Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May Book Birthday Blitz

 

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Oh! What a Pavlova is celebrating a year since it’s debut back in 2017 and I’m so pleased to be involved in the celebration Book Birthday Blitz.

Oh! What a Pavlova is written by Isabella May and was her debut novel produced by Crooked Cat Books in October 2017.  The book is available to buy in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link (amazon UK):  myBook.to/pavlova

Product Details

Oh! What a Pavlova
Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

About the Author

Oh What a Author PicIsabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

Social Media Links –
http://www.isabellamayauthor.com
Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author

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How We Remember by J. M. Monaco blogtour book review

 

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How We Remember written by J. M. Monaco, publisher RedDoor Publishing Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2zH1msF

Product Details

Family Secrets. Sibling Rivalries

The blood ties that have kept Jo and her brother Dave together are challenged when an unexpected inheritance fans the flames of underlying tensions. Upon discovering her mother’s diary, the details of their family’s troubled past are brought into sharp relief and painful memories are reawakened.

Narrated with moments of light and dark, J. M. Monaco weaves together past and present, creating a complex family portrait of pain and denial in this remarkable debut novel.

Perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Sylvia Brownrigg, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you stop turning the pages.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting J. M. Monaco’s debut novel.

How We Remember is a remarkable debut novel by J. M. Monaco, it’s a compelling story full of raw, honest encounters that leave scars on the characters lives forever.  The author has created characters that get imprinted on your heart and their story will move you and you will be thinking of them often afterwards.  The author J. M. Monaco isn’t afraid to divulge to the reader life with all it’s beauty and all it’s darkest times.  As a reader you are following this journey with the characters and experience every bump along the journey of life with them.

Jo O’Brien has returned back home to the states following the death of her mother.  Whilst reminiscing during the clear out of her mother’s belongings memories and secrets from the past emerge in vivid dreams.  Memories that are quite dark at times leaving Jo very unsettled.  Jo’s childhood, with her older brother Dave, was a little dysfunctional and Jo would very often daydream about the typical American family, which was so far different to her own.

Shocks and surprises are learnt and whilst overcoming grief Jo has to learn to understand events from her past that have defined who she is now.

This story was very profound, I was drawn to Jo and I felt many emotional pulls whilst travelling through her journey of the past and present.

The ending was very bittersweet and once again my emotions got the better of me.

A story that was at times hard hitting but it’s a story of life and all that is thrown your way.  It’s a story about the complexities of people and of a family who stumble and fall many a time but continue to get up trying to close the door on the darkness.

About the Author

J.M. Monaco grew up in the northeast region of the USA where she studied English and Creative Writing at undergraduate level. She worked in a variety of areas before taking up postgraduate studies in England where she completed her PhD. She now lives in a buzzing city in the South West of England with her husband and children.

Social Media links:

Website:  https://jmmonacofirstperson.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jm_monaco2

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JMMonacoAuthor

 

The Winter That Made Us by Kate Field blogtour book review

 

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The Winter That Made Us written by Kate Field, publisher Accent Press, is available in ebook and paperback format from 20th September 2018.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, Book Depository and amazon.  The ebook is available to download in amazon kindle, iBooks and kobo.

To buy link (Waterstones UK):  https://bit.ly/2D5ivA1

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2OyVmaw

To buy link (Book Depository):  https://bit.ly/2D5bCPf

Product Details

When Tess finds herself unexpectedly alone and back in Ribblemill, the childhood village she thought she’d escaped, she’s sure she can survive a temporary stay. She’s spent a lifetime making the best of things, hasn’t she?
Determined to throw herself into village life, Tess starts a choir and gathers a team of volunteers to restore the walled garden at Ramblings, the local stately home. Everything could be perfect, if she weren’t sharing a cottage and a cat with a man whose manner is more prickly than the nettles she’s removing…
As winter approaches, Tess finds herself putting down her own roots as fast as she’s pulling them up in the garden. But the ghosts of the past hover close by, and Tess must face them if she’s to discover whether home is where her heart has been all along.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kate Field’s latest book: The Winter That Made Us.

When you finish reading a novel and instantly want to buy all the books that the author has written and also that this is a new author to you … this is truly how I felt reading The Winter That Made Us by Kate Field.  I’ve since learnt that The Winter That Made Us is the second visit to the fictional Yorkshire village of Ribblemill, it didn’t hinder or spoil me that I hadn’t read The Magic of Ramblings and I can honestly say that the book can be read as a standalone.  However, I loved the village and it’s inhabitants mixed with the author’s style of writing that I’m eager to read The Magic of Ramblings.

The Winter That Made Us was just such a beautiful story.  It was a wonderful story set in a charming Yorkshire village with it’s inhabitants pulling together bringing an overgrown walled garden that had been long forgotten back to life.  It was also a story of two lost souls who have suffered greatly in the past that are still haunted by their pain.  A story that brings people together and somehow the magic and charm of the woods and the garden gives a helping hand in placing people that need that little bit extra in touch with others that need the same.

Tess has moved back to her home village under a shroud of secrecy.  Tess outwardly looks shiny and bright and full of positivity but you can sense that something is troubling her.  Wanting her own space she decides to rent a cottage in the village unaware that the cottage has also been offered to Noah too.  However, the cottage is big enough for two and has plenty of independent space so a house share agreement is made.  Life back home near her parents isn’t all plain sailing for Tess and many obstacles were to come her way.

Noah has lived in the village all his life.  He’s rugged with a strong outward looking personality but a tragic event in his past has left him struggling emotionally and physically.  Noah knows his limitations but to someone new, like Tess, he can appear rude and unsociable.  The more we see of Noah the more we get to learn of his vulnerability.

I felt like Tess and Noah had had fate play a hand in placing them together as housemates.  Two lost souls each covering up heartaches and tragedies from their past but together they were learning to accept and overcome barriers.  It was like they were finding an inner strength within themselves to help the other.

I loved the community spirit with the restoration of the walled garden, it was inspiring and so heart warming to read.

A gorgeous story that I devoured.  It made my heart sigh a time or two and I was welling up with joyous emotion.  Heartfelt and joyful, I can’t wait for more from Kate Field.

About the Author

katefieldauthorphotoKate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hyperactive cat.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2017.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @katehaswords
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateFieldAuthor/

 

Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend blogtour guest post

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Another Rebecca written by Tracey Scott-Townsend, publisher Wild Pressed Books, is available in ebook format from 13th September 2018.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2oQ7yYZ

Product Details

A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex. They lurch from one poverty-stricken situation to another until Rebecca is hospitalised with exhaustion. While there, she has an illness-triggered hallucination which entangles her deeper than ever into her mother’s psyche. As an art student, Rebecca can’t understand why she is repeatedly impelled to paint a white horse in a blue landscape. And then there is the boy with yellow hair who she glimpses from the corner of her eye.
Bex’s life was frozen by a shocking tragedy when she was nineteen. Her ‘great grief’ caused her to make a decision which nobody must ever find out about. Rebecca has been implicated in her mother’s lies since the moment of her birth, a fact that her father, Jack, has no inkling of.
As Rebecca gets to know her father’s new family, the gap between her and her mother widens. The mystery of Bex’s dark past comes into focus when an old woman she has never met contacts Rebecca, claiming to be her grandmother.
The thunder of hooves is getting closer for both Rebecca and Bex and the blond-haired boy is more and more often in Rebecca’s dreams. Can Bex continue to keep Rebecca in the dark about the circumstances of her birth, or will the final twist in her tail set Rebecca free to make a new life of her own?
Adapted from a short story written by the author when she was an art student, Another Rebecca was inspired by the painting There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the re-launch of the updated and enhanced version of Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend. Tracey Scott-Townsend has prepared an interesting post for my blog giving us an insight into the thought process behind Another Rebecca.

How There is No Night led to Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend

In 1988 my five-and-a-half-year relationship with a boyfriend I met almost as soon as I started university had ended. I lived alone in my flat in one of the roughest areas of Hull, but it was okay because I had lived in that area before and not ended up murdered – as (don’t quote me) a larger percentage of people than in any other area of the city had – on an adjoining street. My first-floor flat had rattling windows and no heating apart from a gas fire in the front room (I can’t believe how hardy I was then; my brother couldn’t believe how icy it was when he drove me back there after a pre-Christmas visit home), but I was happy there. I had no television and hardly spoke to anyone from one day to the next, apart from when I was at art-college, and I dedicated myself to making art and writing my dissertation. Unexpectedly, at the same time, my fiction writing flowed more fluidly than ever from the tip of my pen and my fingers on the typewriter keys.

I napped during the day and stayed up late into the early hours of the morning, writing poems, short stories and a radio play. I hand-wrote the first draft of what eventually became my first novel The Last Time We Saw Marion (accepted for publication by Inspired Quill in 2013). One night I stayed up exceptionally late. I remember the moment I started writing a story – in blue ink – in the pages of a hardback exercise book. I’d been inspired by a painting my tutor had directed me to on my degree course. The painting was called There is No Night, by the Irish painter Jack B. Yeats, brother of the poet, William. Lots of swirly paint in blues, greens and lilac depicts a white horse galloping across a landscape. A smeary figure in the foreground looks like a man in a prone position, propping himself up on his elbow. I imagined him whistling to his horse. That painting was the driver behind the short story that became my novel Another Rebecca (originally published by Inspired Quill; enhanced and re-released by Wild Pressed Books, September 2018). The short story contained all the elements of the novel, just – shorter. The hallucination scene (Rebecca’s in hospital with a high fever) which has become the prologue of the new version of the book, is derived entirely from the painting. After that, elements of my own youth helped form the character of Rebecca. The alcoholism of her mother, Bex, was something I was familiar with from a family member. The locations of the book: Skegness, Lincoln, Leicestershire and Ireland are all places that had significance in my life, too. When I wrote the original story, my favourite author was Alice Hoffman. I loved her use of magical realism and I think that influenced my writing at the time and I’m really glad I wrote the story in 1989, because I’m not sure I would have been able to make it so fresh if I’d started it from scratch today.

I spent a fair amount of time feeling lonely as a young person. I left home in 1980, two or three months before my eighteenth birthday. At first I lived with my older sister, then I lodged in a room in someone else’s house. After that I moved into a small flat of my own. I was doing my A’ Levels at college and working evenings in a nightclub. But it was all the alone-time that gave route to my imagination and creativity – this was before smartphones and handheld games, and no TV for me. Music, books, drawing and writing were my passion. Loneliness had a positive result.

Fast-forward to 1989 and I’m living in my upstairs flat in Hull, alone again after the break-up of a long-term relationship. I have to lug my bicycle up and down a carpeted flight of stairs every time I go out. There’s a ‘brothel’ opposite and shouting often breaks out on the street at night. But I never feel insecure – until the day I hear banging in the locked room at the back of my flat. Dry-mouthed, I call the police on my heavy old dial-up phone, only to discover when I eventually dare to peer out of the bedroom window into the yard that it’s only my landlord. Good job because it was twenty minutes before a policeman arrived! After clearing it out, the landlord awarded the room to me at no extra rent so it was a win-win. I have such fond memories of that flat, and of 1989, when two of my novels were born.

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My upper flat, looking a bit smarter these days (and probably heated, too!)

Giveaway:  Tracey Scott-Townsend is offering seven copies of Another Rebecca as a giveaway during the Blog Tour.  There are two paperbacks and five Kindle copies available.  To enter the giveaway please click on the link below:

Another
Rebecca – Blog Tour – Giveaway

About the Author

Tracey Scott Townsend Author PicTracey is the author of four novels, The Last Time We Saw Marion, (2014) Of His Bones (stand-alone sequel to The Last Time We Saw Marion, 2017) and The Eliza Doll (2016). Another Rebecca was originally published by Inspired Quill in 2015 but has been enhanced and has a beautiful new cover for its re-release in September 2018 by Wild Pressed Books. Tracey’s novels have been described as both poetic and painterly.
Tracey is also a poet and a visual artist. All her work is inspired by the emotions of her own experiences and perceptions. She has a Fine Art MA (University of Lincoln) and a BA Hons Visual Studies (Humberside Polytechnic). She has exhibited throughout the UK (as Tracey Scott). Most importantly, she is the mother of four grown-up children, who have astonished and inspired her.

Website:  https://traceyscotttownsend.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/authortrace

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTrace/

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech blogtour book review

 

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost written by Louise Beech, publisher Orenda Books, is available NOW in ebook and is due to be published in paperback on the 20th September 2018.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and iBooks.

The paperback is available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.

To buy/pre-order link (Waterstones UK):  https://bit.ly/2NqCjBD

To buy/pre-order link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2wSKywS

The author Louise Beech has a book signing event at Waterstones Hull on Thursday 4th October 2018, for more details please click on the link below:

https://www.waterstones.com/events/louise-beech-book-signing/hull-56057

Product Details 

Be careful what you wish for…

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…
Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?
What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?
A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of Louise Beech’s latest novel; The Lion Tamer Who Lost.  I want to shout and rave about this book so much as it totally captivated me and stirred me emotionally, I was completely spent by the end of the book.  It’s a story that will keep you reading till the very end no matter what time of day or night it is.

The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a very unique story with a blossoming tender, quite beautiful love story which reaches an unexpected shocking twist that pulls at your heart.  I was so heartbroken for the characters as life was playing a very cruel hand to them.

When you make a wish long ago and it comes true but the result ultimately changes your outlook on what has past and what’s to come.  A wish that can make your dreams come true but can also shatter your heart in to irreparable pieces.  A wish that is a double edged sword; you want it so much but the desire is tangled up with strong emotions that you have no control over.  A wish that in itself you hoped would come with a warning sign.

Louise Beech’s words flowed so effortlessly within this story and I was hooked from the start.  Ben had wanted to visit the lions in Africa for a long time and made a promise to fulfil his dreams but this journey was a chance to escape something his heart hadn’t expected to happen. I travelled in my mind with Ben to Zimbabwe to the lion reserve and from the start you can sense he is a troubled soul but the sunsets and the nurturing of a lion cub bring a kind of peace to Ben and we slowly learn about his life before Africa.

Andrew is a children’s author and was working on a new project at the time he meets Ben.  Ben and Andrew were very similar in personality, they had a love for lions and their minds were quite in tune with each other.  Numbers and sequences played a crucial part in their understanding of daily life.

The author takes you on a journey that is captivating, beautiful, unexpected and so very tragic.  The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a book that will evoke many emotions within you and it will keep stirring those feelings for a long time.  Effortlessly beautiful.

To learn more about the author Louise Beech please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://louisebeech.co.uk/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/LouiseWriter

 

How to Find Love in the Little Things by Viginie Grimaldi blogtour book review

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How to Find Love in the Little Things written by Virginie Grimaldi, publisher Headline Review is available to download in ebook format now and available to purchase in paperback from tomorrow, 23rd August 2018.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google Play.

The paperback will be available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2OG5Sw4

Product Details 

Welcome to Ocean View. You don’t know it yet, but you’ll be happy here…’
Julia’s not running away. Not exactly. She just needs a break from Paris and Marc and all the sad stuff that’s been going on lately. A little time to pull herself together.
The job offer felt like a lifeline. But now she’s back in Biarritz, suitcase in hand, she hasn’t the faintest idea what she was thinking.
What Julia doesn’t yet know is there’s more to the odds and ends of Ocean View than meet the eye. Behind the double doors lie broken hearts, lifelong secrets, a touch of romance and an unwavering passion for life. And sometimes it’s the most unlikely of places and people who help you find your way.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Virginie Grimaldi’s debut novel: How to Find Love in the Little Things.

How To Find Love in the Little Things was originally published in France in May 2016 and soon became a bestseller resulting in the novel being translated into several languages.  I am thrilled to say the UK version is available to purchase in paperback from 23rd August 2018 and I predict great success for UK sales as this book is truly wonderful.

How to Find Love in the Little Things is the author’s debut novel and after reading it I can totally appreciate the reason it has been received so well.  I simple fell in love with this story.  The author’s prose was fresh, funny, with some wonderful endearing moments.  Virginie Grimaldi has a great sense of comedic timing and when you are dealing with people, especially the older generation, health can play an important and significant role in their lives so to bring humour that was raw and honest to scenes that were quite sensitive and of a serious nature was so heartening and poignant to read.

This story will make you fall in love with a bunch of characters that in real life you probably would overlook.  The ladies and gentleman of Ocean View Elderly Home in Biarritz, France were all at an age were life had treated them to many moments of happiness, sadness, turmoil and struggle but now they were all united in a sort of family, a family of survivors, survivors of life.  From the funny, sweet, charming, to the grumpy, you can’t help wanting to learn more from these characters.

Julia has been taken on as a temporary psychologist at the home covering for a maternity leave.  Julia has been employed to listen to the residents of the home and help them with their emotional needs.  But Julia didn’t envisage that this myriad bunch of elderly people would help Julia more in her own personal happiness and well-being.  This eight month period would be a wonderful time of learning, self-discovery, inspiration, team building, coping with her own loss and grief, acceptance of the past and the welcoming of new beginnings.

I loved every single page of this novel.  It made me laugh, it made my heart swell, I was charmed and I was inspired.  It was thought provoking but most of all it was truly wonderful.

About the Author

Virginie GrimaldiVirginie Grimaldi grew up in Bordeaux and has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first novel aged eight in a green notebook with multiplication tables in the back. It was about love and the sea and featured a thirty-page-long sunset . . .

How to Find Love in the Little Things was first published in France in May 2016 and became an instant bestseller, translated into multiple languages.

You can follow Virginie on Twitter: @GinieGrimaldi

Website:  http://virginiegrimaldi.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/grimaldivirginie/

 

 

 

 

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas blogtour book review

 

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The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway written by Rhys Thomas, publisher Wildfire (an imprint of Headline Publishing Group), is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers, the ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play, iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2MbMWaU

Product Details (as per amazon page)

This is no ordinary love story and Sam is no typical hero…but he is a hero.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception…
Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous, situations.
Then a girl comes into his life, and his ordered world is thrown into chaos … and now Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to finally take off the mask.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Rhys Thomas latest novel: The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway.  This is my first introduction to the work of Rhys Thomas and I was totally entranced by this story and I think The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway may be going on my top reads for 2018 list.  I fell in love with Sam’s story; I wept for him,  I consoled him, I championed him, I cheered for him, I adored him.

Sam Holloway is a young man that has suffered greatly in his life.  As a child he was shy, quiet, studious and didn’t fit in with the ‘in crowd’ but he kept true to his personality and didn’t change himself just to fit in.  Sam found his own place of solitude and happiness and all was well with his life till a very traumatic event, an event that would change his perspective in life, an event that would put obstacles in his mind for his future plan.  When I read about this traumatic, life-changing event it totally moved me emotionally and I felt like my own heart had been split in two.

Sam was to deal with the repercussions from this event in his own unique way that involved a fairly strict routine.  Another way of dealing with his loneliness and emotions was to change into a different persona; Sam had become a modern day superhero/vigilante and would don a costume and patrol the dark streets at night helping those in need and watching out for citizens breaking the law.  However, one day he meets a girl that has her own quirks just like Sam and he can’t get Sarah out of his mind.  But how would a shy, quiet young man like Sam who coped with daily life with it’s routines be able to approach and talk to Sarah?  This was bringing all types of confused emotions to Sam.

Sarah had just recently moved to the area, escaping her own demons from her past.  What she sees in Sam is a sort of kindred spirit and she is charmed by his shyness and his quirky ways.  She finds a strength in Sam that is helping her to move on but due to Sam’s shyness he doesn’t realise how much he is helping Sarah with her own past.

When the past catches up with Sarah, Sam and his alter ego take matters in their own hands bringing with it a danger that Sam hasn’t faced before.

As Sam’s personal life is in turmoil it starts tumbling into his professional life and Sam’s usual calmness in the office soon turns to disarray.

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway was such a charming, quirky, poignant but ultimately happy story.  I loved the character Sam, there are so many people in the world that are happy within themselves and he didn’t need the ‘popular cliques’ to keep him happy.  I also enjoyed the sub-characters in this story especially Sam’s best friends Blotchy and Tango; another two quirky, geeky young men that struggled with their emotions but when a friend is in trouble they became like their own stronger version of themselves.  Sam’s boss, Mr Okamatsu, was another brilliant sub-character and I appreciated his wise words.

A story that will make you smile amongst the tears and will leave you with a sense of hope and belief.

To learn more about the author Rhys Thomas and his work please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://rhysthomashello.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/rhysthomashello