Incredibly Evie is a well-balanced, pretty normal young twenty-something. So far, so usual you might think – other than the fact that Evie is far from usual. In fact she is remarkable. With a childhood full of hardships and sorrow behind her, the fact that she has emerged as a loving, caring human being is nothing short of a miracle. Of course, this doesn’t mean that there are no lingering demons to contend with- and these very much form the basis of the book.
As Evie searches for love, in many forms, her incredible group of friends and extended loved-ones grows as they support both her and each other through every trial life decides to throw at them.
Christie Barlow isn’t afraid of taking a scene and wringing every last drop of emotion from it- and I feel a bit like I’ve been on a roller coaster this morning- laughing out loud one minute and then trying to swallow a giant lump in my throat the next.
The plot deals with several sensitive issues that will affect every reader- no matter their background- but the author treats them with care and respect- allowing them to flavour the story beautifully.
Over all, this is a gorgeous, life-affirming read about a bunch of characters you come to really care about.
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The Blurb:It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.
Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books - after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.
Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.
Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.
As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?
A romantic, funny and poignant story of living life to the full and finding love in the most unlikely of places. Fans of Debbie Johnson and Cathy Bramley will adore this book!
About Christie Barlow:Christie Barlow was born in Cheshire and had a successful career as a civil servant until she decided to trade it in for something more glamorous: ironing, mucking out chickens and horses and chasing a mad cocker spaniel while rearing four children. Christie wrote her debut novel, A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, as an example to her kids about realising their dreams.