With the risk of them breaking, will either #follow their heart?
There are times when you find yourself part of a blog tour for a book that hasn’t really won your heart. But I should know by now that a good read – and a gorgeous hero – is guaranteed in any book published by Choc Lit, and I really enjoyed this lovely book by Laura E James.
The Ewespeak concept is really, really clever – kind of Twitter, with sheep and flocks – and each chapter is headed by a “bleat” that moves on the story. The central story sees Victoria walking away from her high-powered life, running the Ewespeak corporation, to try and mend her relationship with four year old Seth. Because of her commitments and a lot of personal baggage Victoria carries, he’s far more attached to nanny Carys than he is to her – there’s real pain when you see him unable to call her “mum”, and shouting that he hates her. Against a backdrop of Dorset’s Chesil Beach, Victoria re-encounters Chris, her first love: he’s had a career a film action hero, but has returned to Dorset to rebuild the lives of himself and his young teenage son after a personal tragedy.
This is a beautiful romantic read, very emotionally affecting, but it also addresses some real issues around family relationships and recovery. It also has the best cast of supporting characters I’ve come across in a while – including the two children, Victoria’s dad and his wonderful girlfriend Olivia, the straight-talking Annabel who steps into the breach at Ewespeak, and the horrendous boo-hiss villain who tries to destroy everything.
I loved it – a cleverly created world, a beautiful love story, and enough dark and light to make it a really original read. Do give it a try – and as the giveaway on this tour is a paperback copy of the book, you might be able to win one by entering via the Rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway (My thanks to JB Johnston at Brook Cottage Books for organising the tour and for all her support: my copy of the book was my own, and my review wasn’t influenced by being part of the tour. )
Laura E James is married and has two children. She lives in Dorset, but spent her formative years in Watford, a brief train ride away from the bright lights of London. Here she indulged her love of live music, and, following a spectacular Stevie Nicks gig, decided to take up singing, a passion that scored her second place in a national competition.