I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for the lovely and heartwarming Live a Little by Madeleine Reiss. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
About the book:
Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is – finally, finally – marrying her long-term, reliable, boyfriend Dean.
Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn’t understand Lottie’s obsession with settling down with ‘dull Dean’, there’s so much to explore in the world.
The two sisters have drifted apart, living in different countries until the death of their older sister, Mia. Mia was the glue that held them together, made them a family and without her Lottie and Tina realise how little they know each other.
Desperate to remedy this, Tina convinces Lottie to cancel her hen do, fly halfway around the world and set out on a road trip across the US, just the two of them.
But Tina has one more thing up her sleeve to shake up Lottie’s life – she must say yes to everything Tina suggests, no matter what.
About the author:
Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She currently works part-time at a brain injury charity and writes novels for the rest of the week. She has two sons and one grandson and lives in Cambridge with her husband and an extremely paranoid cat called Ruby.
She wrote her first novel at the age of fifty after her mother badgered her to enter a book writing competition that was being advertised on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. In order to stop her mother phoning her up and asking if she had done anything about it yet, she sent off three chapters of a book she had started and abandoned a few years before. To her amazement she won the competition and a publishing contract with Harper Collins. Joy was quickly followed by anxiety since she knew she then had to actually write the book.
This book was ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Since then she has written two more – ‘This Last Kiss’ and ‘Before We Say Goodbye.’
Live a Little by Madeleine Reiss is a beautifully written and heartwarming book that I thoroughly enjoyed. As someone who has sisters herself, I was drawn to this book straight away. It’s a lovely book that’s filled to the brim with love, life and the reality of not just how wonderful it is to have a sister, but also how infuriating it can be at times! The story is told with humour, but has a real emotional depth that touched me to my core. I can’t even begin to imagine what life would be like if one of my sisters was no longer there, so this aspect of the story was especially poignant for me.
Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she’s about to marry her long term boyfriend Dean. Her sister, Tina, on the other hand, is carefree and doesn’t understand Lottie’s desire to settle down with “dull Dean” as there’s still so much to discover in the world.
Lottie and Tina have drifted apart, even living in different countries. But then the loss of their older sister, Mia, makes them realise how little they actually know each other. Desperate to put things right, Tina convinces Lottie to cancel her hen do and travel half way around the world to embark on a road trip across America, just the two of them. But Tina has one last trick up her sleeve – Lottie must say yes to everything she says, no matter what it is.
What follows is a funny, moving and heartwarming tale that moves along at a steady pace. Once started I could not put this lovely book down, with the portrayal of the two sisters being a perfect reflection of what having a sister is really like. Their frustrations with each other, as funny as they often are, cover the grief they both still feel at the loss of their older sister. Mia was the glue that held them together and, without her, they are floundering. Will the sisters finally be able to come to terms with their loss? And will Lottie make the decision to return to her life with Dean? Or will she realise that there really is more to life than what she already has?
There is so much to love about this book. Madeleine Reiss has written a beautiful story that’s full of heart. It’s a story that often had me laughing out loud as the sisters tested each other to the limit, but then something would happen that would bring a lump to my throat, moving me beyond words.
A lovely, heartwarming and poignant read that I would recommend.
Live a Little by Madeleine Reiss is available to buy from September 5th: Amazon UK
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