I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for the incredible and moving Something To Live For, the debut novel by Richard Roper. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Orion Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.
About the book:
Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…
All Andrew wants is to be normal. 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 his little white lie 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.
About the author:
Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to a next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.
Richard Roper lives in London. SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR is his first novel.
Oh, what a delightfully moving book this is! I loved it from the outset and it kept me enthralled right up until the final page had been turned. A thought provoking read that pulls at your heartstrings at the same time as making you laugh out loud, almost cringing at some of the situations Andrew finds himself in as he tries to fit in with the world around him.
Something To Live For is an impressive and emotional debut novel written by Richard Roper. It tells the story of Andrew, a 42 year old man who works for the council, searching for the next of kin of people who have died alone, even going so far as to attend their funerals if they have no family members or friends. He lives a very isolated life, his only real contact with people being his work colleagues who believe he lives a very different life to the one he is living, and his friends on the model train forum, none of whom he has met in person.
This is a book that sucks you in from the very first page, taking you on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride with this sad and lonely man who somehow needs to find a purpose to his life and learn how to live again. Andrew has spent the last five years living a lie of his own making. He accidentally told his new boss that he had a wife and two children, but has been unable to extricate himself from this lie ever since, falling deeper and deeper into it until he almost starts to believe in this fantasy life himself.
Even though Andrew’s story is in many ways a sad tale, it will ultimately leave you feeling uplifted and hopeful that even after many years of being stuck in your ways, it isn’t too late to finally learn how to live again.
Something To Live For is a beautifully written book, with a wonderful supporting cast of characters who I liked from the start. Andrew got under my skin from the moment he was introduced and I found myself rooting for him to have the happy life I felt he deserved. It’s a surprisingly quirky tale that’s full of humour and warmth, but is also one that is heartbreakingly poignant at times.
With a debut as impressive as this one, I can’t wait to see what Richard Roper comes up with next! Highly recommended.
Something To Live For by Richard Roper is available to preorder now: Amazon UK
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