Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky, publisher Piatkus, is available in paperback and audio download format from Thursday 25th February, also available now in ebook and hardcover format.
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Everything was perfect on paper . . .
Jamie MacAfee’s life is almost perfect. She’s sure she loves her fiancée, even if she hasn’t quite worked out why she won’t set a wedding date and she certainly adores her job, working as an architect on their family home renovation show. Meanwhile, her beloved mother Caroline has built up her confidence after a painful divorce, working closely alongside her daughter as the very successful host of Gut It!. Everything is going to plan, until the lives of both women are changed overnight.
When the TV channel plan to replace Caroline with Jamie as the show’s host, Caroline is left feeling horribly betrayed – and old in the eyes of the world. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jamie guardian to her small, orphaned step-brother and fiancée to a man who doesn’t want the child.
Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around break down. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, it’s time to find out what they really want – and where their future lies . . .
I am pleased to be part of the blogtour promoting the paperback release of Blueprints. I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.
Jaime is a young architect working for the family building company, MacAfee’s. Her mum, Caroline, is a carpenter and although is divorced from Jaime’s father Caroline is still very much involved with the company. MacAfee’s have enjoyed success on the reality DIY TV show ‘Gut It’ with Caroline and Jaime actively involved. However, the producers have decided that Caroline should step down as the main host and her daughter Jaime should take centre stage. Jaime is not keen to step into her mother’s shoes as she believes her mother is already doing an excellent job as the host. Caroline is furious with this proposal and feels victimised due to her age. A rift is opened between mother and daughter. However, tragedy strikes and an untimely death in the family changes the future for both Caroline and Jaime. Jaime’s life is turned upside down with this tragic event. She has no time to grieve and has to become a mother to her orphaned step brother.
We follow the journey of Jaime and Caroline coping after this tragedy. The rift from before is soon brought to perspective and the girls soon realise that they both need each other.
I loved this family saga of coming together after a tragedy. I also adored how love found it’s way into the lives of Jaime and Caroline after such a devastating tragedy. It gave hope for lighter, brighter days ahead.
I was sad when the story came to an end and in my mind I was planning ahead a continuation story for the characters I had come to love. This is the first book I’ve read by Barbara Delinsky and I loved the characters she created in this story, the storyline flowed well with a whole myriad of emotions felt through the words. I look forward to reading more from Barbara. 5/5*
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The publishers have kindly given me an extra paperback copy of Blueprints to giveaway. Please comment below stating the title of any other Barbara Delinsky novels you have read before. I will pick a winner at random on Sunday. Good Luck.