out where Stuart was and if he ever came back. It was fast-paced. I can relate to Tabitha’s feelings of guilt over certain situations and not being able to move past it. There are some good lessons to be learned from this novel. A very entertaining read.

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What She Left Book Tour

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What She Left

I am so honored to take part in this awesome blog tour! If you liked Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, you will love this book. If you’re a fan of domestic drama, you will love this book. I was enthralled.

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Book Summary

Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.

But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.

Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.

He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.

But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…

My Review

I reviewed this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a fascinating read. Part thriller, part mystery, but mostly about relationships and the secrets we keep. One day, Helen disappears. A campaign is launched to find her. Astonishingly, her husband, Sam, is told by the police a few days later that she turned herself in, safe and well, and has no desire to see him. She vanished on purpose. Sam is haunted by the question of “why” and falls into a pit of drinking and depression.Eventually, we discover why Helen did what she did. The story mainly switches between the perspectives of Sam, his new friend Lara, and eventually, Helen.

I liked the characters in this story. All deeply flawed, but relatable. I was eager to find out why and how Helen had vanished. There are some surprises at the end (although a careful reader could see them coming). This book definitely kept my interest and I stayed up until 3 AM to finish it. I was intrigued by the plot and the ending did not disappoint. I would recommend this to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Purchase Links

Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore/dp/1760292494/ref=tmm_pap_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-She-Left-Rosie-Fiore-ebook/dp/B07253XZR4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Author Bio

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Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market.

Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.

Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018, and in translation is seven countries around the world.

Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rosiefiorewriter/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/rosiefiore

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Halfway to Nowhere (Halfway #1) Review

Halfway to Nowhere (Halfway #1)

By Steena Holmes and Elena Aitken

This was a sweet novel with a really interesting plot. Main character Nikki left her hometown ten years ago and never told anyone why. She’s back due to her mother’s death and needing to put her affairs in order. And she has a big secret with her. She knows if her former best friend, Becky, and her husband, Matt, find out the secret, her whole life will change. 

I liked the story and it definitely kept me engaged. It was a good length. I thought that both Nikki and Becky acted unrealistically at times. That’s my only real complaint about the book. I really liked all of the supporting characters, though. 3 out of 5 chickadees singing. 

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Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas Review

Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas

By Olivia Newport

I’m sorry and sad that I didn’t get this review out before Christmas. BUT please save this book on your list of ones to read next Christmas! 5 out of 5 chickadees singing! This was a truly enjoyable addition to my Christmas reading this year! These stories had sadness and loss, yet also hope and love. I loved that they delved into deeper issues, yet were also very heartwarming. 

I am fascinated by World War II, so I really enjoyed the first book. It’s about a woman who survived World War II who is now living in America and was just semi-forced to move into an assisted living facility. Her physical therapist is dealing with a stalker ruining her life. An unlikely friendship forms between the two at Christmastime. 

The next book is about choir director Angela whose dear friend has just died. She gets put in charge of An Event to Remember Christmas celebration with no time to plan and absolutely everything goes wrong! An unexpected visitor comes to town and ends up uplifting and helping Angela. The Christmas Eve service scene in this book was truly magical! 

I absolutely loved the heart in these stories. They were well-written and engaging. I highly recommend them!

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A Christmas Wish Book Tour

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Genre: Romance Contemporary

Release Date: 1st August 2017

Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus

 

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will?

Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep.

But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going.

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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My Review

I received this book as part of a book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a sweet story with a great plot. Flora was abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and one Christmas Eve, she decides to flee her life and try to figure out where she came from. Some of the townspeople support her search and try to help, while others are angry with her for digging up the past. One person who helps her is police officer Joel, who Flora has an unlucky encounter with her first day in town that lands her in jail. As Flora searches, she begins to question her future and what she wants to do with her life.

Each chapter changes viewpoints and by the end of the book, I would say the reader has been in about 10 different people’s heads. It wasn’t confusing, though. There was one chapter at the end of the book that I think should’ve been left off, as it took away from the reality of the story, but it’s an extremely minor complaint. I love how this book had an element of mystery to it as I tried to figure out, along with Flora, who her mother could be. It also had romance, small-town drama, family relationships, and friendships. This book was well-written and moved at a good pace, even though Flora didn’t have many clues to her origins. A great Christmas read for fans of multiple genres!

Author and Links

Buy Links

https://www.amazon.ca/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com.au/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

https://www.amazon.com/CHRISTMAS-WISH-Erin-Green/dp/1786697955

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wish-Erin-Green-ebook/dp/B071YNFZGQ

 

About Erin Green

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!

Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.

 

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